I’ve said before that it’s a privilege to be a blogger and share some very personal writing from authors. Lovely Jennifer Gilmour is staying in with me today to tell me more about another of her books and it’s a welcome return to have her on Linda’s Book Bag. Previously, when Isolation Junction was published, Jennifer provided a guest post about writing motivation that you can read here, and another about tackling domestic abuse through fiction which can be found here.
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Staying in with Jennifer Gilmour
Welcome back to Linda’s Book Bag, Jennifer. It’s lovely to have you here. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I’ve brought my second book, Clipped Wings, and I have brought it because it is a book that gives a voice to those who have suffered and I think their voices should be heard.
(I quite agree Jennifer.)
What can we expect from an evening in with Clipped Wings?
Clipped Wings is my second publication and non-fiction which is unlike from my first publication.
Clipped Wings is about identity and how those who are oppressed do have courage to survive and thrive so you will have an emotional and uplifting evening.
I feel very proud of this publication and to those who were involved, I felt as if I was helping fixing those wings to be able to soar and their voices to be heard. Others seem to be understanding what I am trying to achieve with my writing and are supporting my journey in writing with a message.
Author Isabella May says:
To pen ‘Isolation Junction’, her first novel, was one thing. But to then go on to compile an anthology, working with domestic violence survivors both female and male, from all walks of life and backgrounds; that was quite another. An emotional roller coaster in every sense of the word.
Jessica Johnson says:
Whilst it is heartbreaking to read some of the accounts and what the people went through in their relationships, it is ultimately an uplifting book. The stories are as much about courage and recovery as they are about violence and abuse.
I would say this book is a must read for anyone who wants to hear first hand how people can survive such terrible abuse and come through the other side.
(What brilliant responses Jennifer. You must be so proud of what you’ve achieved.)
What else have you brought along and why?
I have brought along all the survivors that have written or been interviewed for Clipped Wings as working on this project was very personal and I am in many conversations with them; I feel it has brought a close connection which I am delighted about.
(It’s my pleasure to host them all.)
I have brought along all those who backed my Kickstarter campaign to be able to give a paperback to those who gave their story. They are friends, family, followers and supporters who have seen me flourish since coming out of my own abusive relationship.
I bring along some chocolate for everyone as comfort food because its emotional, thought provoking, concerning as well as inspiring and motivating.
I always love chocolate! Thanks so much for staying in with me Jennifer and telling me about Clipped Wings. it sounds a hugely inspirational and moving book.
The silent chorus.
Just imagine you thought that you had met the man or woman of your dreams. This person was charming and you thought they were the one or perhaps that this was fate; it was just meant to be.
But as the months go by things start to change. Their behaviour towards you isn’t the same, they are more critical, more particular about your appearance, what you do, how you do it, who you see. Time goes by and you feel isolated from your friends and family because that behaviour has now changed to threats, maybe violence and you feel that your identity is all but gone. But still you stay. Where would you go? Who would help you? You are not worthy.
But you are.
A group of survivors have spoken about their own experiences. In their own words they show that survivors do have a voice and that it needs to be heard. They show that abuse isn’t unique or strange but that it is, unfortunately, a surprisingly common problem in today’s society.
The message of this book is one of courage, as with courage comes awareness and an ability to understand what has happened to you and take the steps needed to become a survivor yourself.
Clipped Wings is available for purchase here.
About Jennifer Gilmour
Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base.
Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business.
From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years.
A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write her first novel Isolation Junction. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again. Since the publication of her debut novel, Jennifer has continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through her blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed. Jennifer also gained a qualification in facilitating a recover programme for those who have been in abusive relationships. Jennifer continues to publicly support those who are isolated and struggle to have a voice. Jennifer hopes that Clipped Wings give’s a voice to survivor’s experiences and raise’s awareness further of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse.