About This Story:
My Christian faith is an essential part of who I am and how I view the world. After reading a biography of a former Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS) member who narrowly escaped and found fulfillment and new life through Jesus Christ on the outside, I wondered what would a life of freedom look like after coming from such a background of abuse and oppression. Through my research, I connected with a woman who was a member of a cult very similar to FLDS. She left the cult just shy of her wedding day as a sister wife. Twenty some years later she is helping women in abusive cult situations to find freedom and normalcy in the outside world. Her words shaped the emotions of my main character, Rachel.
Julia M. Reffner writes “Women’s fiction to mirror Truth.” She lives in Fairport, NY with her husband and two children. Julia is a homeschool mom and a lover of words, tea, and antiques. A picture of Longfellow glares at her from above her writing desk, taunting her with the dreaded writer’s block. She is currently working on her second women’s fiction novel. Also Julia is an avid book reviewer for The Title Trakk (http://www.titletrakk.com/) and Christian Library Journal (http://www.christianlibraryj.org). You can find her blogging about the writing craft every other Tuesday at The Writer’s Alley (http://www.thewritersalleys.blogspot.com/).