Paperback Writer is pleased to introduce Debbie Williamson, author of The Self-Help Book, The Stand as she joins us on her virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion.
About the Book:
One courageous woman shatters the chains of abuse that bound her family for generations and dares to brave the crippling memories of sexual abuse; shatter the illusions of denial; reveal her family s bitter legacy of violence; reach for healing and wholeness, and take her place on a path to forgiveness and peace. Replacing shame with hope, fear with truth, and shadows with light, Debbie Williamson shares her arduous journey to wellness. She did not choose this journey. At nine years old, she was a victim of sexual abuse. The hidden trauma of childhood rape often maps a life filled with destructive patterns and shame. Such was almost the case for Ms. Williamson. As a young woman struggling to repair her family, she finds the courage to take a STAND. Grasping for health because her life truly depends upon it, she uncovers and shatters her family s tragic tradition of violence. With focus and conviction, Debbie Williamson overcomes a lifetime of denial to heal herself and protect the next generation.
Please Welcome Debbie Williamson
Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
I had kept a journal about my life experiences that was intended for my children, I thought that if I could share my secrets and what I had been through I could stop abuse from spreading to the next generation the way it always had in my family. The idea to publish it came after four years of keeping this journal.
Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
You might call it a light bulb moment; I had a series of mini strokes and was ready to call it a day when I had a visit from my grandmother on the other side. She told me I wasn’t leaving this world yet, that I was going to write a book and share my story with the world. She told me that it would not only change my family it would change other families as well and I had to do it. She told me I needed to share my message on healing and how it can stop the cycle of abuse and not to question it but to just do it. It was more of smack up side the head moment but it worked.
How did you come up with the title?
The title was originally “If I Were A Used Car I Would Trade Me In” but when it came time to publish the finished manuscript the title was a little to whimsical for the subject matter. I was working with Amy Collins, The Cadence Group, and she started suggesting words that might mean something and “STAND” was my word in the life training program I went through so it stuck.
How did you find an agent and publisher?
I don’t have an agent I signed on with The Cadence Group; they were instrumental in placing Stand on Amazon and in Baker Taylor and book stores. Stand was self published.
Who reads your work in progress?
My husband and my daughter are my critics.
Who made a difference in the book’s quality?
Bethany Brown my wonderful editor.
How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
How long did it take from start to publication?
Almost four years.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes, never give up the book world is brutal but if you have the passion to write stay with your dreams. Something will happen if you do.
Thank you, Debbie for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.
Thank you it was my pleasure.
STAND VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on June 1, 2008 and continue all month. If you would like to follow Debbie’s tour in progress, visit http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in June. Leave a comment on her blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy of her book! One lucky winner will be announced on June 30!