Morning lovelies and happy August!! I can’t believe we’re in the 8th month of the year already……what a bizarre year 2020 has been so far!!  Anyway, first up today I’ve got a Meet the Author interview for you!  I’m chatting with the lovely and inspirational Madeleine Black about chocolate, Llama’s, Suffragettes, her inspiriting story and memoir, Unbroken and more….

Genre(s):

Memoir

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m a 54, Londoner living in Glasgow.  Married to Steven and have three girls.  About a year ago I stopped working as a psychotherapist to focus on being a speaker as I was being asked to speak more and more.

What inspired you to start writing and where do you get your ideas?

My own life!  I decided to write my story down to end the shame, stigma and silence surrounding sexual violence and to help other people find their courage and voice too

How many books have you written and published?

Just one!  Unbroken was published April 2017

How long does it take you to write a book?

It was very quick for me, about 8 weeks.  Once I made the decision to write it, the words just flowed

What other jobs have you done other than being an author?

Make-up artist, therapist

If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why? (Backwards or forwards!)

Would love to go back and fight with the Suffragettes!

Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Karate, gym, yoga, walking, cooking, being with friends (when we can!)

Name one book you think everyone should read and tell us why?

The diary  of Anne Frank for two reasons, firstly so that people are educated about the Holocaust but secondly to witness the incredible spirit of Anne Frank who still believed in the good of people

What is the best thing you’ve done in your life so far?

Found my voice and spoken out about being raped!

You win a million pounds – you give half to charity.  Which charity do you pick and why? What would you do with the rest of the money?

I’m a patron for a charity called Say Women in Glasgow who help young women that are homeless due to sexual abuse, I would naturally give it to them and I would give the rest to my children to buy a property each and be mortgage free

What is something you can’t live without?

Dark Chocolate

What is your favourite genre to read and why?

I love psychological thrillers and I never see the twists coming!!

What is the funniest typo you have ever written?

There is one in my book!  I was referring to a holy man called a Lama but it’s written as Llama as in the animal

What would you say to someone who has also been raped?

I would tell them that it’s never too late to find your voice and get support.

And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?

Violently gang-raped when she was thirteen years old, and raped three more times before the age of eighteen, Madeleine has experienced more trauma in her life than most ever will.

Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage it wrought, as men continued to take advantage of her fragility in the worst possible way.

Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, she found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all: leading a fulfilling and happy life. But the road to piecing her life back together was long and painful. For Madeleine, forgiveness was the key. True forgiveness takes genuine effort. It takes a real desire to understand those who have done us so much harm. It is the ultimate act of courage.

In Unbroken, Madeleine tells her deeply moving and empowering story, as she discovers that life is about how a person chooses to recover from adversity. We are not defined by what knocks us down – we are defined by how we get back up.

Purchase Links: Unbroken: One Woman’s Journey to Rebuild a Life Shattered by Violence. A True Story of Survival and Hope

Where to find Madeleine online: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ You Tube ~ TEDx Talk

final words from chelle…

Thank you so much for coming over to talk to us Madeleine.  You are certainly an inspiration and I’m sure your story will help so many other women who have been through similar experiences so thank you for telling your story.

If you have any questions or comments for Madeleine then make sure you get in touch using the links above, or drop a comment below.

I’ll be back a bit later today with my first review for August!  Until then, have a lovely (hot!) day!

Chelle x

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