I was so inspired by Michelle Knights story, I just had to write a quick blurb. I watched her on Dr Phil yesterday (thank God for the DVR) and listened to her talk about how after she was freed she had no family and no home to go back to. What a strong person she must be to have lived such a sad story and still keep smiling. So often I write horror stories of someone abused or hurt. I write it to scare the hell out of folks true, but I also write it to invoke emotion.
I did a book signing for the anthology containing “Norton” and I will never forget how great if felt when one “fan”- (dare I use the word) told me that she was the little girl in my story and how good she felt reading the ending. When I write a story I want people to think, “I know him/her” or “That could have been me”. I imagine how I would feel if I were there or that my characters are real people I have met (usually a combination of them). But I have to admit, I don’t have the skills to write the kind of strength, potency, and hope Michelle Knight has shown the world since her years of torture. I would not have thought it existed.
I was so impressed, I bought a copy of her book, “Finding Me. A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed.” I am looking forward to reading and already hooked by the first line. “The day I disappeared in 2002, not many people seemed to notice.”