|Posted by gentlerecovery on June 26, 2010 at 8:02 AM||comments (1)|
"for the dead and the living, we must bear witness." Elie Wiesel
Last Saturday...I found out my book won The Word Guild National Literary Award for Life Stories and received an honorable mention for The Grace Irwin Award, their highest award.
The road to writing and publishing my story was so hard.....I vvacillated back and forth.....so many times doubting if I could ever tell the truth of what happened. Sometimes I doubted if it even took place at all.....other times I wondered what people would think of me.. But deep in my heart....I knew...I had to write...I had to tell the truth of what happened.
Winning the award feels like validation. Winning....it's not just about my book or my words or my story....it's for everyone who holds onto the shame.....the secrets....protecting those who violated and hurt us.....and coming to the place of knowing that we have the right to tell....the right to be heard.....the right to walk free.