This interview was easily conducted. I had already done a lot of research. My interest was peaked when I found her on the RAINN Speaker's Bureau list, thanks to Katherine Hull. Her latest book, The Rape of Innocence: Taking Captivity Captive, features information in the index about various sexual assault organizations. So, without further ado, let's get to this interesting interview:
Q: Lacresha, tell my readers a bit about yourself.
A: There's actually not a lot to tell, Deb. I'm a wife and mother, a good ol' country girl, an author and a business owner. I am enjoying life inspite of how it started.
Q: What made you write this particular book?
A: My life was hard, and as hard as it was for me to imagine it, millions of women and men have been through worst. What choice did I have? To be silent would be to exacerbate the situation so many suffering people are in.
Q: How did you come about join RAINN (Rape, Assault and Incest National Network) in their quest to alert the public to a growing threat to families and sanity?
A: That was another natual step, to be honest. They are people who truly care, as I do. I see what they are doing. They are active. I don't want to sit around behind some desk talking about the problem. I want to put my hands to the plow, so to speak, and help people heal. I healed, and if I healed, so can others.
Q: What is the theme of your book?
A: Sexual abuse, abandonment issues, domestic violence, suicidal tendencies and an overcoming salvation and faith in Jesus Christ. No matter how horrible some of the story is, I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me. God brought me out of it all with a fairly sound mind. (LOL)
Q: What advice would you give others who have been hurt like you?
A: Seek God first. There are no other real options. In fact, everything else makes it worse before it gets any better. It's not the end of the world. My new motto is to make your pain your power! I mean that with my whole heart. This is the key to healing. Avenging the evil of your past by doing good for someone else.
Q: Any other works in the making?
A: As a matter of fact, there is. Becoming: My Personal Memoirs is due out sometime in the next two weeks. Introducing the Culpeppers, my first try at a children's book, will be released in March of this year. Full Exposure: Behind Church Walls is coming soon also. There are a lot of books in me, so I may be writing for the rest of my life.