Title: One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second Author: Rebecca Marie Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 113 Genre: Self Help/Personal Growth Format: Ebook Purchase at AMAZON Abuse knows no boundaries. It doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, old or young. It can enter your life at any time and stay as long as you let it. In One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second, author Rebecca Marie discusses that the key is to release the secrets, talk about the abuse, and take the power away from the abusers. In this memoir, she shares her personal journey surviving sexual and physical abuse, describing how abusive patterns started at a young age, how negative self-esteem continued to grow, and how it ended in her falling in love with a psychopath. One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second narrates how Marie was victimized and lived in daily fear and despair, but discusses how she chose not to remain a victim and took power over her own life. Hoping to break the cycle of domestic abuse one victim at a time, Marie tells her emotional story to call attention to the problem of domestic violence. Her story shows there is hope for others. Question 1. Could you please tell us a little about your book? I share my personal story of sexual and physical violence and the patterns that started right from childhood to bring me to the point of falling in love with a psychopath. My intention is to awaken every emotion possible so that no matter who you are, you will be motivated to do your part to stop domestic violence and abuse, one person at a time. In the beginning my feelings and thoughts internally debate. Life with him will be better next month; this turns into justifying that it will be better next week; and with constant disappointment, the hope is tomorrow will be different. Tomorrow never arrives. Now I am held captive by each passing hour, minute, and finally, in a constant state of survival mode, by the second. In living this reality for 10 years, I constantly hear my version of what he should have said for our wedding vows: “Do you take this woman…? ...To have and to hit, to yell and scream at, to degrade and humiliate, to destroy sexually, financially and emotionally, until death or total loss of hope?—whichever comes first!” My book, One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second, is my story of surviving domestic violence, and knowing you can’t do it alone. It is about breaking the silence and taking the power away from the abusers. I give a completely honest look into my experience with the hope to help others. Question 2. Who or what is the inspiration behind your book? Life and hope are the inspirations. The “who” is society? Question 3. What cause are you most passionate about and why? Human rights; everyone deserves, happiness, love, compassion and most of all respect. We all need to be advocates. Question 4. Do you have any rituals you follow when you finish a piece of work? No Question 5. Who as influenced you throughout your writing career? My life and the people I have encountered along the way have been, and continue to be, my biggest influence. The man I love today has encouraged and influenced me to share my memoir. Other influences are the media, counsellors that work tirelessly to help others and most of all the woman I have encountered that felt lost and stuck in their abusive and destructive relationships. Question 6.What are some of your long term goals? For my voice and my book to be added to the list of resources. To speak out as much as possible to as many organizations as a way to educate their staff, volunteers, victims, as well as fundraising events and corporate sponsors. The issue of domestic violence is ongoing. We all need to be advocates to stop the cycle. I want to start a scholarship fund that can be presented to woman that have managed to escape the grips of domestic violence and want to further their education. This gift can give the hope of independence and a bright financial future. To sell 1 million books to help 1 million people worldwide, who in turn will each help 1 million more suffering from child abuse, rape, or domestic violence. Pay it forward. My goal for my next book is to share 5 other woman’s stories that have survived and escaped domestic violence. I will be beginning my courses to become a Certified Life Coach Rebecca Marie enjoys being a mentor and her goal in sharing her story is to help others see there is hope.