Tag Archives: sexual abuse

I am honored to have two of my books mentioned in Bibliotherapy For Teens on SLJ

I am honored to have two of my books–SCARS and STAINED–included under PTSD/Abuse & Assault in “Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction” by librarian Erin E Moulton on School Library Journal’s site. Erin wrote a moving and insightful … Continue reading

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SCARS audiobook now available for pre-order!

SCARS audiobook is now available for pre-order! It releases Sept 1st–a month before STAINED releases. The SCARS audiobook is read by Emily Bauer. It’s a different cover than the original book, but it’s still the same book on the inside. … Continue reading

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Get a free SCARS bonus short story when you sign up for my author newsletter.

Get a free SCARS bonus short story when you sign up for my author newsletter. This short story has never before been released, and is only available to my newsletter subscribers. My newsletter will let you know about my new … Continue reading

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SCARS in the front display of indie bookstore Blue Heron Books. See my books in the wild? Send me a photo and I’ll feature it.

I love it when my friends and readers send me photos of my books out in the wild. It feels so good to see! My friend and fellow YA author Erin Thomas (who is a fantastic writer and writing teacher … Continue reading

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Cheryl Rainfield on SCARS being challenged, and the need for “dark” books – for Banned Book Week

In the video below, I talk about Scars being challenged, why I wrote Scars, and the need for “dark” books – for Banned Book Week. I read banned and challenged books, and I hope you do, too! Here are some … Continue reading

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Another reason we need strong voices & YA books: Comedian Daniel Tosh suggests an audience member should be gang-raped

I can’t believe *anyone* actually thinks it’s okay to tell rape jokes–never mind that they mind be funny. To me, that’s a sign of great disconnectedness from compassion, from emotion, and from their own vulnerability. Yet that’s just what comedian … Continue reading

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Drawing on life in fiction: art I talked about in SCARS

You may know, if you follow my blog or have read interviews with me, that I drew on a lot of my own life experience to write SCARS. Like Kendra, I’m a sexual abuse survivor, I used self-harm to cope, … Continue reading

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My radio interview with Dr Beth is live!

My radio interview with Dr. Beth is up! I hope you’ll check it out. I talk about SCARS, self-harm and why I used it to cope, sexual abuse, and ritual abuse, and a tiny bit about HUNTED. If you pull … Continue reading

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My author interview for Scars on Fox 25 Morning News

My interview on Fox 25 Morning News in Boston today was such a lovely, positive experience! Kim Carrigan, the interviewer, was so friendly, professional, and kind with me, and asked wonderful questions. And Michele Lazcano, the producer, who greeted Julie … Continue reading

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Fight back against ignorance: Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak equated with porn

It shocks me to the core when anyone equates rape with pornography. But that’s exactly what associate professor Wesley Scroggins (who is also affiliated with Reclaiming Missouri for Christ) has done, comparing Laurie Halse Anderson’s beautifully and sensitively written YA … Continue reading

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