As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had no idea when I started writing that domestic violence would play any part in Dream or Destiny. When David (the hero of the story) started telling me about the abuse he and his sister suffered, I pointed out the story wasn’t about domestic violence. (Yes, I argue with my characters when they talk back to me.) However, I decided to do a little research so I could put in just enough information to shut David up. I had some knowledge of abuse from reading the lessons my husband had to study to keep his law enforcement certification active.
However, in my research, I came across first-person accounts from victims of domestic violence, and I realized my character was leading me in the right direction. The abuse David and Barbara experienced had to become a major part of the story. Perhaps through my story, readers will gain a better understanding of domestic violence. In a small way, I could become a voice for domestic violence victims.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) is seeking many more voices.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline and campaign founding partner General Federation of Women’s Clubs, along with many individuals and organizations, are dedicated to signing up one million people who are willing to educate, inform, and raise awareness about the problem of domestic violence and the programs that can help.
I have joined the Million Voices Campaign to help raise awareness of domestic violence. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I encourage you to learn more about domestic violence, and if you’re as distressed as I am about the problem, join the Million Voices Campaign.
I don’t have any personal or professional experience with domestic violence. However, Bluestocking, who has been a domestic violence victims’ advocate, said this in her review of Dream or Destiny:
I think the author did an excellent job with developing his psychology throughout the book. I have extensive personal experience with Domestic Violence, and I can tell you none of David’s story is farfetched.
If you enjoy romance and mystery, you can learn more about domestic violence as you read Dream or Destiny for enjoyment. I will donate $5 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline for every copy of the novel that is sold during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
To thank you for your purchase and the opportunity for me to make a donation, I will send you an e-book of the contemporary romance, Fern’s Fancies.
If you purchase an autographed copy of Dream or Destiny directly from me, I will automatically e-mail your e-book and make the donation. If you order from GASLight Publishing, LLC or Amazon.com, contact me using the request form to let me know where you bought the book; I will make a donation to the NDVH and send your free e-book.