Book: The Secret Life - The Bond by Shay Millscategories: Book, Family Saga, Child Abuse, Overcoming the Odds, Fiction, Psychological, Bipolar, Eating Disorder, Friendship, Bonding, 1970s, Coming of Age
Shay Millsabout this book: Shay Mills, a lifelong storyteller and dedicated family man retired from the military and now living in Washington State, has completed his new book "The Secret Life: The Bond": a moving novel depicting the private life of a deceased military man with a tumultuous boyhood in the Pacific Northwest, as revealed to his friend William through Aaron's journals.
Why a new fiction book about abuse and the bond between friends? Some ideas came from my personal experience but in no way is this a biography. This book is a work of fiction.
I was a psychology major in college, and I wanted to bring abuse and other disorders to the forefront of people's minds. We, the populace, should realize that mental health issues plague around 44 million people (1 in 5 Americans). Take away the stigma and realize that those afflicted are people too.
The Secret Life series (four books total) takes you on a saga spanning forty-five years following Aaron, who was bipolar, had an eating disorder, was physically and mentally abused by his stepfather but survived through the bond with his friends.
The concept that if you are broken, you are always broken didn't resonate well with me. I began to do a lot of research (every author should know how to research) to develop a story about the seriousness of abuse, and the damage that abuse does to an individual.
The idea to have the story told through the deceased journals of the main character was a concept I learned as a therapy tool. Journals are often helpful for those with eating disorders and other mental health issues. It is a healthy way to express oneself without ridicule.
So, my main character, Aaron, sent his longtime military friend and battle buddy his journals. Those journals span Aaron's life from age five to fifty.
I promised an endearing, touching, and loving portrayal of real life back in the 1970's and 1980's. In it, I tied in the emotional trauma of monstrous home life and the aftermath that follows. Get ready for a roller coaster ride because this book will make you smile, laugh, cry and throw it against the wall. Get mad! I know I was, and I wrote it.
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