Shattered Reality – Author Interview – Kimberly Cheryl

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shattered-reality-coverJoin Kimberly Cheryl, author of the self-help sexual abuse book, Shattered Reality (CreateSpace, August ’08), on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

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About the Book:
A wonderful read for all parents, teachers, counselors…we need to open our eyes to child sexual assault and help put a stop to this silent epidemic. The sexual abuse of a child creates a devastating family crisis. Parents want to know what to do and say to help their child but they also want to know how to respond to and heal their own emotional turmoil. As a parent, you need to know it’s okay and natural to act with disbelief and denial. This is my story, a mother’s story, about the abuse of my daughter and my struggles to overcome. I thought I could trust my family members. I thought I knew and could trust the legal system. I was wrong. As a parent, I couldn’t find help for ME…what to expect on this journey with my daughter and her recovery. I didn’t know how much pain I would suffer as well. This is my story and my struggle toward recovery. Somehow, some way, I hope it gives you hope for your journey as well.

Hi Kimberly Cheryl!

Welcome to Paperback Writer.

PBW: Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?

KC: Shattered Reality is the story of my families journey through the turmoil of child sexual assault. As a parent, and secondary survivor, I had a difficult time finding any books or resources to help me deal with the multiple, emotional feelings that affected my life after my daughter disclosed suffering years of sexual abuse at the hands of my uncle.

PBW: Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?

KC: It was a “light bulb” moment due to the situation affecting our lives.

PBW: How did you come up with the title?

KC: Shattered Reality describes the my inner feelings and turmoil.

PBW: How did you find an agent and publisher?

KC: Self-published

PBW: Who reads you work in progress?

KC: I have a host of patient and loving folks who have edited my books for me. They include my sister-in-law, my father, my husband and several wonderful friends. They have all encouraged and inspired me to keep writing.

PBW: Who made a difference in the book’s quality?

KC: I have had many amazing authors give me their feedback, suggestions and guidance in writing; how to enhance; how to expand and improve. Those people who have given me “opinions” have included such magnificent individuals as: Mrs. Judy Blume (aka: Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret – my favorite); Irene Watson (The Sitting Swing); J.F. Englert (A Dog About Town); and Margaret Jones, PhD (Not My Making). A sincere thank you to them all for their input and help with my writing skills, tone and content.

PBW: How long did it take you to complete the first draft?

KC: It took me about 8 months to finish the first draft and I have just rereleased a final, new version which is more indepth and includes more resources for the readers.

PBW: How long did it take from start to publication?

KC: It took me about a year to “get it right” – or so I hope. It was very grueling telling our story and was extremely time consuming putting together all of my notes which I kept on receipts in the car, “chicken scratch” on scrap paper by the bed done at 3 am when I awoke with an idea I wanted to save, and small pieces of events on the back side of the children’s old, graded homework papers they left laying around the house. Whenever an idea or thought hit me, I wrote it down. Eventually, I had to collect all of my thoughts and follow the time line of our journey’s events to make them into a book. I know it was all worth the effort.

PBW: Do you have any advice for new authors?

KC: If you have a story and want to write, don’t wait, take the opportunity to put your ideas and words onto paper and self publish or produce an e-book to start and go from there. You may find you have more skills than you thought possible. Just don’t get upset at the critics – there is one in every crowd and not everyone is going to love your writing, even the top Best Sellers have critics. Believe in yourself and go for it

Thank you, Kimberly Cheryl for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.

For more information please visit http://www.kimberlycheryl.com/

SHATTERED REALITY VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 officially begin on March 2 and ends on March 31. You can visit Kimberly’s blog stops at http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in March to find out more about this great book and talented author

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3 thoughts on “Shattered Reality – Author Interview – Kimberly Cheryl”

  1. I commend Kimberly on writing “Shattered Reality.” It took a brave woman with much determination to write about the trauma that was generated by a unsuspecting, lovable family member. Sexual abuse is intolerable and the perpetrators must be exposed.

    Kimberly’s book is a must read by anyone experiencing sexual abuse in their own family. It will give hope for healing.

  2. Encouraging to read! Blessings to you Kimberly and thank you for sharing your story. We walk this journey with you as parents, and we are grateful for you!

    David, Lee and Marybeth Elliott
    Authors, David’s Sword

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