It’s yet again another segment of The Writer’s Voice and today we’re getting up close and personal with the memoir writer telling all, past experiences, trauma, secrets about love and it’s all exclusive right here on The E-book Review. Starting off, we’re welcoming guest author
Charlotte Thomason. It’s wonderful to have you, here, how do you feel?
Honestly, I’m a bit nervous, but excited to share my story.
Let’s dive right in then. Tell us more about this Work In Progress you’ve told me about. It’s a memoir about love, finding a spiritual path, it delves into PTSD and even sexual addiction, can you go into more detail?
The book is a true account of aspects of my life. The central theme is showing the reader how the abuse I experienced as a child distorted my view of love, family and my relationship with God and Christ. Because my focus is more on the impact, I don’t provide any graphic details of the sexual abuse. Instead, I give enough detail that the reader knows what happened but not so much that a survivor would experience triggers. The story is told from first person point of view. The reader experiences my world through my eyes at each age-from age four-to teenager-to college(when I had forgotten the abuse, and couldn’t understand why I was acting out sexually)-to my first marriage(when I remembered and i struggled with mental illnesses)-to middle age(when my view of God became more healthy)to meeting my second husband, John, (who showed me unconditional love and I learned how to manage the old tapes in my head)to John’s death and my grief process-to retirement (finding contentment). At each age, my experiences are expressed from the perspective I had at the time. For example: At age eight, I heard the scripture, “Jesus is the vine.” I was desperate to find Jesus because I’d just been baptized, but at age, I didn’t understand the concept of him being in my heart. We had a grape arbor in our back yard. So, after I heard the scripture, I thought Jesus was literally in the vine. I wasn’t thinking abstractly at that age. I include 7 reflections (one every four chapters) they are sonnets or letters to my younger self from my current age. They are incorporated to offer a bit of fresh air for the reader.
Your story is set in where and why did you choose that as the setting for your book?
The story begins in Utah, then New Mexico, Iowa and finally Texas(Lubbock, Austin and Houston) because these are the primary locations of the events. If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?
If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?
That’s an interesting question. I’m not much of fan girl when it comes to knowing actors names. Since the book spans most of my life, there would be lots of roles to fill. I don’t really have an answer.
Can you give us some insight into what makes Your main Character Charlotte tick?
Charlotte (I) is smart and curious. She wants to understand why things happen. Her faith is a vital part of her life. It drives her to find meaning and gives her hope. She is defiant, yet as time passes her defiance morphs into anger and anxiety. She becomes somewhat of a social chameleon, taking on her friends’ hobbies, activities and beliefs as her own. She does this out of fear of losing the friendship. She has no social skills and weak boundaries. The need for love and acceptance drives her, but she has no clue what love really is.
What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?
The major challenge is self care because writing my story is emotionally, physically and spiritually exhausting. Second is staying in story mode. As a retired social worker, I’m much more comfortable writing in case study mode.
What was the highlight of writing this book?
The highlight for me is telling my story to my granddaughter, Angel, (age19). She wants to hear what happened to me and telling her gets me in storytelling mode. She’s provided great feedback and asked questions that help me clarify certain areas. She comes over a few days before I begin a new section. It’s been a great way to reconnect with her.
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Holly Ordway— “Not God’s Type”; C. S. Lewis—“A Grief Observed,” “Till We Have Faces,” “The Four Loves.”
Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
While not primarily a memoirist, I most admire C. S. Lewis. I used his memoir “ Surprised by Joy” and “Grief Observed” as models.
To conclude this segment Charlotte Thomason, we want to know if it was difficult, pouring it all out there-because I respect memoir writers for their ability and confidence to tell it all- was it difficult to do this?
Yes, at first, but it became easier as I answered each question.
It seems we’ve exhausted our questions for Charlotte and we would like to say a huge thank you, for being here and we hope to see you again for the book release and cover reveal and other exclusive coverage posts!
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