There have been many people who have helped with my writing career. My sisters and dad for their first line edits. My critique partners throughout the years and Margie Lawson for teaching me how to make every sentence impact the reader.
The men and women in law enforcement and our military have always inspired me. Their dedication and relentless pursuit of freedom and justice for all, will never truly be recognized by society. Most officers and military personnel didn't go into the job thinking, "I'm going to make a lot of money and kick ass doing it!" They join because of a strong belief in protecting our society on a local, national, and global scale. My books are full of strong, formidable women who never give up the fight. Thank you for your service.
Kansas City Missouri Police Department A few good women are always needed! Or check out your local police dept.
Obviously, the victims I've met throughout they years have influenced me as a writer. Some of them so incredibly sweet, you wonder how they survived the brutality. Others so incredibly mean, you wonder how they could possibly be a victim. But the common denominator with every victim is the is the bravery they displayed just by calling the police and asking for help. Domestic Violence starts slow and debilitates the victim's self esteem and self worth. By the time it becomes physical, the victims commonly believe they are the cause of the violence. I've met victims from every walk of life. There are no boundaries. In Sex Crimes the victims are commonly judged for their actions leading up to the crimes against them as well as being judged by their reaction to that crime. One night "on the town" has torn apart so many lives. If you weren't victimized, count yourself lucky, but don't judge those who didn't escape unscathed. Facing the judgmental nature of our society alone is an act of indescribably bravery.
Following through with prosecution shows more guts than you could possibly imagine. I applaud each and every one of you who have and offer important links to those in need.
Warning: Internet use is impossible to erase. If you are afraid your browsing history is being tracked by your abuser, call the numbers below from a safe phone line.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
1 (888) 373-7888
SMS: 233733 (Text "HELP" or "INFO")Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
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