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Now living in Central Texas, I learned to adapt to diverse world cultures and mindsets from my decades as an army officer’s wife, which has helped me understand and appreciate differences and similarities in each individual. As an author, my writing reflects this appreciation in my characters.
The Army trained me as an Army Family Team Building Trainer (AFTB) to give oral presentations and teach any subject matter. I have organized meetings, conferences, and functions at the division level.
I also set up an FRG battalion (family messaging system) when the Army began using that system. It was very much like starting up a business and getting it to run smoothly. My team and I advertised, recruited member officers, trained spouses, and basically created an organization that could be handed off to someone else and run efficiently by army standards.
I have a blog, Getting To Know Us, about bridging the gap in understanding between people with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or depression and those who care about them, whether personally or just out of compassion. I was diagnosed with PTSD and clinical depression for decades before I was accurately diagnosed with DID or multiple personalities. (The average time in therapy for a correct diagnosis is seven years.) The correct diagnosis unearthed a treasure trove of answers to confusing, seemingly unsolvable puzzles.
I also have a nursing degree, though I’ve allowed my license to lapse while I pursue other career avenues.
Now I spend my days writing scripts, novels, and my blog. Thanks to my alternate personalities, I understand the motivation behind a plethora of personalities and can relate first hand. Instead of complicating my life, my alters now can enrich it. Since writers can work anywhere, I have pen and paper in my go bag to write tales of heroism and adventure while fighting the apocalypse.
As a screenwriter and producer, I especially enjoy watching movies and series as well as reading, but travel is my favorite pastime. I especially love to go to places where tourists aren’t usually found. Enjoying a meal in a small restaurant patronized only by locals is one of my all-time favorite things.
What I most want my audience to know: How to see the world through the eyes of someone who has lived through a traumatic situation, whether because they are learning they have an expiration date sooner than expected or they have suffered at the hands of others. I'd like to help Normalize trauma as a part of living instead of giving it the stigma it has now.
- The difference between scripts and novels
- Why not all good books make good movies
- The effects of trauma
- Dissociative identity disorder (DID)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Insomnia, night terrors as a result of trauma
- Military life
1. When people think PTSD, they usually think of combat soldiers. But people who have never been to war can have PTSD, too. What is the difference between combat and non-combat PTSD?
2. Why does trauma affect different people differently? What causes DID and PTSD?
3. What is it like to switch alters (alternate personalities)? To meet your alters?
4. How does someone create alters?
5. What exactly is dissociation?
6. Why do people stop going to therapy?
7. You read a lot of scripts for a producer. Why shouldn’t novelists write their own books into scripts?
8. Why is a film different from the book they are adapted from?
9. What does a book need to be easily adapted to a film?
10. You’ve written a book with a character who has DID. Is that character based on you?
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