(PRWEB) November 8, 2003
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Contact: Ann Brown
Author Writes About Experience As A Wolf:
Released From Victimization That Lasted Thirty-Seven Years
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 2003 -- Amanda Grihm, author of The Wolf, suffered from a victimization that lasted thirty-seven years - a rape on her thirteenth birthday by three men. The residual effects permeated every aspect of her life.
Recent interviews and book discussions with Grihm reveal that she actually believes she traveled back through time and transformed into a wolf. According to Grihm the first transformation took place in a dream but subsequent transformations were real. The transformations coupled with a recurring dream about wolves on September 23rd from age thirteen to twenty fueled Grihm's desire to write The Wolf.
Upon learning of her dreams and transformations, Grihm's husband, J. Emil, searched for a way to assure her that her experience was real, if not normal. After several months of searching, he found a picture of an American Indian whose face was inlayed in the face of a wolf, which depicted Grihm's dream and experiences. Best friend, Janice Aaron-Whitley, helped Grihm recall, more precisely, some of the people, locations and events that took place during Grihm's wolf experience. It was at the insistence and encouragement of J. Emil and Ms. Aaron-Whitley that Grihm set down to write The Wolf.
While writing The Wolf, Grihm not only remembered precise details but she found herself traveling back through time, observing and re-experiencing specific events.
"I was able to clear up several questions I had about the experience ... things I thought I'd never understand and things I didn't think humanly possible. I know that the experience was real and necessary for me to move out of a place of fear and intimidation. For the first time in thirty-seven years, I feel like I can actually relax around other people. I no longer fear them or the possibilities that lay ahead. Because of the rape I was always afraid to create enemies. I needed everyone to like me ... so that they wouldn't want to hurt me.
I had to find a way to be valuable to everyone I met. So, I became the ultimate problem-solver who would and could help any and everyone - at any time - under any circumstance. On the job, I had to be someone that everyone could count on without appearing to take credit for getting things done. If necessary, I had to help someone else get the recognition as being the best so that no possibility of conflict could arise out of perceived competition.
My family, friends and acquaintances have always spoken very highly of what they perceived as accomplishments in my life. For me, what they saw as accomplishments were requirements fulfilled. I did all of the things I felt I had to do to keep everybody happy. Writing The Wolf has freed me to finally pursue personal happiness - something I have not felt entitled to since I was twelve years old."
Grihm believes so strongly in the idea of writing to release victimization that she started a new program, Reaching Through Readings and Writing, to help troubled youth assess their lives and options and write their stories. She has successfully conducted workshops in Georgia detention centers with amazing results. The Wolf is available for sale at http://www.booksurge.com. The first few chapters can be read at http://www.yourpersonalstory.com.