I wrote a moving account of how Laura found herself pregnant and how angry and disappointed her parents were upon discovering her secret. What’s more, I explored the period of seven days prior to the conception, and why she was dangerously curious and decided to go into her best friend Jake’s bedroom. Of course, Laura did not have the intention of doing anything untoward, but she was curious about her body and how everything worked. The book was written from a 13 year old’s perspective. I was shocked that I had the knowledge to delve into such intimate matters and had the competency to do so at such a tender age. I did not acquire this knowledge from anyone or from books or TV. Only God could have given this knowledge to me.
Later on, in my late teens, early 20s, writing about teenage sexuality, teenage angst and violence, was something I grew very passionate about. Penning Unshatter Me is the end product of a process I began as a child. I have clearly been moved by important societal issues from a young age and felt the need to tackle difficult and taboo subjects since childhood.
Even earlier than this, I recall having the strong desire to write about the topic of divorce. At the age of five, I wanted to write a book about how children can get over their parents’ divorce. I was very sad back then, because my parents had just divorced and there was a lot of turbulence and bad things happening in my family life that made me disenchanted and in need of an outlet to ease my pain. I wanted to approach publishers with my idea. I knew exactly what a publisher was and that they published people’s books. But I was scared and didn’t know how to find a publisher. I could just about read. How would I locate a publisher? Crazy thoughts, ha? How many five years olds have those kinds of thoughts? It’s certainly not the norm!