How My Childhood Led Me To Stripping: Buzzfeed Video!

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I still remember the first time I ever publicly shared my story. I became so filled with doubt fear of being judged that I almost didn’t share! Today, I see that even if one person is impacted by me sharing vulnerably about the things I have overcome, it is worth it! Thankful to Buzzfeed for providing a platform for it …

Sneak Peak: Scars & Stilettos First Pages

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Hi Friends, Today I  was reminded of exactly why I wrote Scars and Stilettos.  A woman called me in tears after hearing from her granddaughter who had been on the streets. “Grandma, I read that book you sent me from cover to cover and I left.  I finally left. Now I just have one question,” she continued, “What do I …

My Tribute to Prince

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I have been in denial about Prince since I first heard earlier this afternoon. So much to process. His music was a part of two major defining moments in my life; the night I began working in the strip club and the night I left. Purple Rain was the song I auditioned to, and it was the song became the …

Scars and Stilettos: The first pages

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For those of you who haven’t read it, I am sharing the first few pages of my memoir, Scars and Stilettos. It took me 7 years, several writing classes and at least 3 complete re-writes to write this book!  Hearing the stories of women (and youth) who have been inspired to escape unhealthy relationships or walk away from the sex industry/the life …

Getting Published: How to Write a Book Proposal

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Getting Published: How To Write a Book Proposal One of the first steps in getting published is to create a strong proposal. A good proposal will convince the recipient of the need for your book’s existence.  It is important that you prove that this book needs to be written, that it’s marketable, and that YOU are the best person to write it. …

Getting Your Book Published

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Hey Friends, It’s been a while since I wrote something for the blog series on Writing a Book!  Today, a really good friend of mine was asking for input on how to go about getting a book published.  While I am no expert in this, I can share what I learned in the process of getting my memoir Scars and …

I never want to go through this again…

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I have seen some hard years in my lifetime, but 2009 and 2010 were among the most painful and challenging years I have lived. I took the photo above on a particularly hard day.  When I saw my face after a really good crying session, I decided it was photo worthy. I keep it as a reminder of this very difficult …

One call changed her life, and the life of another…

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Recently, we received a call from Sophia*, a young girl who had originally reached out to us in 2011 when she was on the verge of entering into prostitution. She was raised in a Christian home, but our paths crossed during a time when she was questioning her faith, and was unsure of her value. As with so many girls, …

How to Write a Memoir Part 4: Keeping the Reader Engaged

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How to Write a Book Part 4:  Keeping the Reader Engaged I have written thousands of pages of material intended to be a part of my memoir.  Most of it was pretty terrible. My friend Ashley Abercrombie would take a bullet for me.  That is the kind of friend she is.  That is also the reason that she is the …

How to Write a Memoir Part 3: Structure and Timeline

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How to Write a Book Part 3: Structure and Timeline You wouldn’t drive to Timbuktu without a map or some sort of directions. (If you would, remind me not to get in the car with you:))   The same is true of writing a book.  It is always helpful to start with some sort of structure or general sense of …