It has taken me 32 years to get to this point in my life to be comfortable enough to share my story, it was very nerve-wracking to write because even though I love writing I have never written anything for the public before. I am a stay at home mom who is wheelchair bound because I was born with cerebral palsy. I am originally from Canada, but now I reside with my husband and children in a small town in Kentucky. - Gracie
Hi Gracie, tell the readers about your novel. Who or what was your inspiration behind it.
Here is the synopsis for My Soul to Keep: Most little girls dream of tea parties and playing with dolls. Their biggest worry is making sure Mommy or Daddy chase the monsters out of their closets and out from under their bed. However, what happens when your own Mother is the monster, instead of the arms of love and safety? “My Soul to Keep” is the story of Gracie, a disabled little girl who, from day one, knew she was an unwanted child, just trying to survive and avoid her mother’s daily abuse. All the while, she struggled to hide her pain from the outside world.
I wrote this memoir not to portray myself as a victim or to have people feel bad for the life I’ve had, but because I hoped it would help others in similar situations feel they are not alone and that they too can rise above all the negativity and abuse happening to them.
I have been told for as long as I could remember that my life could be a book, however I have been actively working on it for about eight months now.
The hardest part was having to relive all the dark moments in my life while I was putting them down on paper.
How did you choose the names of your characters?
Even though “My Soul to Keep” is the true story of my life I did have to change some names in order to protect some people, so I tried to stay close to the persons real name or pick a name that fit their personality. For Example I explain in my Dear Reader that Gracie is not my reall first name but in fact my Middle name. I chose to use a pen name to shield my children from the horrors of my childhood.
How did you come up with the title?
I decided to use a portion of a prayer my Grandmother taught me to say each night to get me through the tough times, I did this as my way of saying thank you and I love you.
Grandmothers are special and it’s those kinds of memories, which help us stay focused. I'm sure many readers are interested in learning more about you. Do you have a homepage where they can do so?
Yes I have a website at http://gracieleasilverwood.wix.com/my-soul-to-keep and I have my Facebook and Twitter accounts that can be found by searching for Gracie Lea Silverwood.
I know everyone enjoyed learning a bit about My Soul to Keep.
Below is the Amazon purchase link.