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Also available as: Audiobook. Memories Can Be Murder. Balloons Can Be Murder. Competition Can Be Murder. Honeymoons Can Be Murder. Gossip Can Be Murder. Phantoms Can Be Murder. Reunions Can Be Murder. Stardom Can Be Murder. Buried Secrets Can Be Murder. Obsessions Can Be Murder. Continue shopping. I was trying to understand what kind of people would behave in such a predatory way and why.

Are any of the experiences of the main character pulled from your own life? Yes, some of the experiences in the book have been pulled from my own life. Others are fictionalized. A book becomes its own creature after a while. I lived apart from my mother off and on from age I spent my early days feeling abandoned and longing to be united with her. I was also abused and manipulated in some of the ways Sheryl is in the book and had total amnesia about it for many years, as Sheryl does. What other personal experiences did you want to explore in this novel?

Of being half alive or sleepwalking through life, because of trauma and fear. Due to my own trauma, I felt that I was awakening from a deep drug-induced sleep or hypnosis. Then the truth of my childhood came to the surface. And it was horrific. It was a huge shock that led me to question everything. Suddenly I was aware of the unfairness in the world, the way certain powerful men got away with abusing their power, how secrets are held and enforced. My awakening was at a much later age, but I wanted my character, Sheryl-Anne, to have her awakening as a young woman, so that she could know and escape.

This novel was originally published in Why release a revised edition now? Mad Dog was originally launched on September 13, So, what I anticipated as being one of the greatest times of my life, became the worst. I also felt that it was too soon. People were still uncomfortable with the subject matter at that time.

I had people say to me that child pornography was just a rumour and grossly exaggerated. I got involved with an independent press in the U. I kept saying no, there were just too many painful memories around it. But as the MeToo movement began and I realized people were more open to this topic now than 20 years ago, I relented. How does this story resonate in the current MeToo era? Society is finally accepting that sexual harassment and assault takes place, and in unprecedented numbers, and the public is finally supporting women who come forward.

So, I think now people will finally understand that these same things happen to young girls and children, as in my novel. Mad Dog takes place in How different was that era for women and children who experienced sexual assault compared to today? I picked that year because it was the pivotal year before the 50s became the 60s. When we talk of the s, we are usually referring to that groovy time from onwards.

Before that the staid, post-war s were still the status quo. When it came to my own research into the justice system, I found out that crimes committed are tried by the law of the time, no matter when you come forward. Leighton, Maxine Rhea. Christmas is uncertain for Krysia, a Polish immigrant coming to Ellis Island. Elmer and the Dragon.

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