In the last few weeks I have received numerous comments and compliments regarding my expertise on the subject of abuse and abduction. I don’t want to mislead anyone, so I thought I better clarify a few things. First, I am not an expert. I do not have a PHD in Psychology or a degree in Behavioral Sciences (although there are times I wish I did.) To be an expert, I would need to acquire some sort of educational degree in these subjects, which I have not.
So then, what makes me knowledgeable of this area? Well, I have done research on the subject prior to writing the book Branded, and continuously follow up on the FBI website for current information. I have taken a couple psychology courses and have an idea of the human psyche. I was almost abducted when I was in elementary school, but a crossing guard saved me. My sister was abducted when she was two, but was found 4 blocks away, still with her abductor. I knew a person who vanished and watched the family spend every dollar they had on investigators to look for him. I comforted teens who were hit by their parents or ran away from home and seen the desperation and pain that filled their eyes as we talked. Plus, I have taken in family members who fell on hard times and lost everything, watching them go from hopeful to hopeless within weeks.
Now, I am an author trying to market and sell books and found a way to incorporate pieces of the above into the stories. I make the characters vulnerable in some way – something we all can relate too. Then the question is how will it be implemented? Will it make the character the hero, the villain or the Good Samaritan? What do they do? What is their reaction? Find out for yourself.
The questions I have listed under the fan section of my site only gives you a glimpse into the world of Cat Johnson, the main character in Branded. Those that actually read the book write me about how real it was for them. One fan read Branded over 300 times because she relates to the emotional undertones in the story so much it became comforting for her. (True story) She can’t wait for the sequel. Problem is, I’m not ready to write it yet. I have 3 other books to finish first.