Meet J.L. Pitts, Author of Scar Wars Forged in Fright
JLP: My name is Julie Lambeth Pitts, I was born in Ocala, Florida on August 16, 1966. I was raised in a town 3 hours south of there called Wauchula, Florida. At 17, I left home and the journey I was on for the next 8 years is all in my book "Scar Wars Forged In Fright". I have a lot of Peace in my life right now and although my husband and I are separated, we are working on getting our lives back together. In the book, I say he is "beautiful all the way down to his soul" and even during our separation he has still been that same person. The eight years without him have been disastrous to every area of my life, but we have been dating and working the details out of reuniting our family. Our soon to be sixteen-year-old daughter is ecstatic about the reunion. On Our 32nd Wedding Anniversary, May 5. 2016 we have plans to renew our vows. I am searching for the perfect wedding gown that will erase the horrid memory of what I was made to wear on my wedding day (important part of trauma I recovered from). We are taking it slowly and our daughter already feels the family togetherness we once had. Since writing the book, I have felt at Peace and have been able to forgive those that abused me. Being 48 has been the best year of my life. I think my generation didn't have the normal "mid-life crisis" We had Mid-Life Metamorphosis." I have more plans for my life now than I ever had when I was young.
JLP: Scar Wars Forged in Fright is a non-fiction memoir. I have had the book inside me for many years.I actually wrote the book in 2012 on an old heavy metal laptop that I had to keep plugged in all the time because it had no battery power. A friend named Stan Hembree opened up his home up in the nearby mountains in a small town to give me a place of solitude and safety in order to feel free to write the horrors of my heart. There were no "mind maps or outlines" the book flowed from my mind to my fingers onto the white pages of a Word document. Of course, that did cause a lot of editing, but it is the way in which I write, in a free-flow style way of writing. I put the laptop away for two years and then decided it was a story that had to be shared. I knew as I was writing it must be written that there were other people in the world that had no hope of healing the wounds of their own childhood and were unaware of the advances in treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
BBB: What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
JLP: I want them to take away exactly that, "Hope". That no matter what their story is, working diligently towards recovery their story too, can have a happy ending. I remember the years of living when the PTSD went untreated and they really were not worth living. If my book can reach anyone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and cause them to have that glimmer of hope that kept me going then the book has done its job. It hurts my Soul to know that 22 veterans a day take their own lives because of trying to deal with this disorder. No one mentions the people who have PTSD from other traumas and how high their suicide rate might look like.
JLP: I am currently working on my book called "How to Write a Better Prayer Relationship with God". I am also a Certified Professional Coach and am seeking a venue to open a Support Group for PTSD Survivors to have a support system as they try to seek help for their own PTSD. I also have a client base and am currently taking on new clients. I specialize in PTSD Social Integration (I help people with PTSD learn to function in Society without the stigma that being treated for PTSD puts on them.)
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
JLP: If they visit my Facebook page Julie Lambeth Pitts they will discover a very spiritual side of me. My relationship with God has brought me through the trials of my life and made me stronger. If they go to my blog authorjlpitts they can read revealing tales of my life and more about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. As I mentioned before I did not go through a mid-life crisis. I am in the middle of a Mid-Life Metamorphosis!