I’ve written a novella which is due to be published soon. This is a little taste of it. It’s a story about love and violence. I was moved to write it when I heard that some legal changes had been put in place to decriminalise domestic violence, and that funding cuts for survivors in the US will have terrible consequences for women and children.
Domestic violence wrecks lives, and even ends them. Google tells me that about 4,000 women die each year due to domestic violence. Of the total domestic violence homicides, about 75% of the victims were killed as they attempted to leave the relationship or after the relationship had ended. 73% of male abusers were abused as children. It’s a cycle of terror and sadness and loss and desperation.
This is a story that’s been in my head for a long time and now feels like the right time to put it out into the world. It’s a short book, so it’s an easy read.
It’s called Blurred Roses, because that’s what bruises sometimes look like. I’ve done the cover illustration too.
I hope you like the intro – do give it a listen. If you need help for yourself or someone you love who’s in a violent relationship, help can be found here.
The book will be out in March. Stay tuned for more info.
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