Where’s a Hero When You Need One?
I find it interesting which of my characters, in the novel FBoM, various readers identify with. Many identify with Michael and want the anti-hero to succeed. They cheer for him even if the acts he commits are gruesome and vengeful. Some are firmly behind Susan and her ability to coldly analyze a situation and make a hard call when necessary, but to give compassion when possible. There are those that are in the Tori camp. She takes care of things she can control and does them with a dogged determination to succeed, yet she’s able to accept failure with shrug only to pick herself up and try again. Paul has his fans as well, with his ability to follow his instincts and protect those that need protection with whatever shield he has available.
Each one of the “main” characters has a role in the world, a method of getting the job done. In their own way, each is a hero; or at least an anti-hero. There is a group that is unsung, however, in the novels; The real heroes. You’ll be introduced to them more fully in FBoM: The Betterment when it is released later this year. The real heroes of the FBoM series, and in real life, are the women that pick themselves up off the ground and rebuild their lives. The ones that are able to stand up, and tell their stories. Not in an attempt to garner sympathy, but to help other women learn they aren’t alone. To spread the compassion and understanding; the acceptance of anger and betrayal, and care enough to tell others they aren’t victims, they are survivors.
Sadly, far too many of my female readers identify with the survivors, and those that don’t survive. The experiences that are written in the series are far too common, yet far too personal and frequently too filled with undeserved shame, to discuss. It causes isolation, a belief that others don’t understand, yet if you look at the statistics, it’s likely that one of your friends, co-workers, or even your children have experienced something similar.
So I’m going to make this challenge to my readers. If you have experienced any form of abuse, be it domestic, sexual assault, gaslighting, verbal or emotion, become a real hero. By talking about it, sharing and bringing it out into the open, you may be helping someone that you truly care for. You may help a total stranger…. Or you may just make a fellow human on this spinning rock not feel alone anymore.
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