“While this was a story for me, the bottom line was if I could tell my story, if I could find my voice on the traumatic things that happened to me, I could help other people find their voice.”
Don’t miss another episode of The Women’s Eye Podcast with our guest host and bestselling author Laura Munson. You met her previously on TWE when she chatted with Stacey Gualandi about her book Willa’s Grove and her top-ranked Haven Writing Retreats in Montana. She recently introduced us to Dr. Tanmeet Sethi, author of Joy is My Justice, who insists joy is our right and can be attained by everyone.
On this episode Laura talks with novelist Dana Killion, author of a new memoir Where the Shadows Dance: He Got Sober: I Got Broken. In the process of trying to save her own marriage, Dana describes how she had to face the raw reality that she had to save herself.
Dana is from a small town in northern Wisconsin and grew up loving Nancy Drew mysteries. Her dream was to one day become a writer.
That dream became a reality when she saw her first novel published in 2017. After penning five books in her mystery series and with her marriage unraveling, she felt she had to write a memoir.
“My story is about being on the sidelines of addiction. When you are there, your entire life is about the addict and protecting your family. Over decades all my actions were for other people.”
Dana and Laura discuss:
- How she felt she couldn’t go down with the ship as she calls it.
- The importance of journaling to be able to step outside of oneself.
- How she rebuilt her life by finding a house that healed her.
- How to be a good caretaker for oneself when you are used to only taking care of others.
- How to deal with addictive relationships.
It took a long time for Dana to heal enough emotionally to be able to tell her own story. As she shared with Laura,
“My fear shifted from being afraid to tell my story to I’m afraid not to tell my story.”
It’s a book you won’t put down and hopefully, as she says, it will give others the courage to speak up.
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