Author Brian Sweany, From Publishing House That Brought The World Fifty Shades Of Grey, Reaches Thousands Of Survivors With His Story Of Recovery

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When Brian Sweany wrote an article for Everyday Health about the inspiration for his novel, Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer (The Writer's Coffee Shop), he had no idea he was about to open the door to a candid conversation with thousands of abuse survivors.


Brian Sweany, author of Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer

Our readers love Brian Sweany. The article he wrote for us got a half a million visits over the weekend and so many comments from readers who were touched by his story.

Waking up Saturday morning after the article was picked up by AOL, Brian Sweany never expected his email inbox to be overflowing, but what really took him by surprise was that the emails were from people he had never even met. “I literally woke up to emails from all over the world,” explained Sweany.

With a mix of gratitude and admiration, the emails detailed readers’ thoughts about Sweany’s article in Everyday Health, the leading consumer health site on the web, which discusses how he recovered from depression after being abused by a longtime family friend. His message has reached readers on many levels. Some are coming to terms with years of abuse themselves, and many are saddened by the years Brian spent in self-destructive behavior. For most, the inspiration of his successful recovery has touched their hearts.

Laurie Sue Brockway, Emotional Health Editor for Everyday Health, emailed to let us know, “Our readers love Brian Sweany. The article he wrote for us got a half a million visits over the weekend and so many comments from readers who were touched by his story.”

On his Facebook page, Brian posts about his reaction to the article’s reach. “Wow. A day I'm not going to forget anytime soon. Email after email from people who've never talked about their abuse until they read my article. If I never sell another copy of anything I write, I've already accomplished everything I've ever aspired to as a writer.”

When art reflects life in ways that move people to change for the positive, it’s always a great thing. Brian Sweany’s debut novel, Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer, tells the semi-autobiographical Coming of Age story of Hank, a self-destructive teen who learns to find his place in the world. It’s the author’s hope that through Hank, he can continue to help people move forward in seeking the help that they need.

About the author:

Since 2000, Brian Sweany has been the Director of Acquisitions for Recorded Books, one of the world's largest audiobook publishers. Prior to that he edited cookbooks and computer manuals, and claims to have saved a major pharmaceutical company from being crippled by the Y2K bug. Brain graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Michigan University in 1995 with a BS in English.

Brian has spent most of his life in the Midwest and now lives near Indianapolis with his wife, three children, and a neurotic Husky/Border mix named Hank. He’s currently working on his next project, Making Out with Blowfish, which is the sequel to Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer and the second book in a planned trilogy.

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