For those who have been following my post over the last few months, you will recall I’ve been posting about my second book. I’m getting excited because we are getting closer to the reality. I hope with this post I can entice you a little more.
I decided I would take a risk and publish it as a memoir. It does not exactly meet the strict guidelines as a memoir. I felt the book would lose realism and validity if presented as fiction based on a true story. Making my decision, I considered the advice many of my followers provided and I can’t thank them enough. I found many authors of memoirs often include a note explaining any idiosyncrasies. Below is my author’s note and I hope after reading it, you will agree it bridges any doubts.
“When I wrote this manuscript, my intent was to share a portion of my life story, otherwise a memoir. A memoir by definition needs to be truthful. My story begins at early childhood, more than sixty years ago. Often my memory was fragmented or hazy. Attempting to recall descriptions and conversations from that period of my life unerringly was an impossible task. What I present is my story as best my memory could recall. The substance of conversations and events have been captured, yet are not intended to be literal.
I also chose to change individual names, some locations, and certain identifying details to protect the anonymity the people depicted. Whether the experts would accept my presentation as a memoir, might be disputed. Yet, this story is mine as best to my recollection. The importance is that the reader becomes aware of the essence of my story.”
As further enticement, I included the book overview (description) I intend on using. As always, I value any comments you wish to leave.
“The veil of secrecy over the American family prevails and the covertness of child abuse continues. According to the National Children’s Alliance, approximately 700,000 (683,000 in 2015) children are abused each year. Child Protective Service (CPS) reports they investigate 3.4 million children and place them under the care of the CPS. These are frightening statistics attesting that child abuse is not in decline, but rather the opposite.
Child abuse or child maltreatment is physical, sexual, or psychological mistreatment or neglect of a child or children. Have you ever suspected or even witnessed child abuse in public or in a home? If you did and did nothing, you are condoning the act and its effect on the child. Child advocacy groups are begging for the public involvement. Yet, little is being done.
What Did I Do? is Chuck Jackson’s true recollection of the abuse he received from both his parents. It is a story where he spent years struggling to please them without succeeding. It is a story where they told him he was irredeemable and unworthy of being their son. When he saw love and happiness in other families, he wondered why not his.
Chuck came out of the darkness to expound on the stigma attached to child abuse. He admitted to the affects of shame, anger, guilt, and depression that he and so many experience. He tells the story of survival where he felt he was invisible. Follow him where he sought a warm touch and a kind word of praise. Follow his desperation for love from anyone. Follow Chuck’s story and help answer his question, what did I do?”
“Justice will not be served
until those who are unaffected
are as outraged as those who are.”