Saturday, April 18, 2020

Interview With Author Mannette Morgan

 Finding Your Voice: A Path to Recovery for Survivors of Abuse by [Mannette Morgan]

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?

I was teaching life skills classes at a local organization that helped single women get back on their feet after facing difficult situations. I found that I could personally relate to these women, as I was a young, single mother of two who had been in an abusive relationship (as well as childhood trauma, emotional and sexual abuse). My class How to Heal After Abuse went from just one hour-and-a-half class to eight sessions of the same length, and I still couldn’t convey all the information I wanted to share.

After teaching these classes for a few years, I found myself starting the process of writing Finding Your Voice. To be honest, in the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. I knew I wanted to share what I had learned over the past thirty years of healing so that other survivors could put the pieces of their lives back together and learn how to live a healthier and happier life after surviving abuse.

I also wanted to provide a healing tool that could be accessible to anyone, no matter where they lived or their economic situation. As a young single mom who was broke and felt alone, I wish I would have had a book like Finding Your Voice to help me through the recovery process.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?

Finding Your Voice is a personal, comprehensive guide for any survivor of abuse making the journey toward healing. However, I also wrote it for anyone who has a friend or loved one who has been abused and wants to learn more about the effects of abuse and how to help them heal. I have personally walked the path of healing for more than three decades, built upon the foundation of self-help work, therapy, and reflection.

I would say that it is part memoir, part blueprint for recovery. I use a mix of personal anecdotes, accumulated knowledge, expert techniques, and common sense to encourage other survivors as they move step-by-step to a place of recovery.

I lead each survivor through The Five Stages of Healing, which I have made into a tree metaphor.

1.     Seedling: this stage is all about stepping out of denial and getting help so the survivor can change their perception and start healing.

2.     Roots: this step is all about improving the relationship each survivor has with themselves and learning how to embrace the The Big 3 (unconditional self-acceptance, self-love, and self-respect). This is all about starting to take back what we have lost!

3.     Trunk: this step is learning how BAR (behaviors, actions, and reactions) can affect every part of a survivor’s life. I help survivors recognize, manage, and utilize their negative and positive coping skill so they can obtain more balance in their lives.

4.     Branches: this step is all about self-discovery. I teach survivors how to dig deep so they can discover what is important to them, which will enable them to reach their dreams and desires. 

5.     Blossoms/leaves: this final step is all about finding more happiness and joy, which is all any of us wants. I help survivors learn how to let go of The Happy Busters (guilt, shame, fear, worry, anxiety, and anger), which are the most challenging obstacles to obtaining happiness.

I also provide survivors with the key components of a healthy relationship:

·       The importance of unconditional acceptance, love, respect and trust
·       Communication
·       Healthy boundaries

Throughout Finding Your Voice, you will find a mix of empathy, practicality and encouragement for a successful path to recovery after experiencing abuse.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?

I hope readers feel inspired, hopeful and acquire a desire to face their past abuse, knowing they have the tools and ability to heal. Every single one of us has the ability to change our lives for the better, find happiness, and heal from the pain of our past trauma.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?

If you have a message you are passionate about and want to share, go for it! The following is my best attempt at a “must-do” list for anyone wanting to get their story out to the world:

1.     Put your thoughts down (on paper or a computer, whichever feels more natural to you) without thinking too much or analyzing what you want to say. Don’t’ worry about spelling or grammar when you first start writing, as it will interrupt your flow. Leave that step for later.

2.     Purge and organize your thoughts.

3.     Make it engaging and relatable.

4.     Simplify it.

5.     Find and hire a great editor (preferably one that can relate to your subject). Everyone needs help, even the most season writers!

6.     Re-write and modify your work.

7.     Find a professional publisher.

8.     Then let them do their job!

If you find yourself running into writer’s block, go back to step one and refamiliarize yourself with your core message. Write stream-of-consciousness until you reconnect with what you are really wanting to say, and carry on!

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?

The book world is very different than when I was a young woman. We are moving from dominant brick and mortar stores to the reign of the Amazon kingdom. With that kingdom, e-books and audiobooks seem to have become more desirable than printed works. I’m all for evolving with the times, but I personally still love a traditional print book I can hold in my hand as I sit by a warm fire with a cup of tea.

That said, I feel like we are going to have more choices as the publishing world expands and grows. Nowadays, almost anyone can share their story or words of inspiration if they are willing to do the work and spend the money. I’m lucky I found a great publisher, Made for Success Publishing, to help me bring my book to life with the professionalism and support I was seeking.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?

Being a novice author as well as having dyslexia, I personally struggled to put my thoughts into structured, cohesive sentences. My dyslexia is challenging between my inability to spell and my less than extensive vocabulary! Siri and I became great friends through my almost seven years of writing Finding Your Voice. 

I also found it uncomfortable to be vulnerable enough to share my personal challenges and not so flattering behaviors so I could teach others through my own mistakes and misfortunes.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?

I believe that Finding Your Voice offers a slightly different approach than the average self-help book. I offer encouragement, compassion, inspiration, and relatable personal stories about what it feels like to have lived with abuse. I share what I learned and how I overcame the most challenging parts of my own healing process in hopes of helping others do the same. Finding Your Voice also provides guidance, tools, techniques, and exercises that are more in alignment with typical self-help book. You get the best of both worlds: encouragement and insight    


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