coming so soon

By | January 21st, 2014|2014 Edition, book launch, websites and weblogs|

At long, long last Strong at the Heart is coming out in paperback. Before the actual launch in February, I'm updating this website to a responsive site thanks to the skill and the patience of Tiff Renée at DesignMotif. She's making it possible for you to read this site on cell phone or tablet. Here's [...]

reader review

By | March 30th, 2011|reviews|

When a book first comes out, there's a rush of professional reviews. But my favorite kind, by ordinary readers, keep coming. Sometimes it's an email or letter to me personally. Here's one that appeared on Ciao!, via Bing, written by a young woman in England: Who This Book Is For This book is for anyone [...]

when a parent was sexually abused as a child

By | December 30th, 2010|books, media, reader response|

On the young feminist blog fbomb there's an article that examines the developing awareness of a young woman whose mother was a survivor of sexual abuse.The blog post includes an essay that the author wrote three years ago, when she was 17. Liz P talks about her feelings of isolation and the effect that knowing [...]

stop the violence radio

By | December 22nd, 2010|events, media, men and boys|

If you want to hear the voices of real survivors of childhood sexual abuse, talking frankly about what happened to them and how they heal, check this out. Cliff Berkowitz, founder of KHUM in Northern California, DJs an eclectic morning show. For three weeks each November, he uses his show to raise awareness of interpersonal [...]

something you can do

By | November 4th, 2010|media, men and boys, Uncategorized|

Here's a nifty project that needs the attention of people who want to stop child child sexual abuse, raise awareness of the issue, and support survivors in their healing Dr. Michael Irving has been working on a monument for survivors. His metal sculpture, built on the artwork of survivors, needs to receive votes at the [...]

Japanese edition

By | June 17th, 2010|awards and honors, books|

Just now I opened a puffy envelope from McMillan, the company that now owns my publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Inside, amazing, four copies of Strong at the Heart in Japanese! This edition has two new interviews, one at the beginning and one at the end of the book. Each is with a young Japanese [...]

tender morsels

By | May 18th, 2010|books|

If you like to read fantasy, fairy tales and books that honestly address issues that child sexual abuse survivors face, you should not miss Tender Morsels by Australian author Margo Lanagan. Loosely based on the Grimm Brothers fairytale Snow White and Rose Red (which is NOT the Snow White of Disney fame), this young adult [...]

yet another escape from a polygamist cult

By | February 15th, 2010|books, reviews, Uncategorized, writing|

Okay, this is the third novel about a young teen girl who escapes from forced marriage in a polygamist cult that has cross my desk in the space of a year. Keep Sweet, by Michele Dominguez Greene, is a good read. Like the other two I've reviewed here, this book has its virtues, but laid [...]

when they start writing the history

By | October 2nd, 2009|books, writing|

Right now I am reading a brand new book The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse by Nancy Whittier. It's the first study of the movement to end child sexual abuse in the United States.

escape from polygamist cult

By | April 27th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Two new young adult novels deal with teenage girls in polygamist cults. This is right from the headlines stuff, of course. The authors take very different approaches, in ways that are of interest to CSA survivors and anyone who has been exploited by organized groups. The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams (May, 2008) is [...]