Author hopes book will help those in abusive relationships

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Dr. Tammie Page has always been aware of the problems that stem from abusive relationships. The 38-year-old Clinton resident has spent much of her spare time offering support and advice to help those suffering physical and emotional problems with their partners.

The difficulty, she said, is that for some people the advice she tries to bestow doesn’t always sink in.

‘‘People don’t like to be told face to face what they have to do,” she said. However, being shown in a different way how they can improve their lives, say by reading a story about someone caught up in an situation that may mirror their own, might help someone come to grips with their own unhealthy relationship and ultimately help them summon up the courage to better their lives, Page said.

Page said she hopes her recently published first book ‘‘Inward Forces: A Roller Coaster Love Affair,” will do just that.

‘‘It’s meant to be entertaining as well as an eye opener for young women who find themselves in unhealthy relationships,” she said.

Page said she intends for the book to serve as a tool in which readers will learn a message in a subtle way. She focused on emotional abuse because she said lies and manipulation are often overlooked. ‘‘When you think of an abusive relationship most people think of the physical,” she said.

Page, who manages the Robotics Mental Protegee Program for the Department of the Navy, said she has made writing a habit throughout her life, penning short stories, poetry and academic pieces in her spare time. She said the idea for ‘‘Inward Forces” stuck in her mind while she was working on a manuscript of her doctoral dissertation. Finally putting her academic piece aside, she spent December and January writing out the 71-page story after work and between her adjunct teaching and consulting jobs, sometimes writing until 2 or 3 a.m.

‘‘I’m not a structured writer. Pretty much I’ll write whenever I want” if the inspiration strikes, she said.

Once she completed the manuscript, she published the book through E-Booktime, a self-publishing company based in Alabama, in February. Page said she is working on setting up readings and book signings and is also waiting for reviews from ‘‘Ebony Magazine” and ‘‘Black Issues Book Review,” which is based in New York.

She said she hopes once the book is out that it will speak to those in abusive relationships who need to improve their situations.

‘‘It’s exciting to see your name actually in print but again, that isn’t the purpose. The purpose is to put it out there so that it will be helpful to someone,” Page said.

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