A Fine Line: A Balance to Survive was not an easy book to write, and I am often asked by many people, who have their own stories to tell, the question, where do you start? As my book is a true account of severe abuse my answer was at the easiest place, and what comes into the mind first. Also to remember that my method suits me, and everybody eventually has their own style of writing. I also find that I have to be in the mood to write, but the hardest job a writer of a novel has is the sustainability, and at times I have to push myself, and set a target of either an hour a day or 3,000 words a day.
As my book is a true account of survival against the odds, I also had to seek the advice of medical professionals. My consultant was initially against it and said it was too risky, as I suffer from post -traumatic stress disorder, which can be life threatening, I thought long and hard, but my story was seeping out to be written and I also knew that I was fortunate to have the support of a great medical team behind me. I was also very determined to give a true account of the consequences of child abuse, and the ambiguous care at a psychiatric unit which was all new to me and quite shocking at times.
My book is not to everyone’s taste as it is quite distressing and disturbing in many incidents, and also includes graphical nature of scenes that are not nice. Yet the book is significant as I simply wrote it as it was. The police and medical professionals have stated I shouldn’t be here, after surviving many murder attempts, burning, rape, and being brought back to consciousness everyday under a cold shower for over twenty continuous years, I have been told that I should either have ended up on drugs, alcohol, in prison, or be dead. I am fortunate that I have ended up living very near to normal circumstances with a loving husband, two beautiful children and a decent life in the countryside rescuing billy goats from the slaughterhouse and many other animals.
I also have gained many positives as I have to fight intensive flashbacks from time to time and fight to stay alive, I can appreciate little things in life that I think the average person might not appreciate and these are all bonuses.
I feel privileged that the book has received many positive reviews and endorsements from the medical professionals. The British Psychology Society have praised it, the local NHS chief executive has endorsed it alongside a world leading Professor of biological psychology, and that the ebook has been number one in many categories on Amazon UK since before Christmas.
The letters of thanks I receive from the public, such as solicitors dealing with child abuse cases, and reviews the book has received has changed negatives to positives and has also endorsed my love of writing. As I finish my degree in psychology I hope that my next book called ‘The Survival ‘ will be finished this year and also give beneficial insight. I would like to thank the people who have supported the book, as it has also given me some important insight to the nicer sides of people and life.
A Fine Line A Balance to Survive by Lisa WB: The British Psychology Society 2010: Well done to Lisa WB who has had amazing success with her first book ‘A Fine Line. A Fine Line is based on Lisa’s own story of suffering years of child abuse. The main character, Bridget, is persuaded to check herself into a psychiatric unit, for what she thinks is a matter of weeks, which then turns into years as she unravels a sequence of appalling abuse, blocked from her memory.
Lisa explained: "The book has taken a long time to write and a lot of really hard work but I felt compelled to write it to increase understanding of people who suffer from mental health problems, the treatment they receive, and what life is like in a secure psychiatric unit.’
A Fine Line has been positively reviewed and Lisa has been invited to speak at her local NHS Trusts about her experiences. Lisa hopes that books like hers can help to raise public awareness of the signals and patterns that come from suppressed abuse and that people are able to access the support they need before things get worse. To find out more about Lisa and her experiences please visit: www.afineline-lisawb.co.uk
Professor Antony Sheehan, Chief Executive of the Leicestershire and Rutland NHS Trust. March 2010: A Fine Line is a very significant text for all those trying to understand what it is really like to use the mental health system, indeed why so many of the women who use MH Services need help in the first place. Lisa has been forthright in her account of the good, the bad and the indifferent. As the chapters go on we see a compelling story unfold with lessons for managers, clinicians and service users jumping out of every page. It's not easy but it's a must!
Dr Ojeicha, GP: Nothing splendid has been achieved except by those who dared to believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances... The book, like its author is splendid.