A scarlet dragonfly tattoo—meant to be a beautiful, family mark of freedom, but instead becomes a prophetic brand for those who wear it, to forever be suffering. Wounded and broken, they find themselves flittering back into the cycle of abuse that relentlessly clings to their family, a reality they can never seem to escape.
One mother and her daughters, bound by blood—torn apart by abuse. They begin their lives intertwined but are forced to fight for their survivals separately, struggling to hide their fear and undeserved shame from each other and the world. One of these women finds herself trapped—alone—and she battles to survive the terrifying darkness. With long hours of nothing to do but wait in fear, she grapples through her obscure dreams and memories of the past, sorting which memory belongs to whom: physically harmed, mentally damaged, raped, sexually abused, an unwanted pregnancy… and even the vivid memory of a dangerous dance with death in a last attempt to escape the shambles and horrors of a seemingly unchangeable situation.
Twin sisters, Gabriella and Olivia, dive blindly—and much too early—into adulthood. They are soon followed by their younger sister, Emma, all running from a not-so-idyllic past; chasing the happiness they believe they will find, by abandoning their childhoods to be “grown-up” and start their own lives.
Deeply evocative, Let Me Go is a coming-of-age story: the struggles of one mother and her daughters trying to survive life—marred by abuse and misplaced blame—and their need to reach peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
What’s your story? How did you get into writing?
I ended up being at home, bored, after I had left a career in human resources to take care of my dying mother-
in-law. I took care of her fulltime for eighteen months, but after that, I was at a loss for what to do. I started editing, and while doing that from home, I realized there was a story in me bubbling to get out.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Keep writing, even if it doesn’t look like much of a story. Just get the first draft out! Then you can edit, edit, edit.
What are you working on now?
The next book in the Let Me Go Series. All the Let Me Go novels are stand-alone with no cliffhangers, but they do follow the same characters as their lives continue.
What has been the most challenging part of publishing or marketing your book?
Marketing in general. If you don’t constantly market, you take a downward dive in ranking. It’s amazing how fast it can fall. I didn’t focus on marketing for Let Me Go much. I was told by those that went before me that it’s a useless exercise of futility to try to keep it up in the rankings without any follow-up books. I’ll be marketing the second and third book much harder, though.
What has been your favorite part?
Just writing… it’s an amazing feeling to see the story in your head and feel it come out through your fingers.
Who are your favorite authors?
Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a debut author who wrote an incredible first book that really impressed me. I love Diana Galbadon and Stephen King, Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts… I have many favorite authors.
What gave you the idea for your current work?
I really don’t know, it seemed it was all there in my head, ready to roll out. They—whomever the heck they is—say all fiction is loosely based on someone’s life. I guess my book is based on several nameless strangers whom I must have come in contact with.
If you could be any character in the book, which one would you be?
Gabby, because she has Jake.
What other books have you written and/or are working on for the future?
I’m continuing the Let Me Go series, which are all stand-alone novels with no cliff-hangers, but chronologically based on the same characters. I will also be crossing genre’s into post-apocalyptic, end-of-the-world type books soon, written for women by a woman (Me).
What’s your favorite quote?
I know its cliché, but it really does apply bazillions of times in all types of conversations and situations:
“It is what it is.”
What’s your favorite supernatural creature?
If I could choose my favorite supernatural creature to be real, I’d choose the fairy—oh wait… fairies are real. Okay, well, my favorite to read about is werewolves.
Grand prize giveaway
–a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed paperback