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Below is the audio link of Psychjourney's interview with me for The Unbreakable Child

*Psychojourney Podcast -- Jamie Mason Interview Me On The Unbreakable Child

21 min, 7 seconds

A special thank you to:

Psychjourney Podcast Blog
 
Psychology Memoirs
 
Jamie Mason's Blog

 In addition, I'm posting my interview with Gumbo Writer and WHAS TV interview after requests.

  -interview by Angie Ledbetter, Gumbo Writer  

"... get a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy the discussion...then get a copy of Kim's book if you don't already have one! [It's not an easy read, but it's an important one.] Then go hug every child you see, and lastly, bug your friendly neighborhood librarian to stock THE UNBREAKABLE CHILD. *Imagine the strength and balm an abused child would find there waiting in the library shelves if it's available to him/her.*--- 

GW: Do you ever regret publishing your book?

KR: No. And I get to justify that answer again because it was only just a few minutes ago I hung up from talking with an abuse victim who told me they had just finished The Unbreakable Child yesterday.  She said, today for the first time, she went into work feeling so much stronger from having read The Unbreakable Child.  And all her siblings were reading the book and getting so much strength from it.

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GW: Through your trials (literally and figuratively) how did you keep your faith and sanity? What do you do for escape?

KR: The attorney, William F. McMurry, walked the journey of the book with me.  And I dragged him along through the rain-drenched streets of my mind with hideous draft after draft, even though he knew nothing about the publishing world. At the time he was the calm I needed to fight the storm.  Faith comes from my most precious gift--my family.   And exercising helped.  Especially those black punching bags at the gym, ya know, the ones you get to name before the first kick.  ; )

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GW: Are you writing another book? If so, give us the scoop!

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KR: I have two projects on the back burner and a collection of poetry I'm working on. But for now I'm focused on touring and am heavily committed to the promotion of The Unbreakable Child.

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GW: What can supporters do to help get the book "out there" and also to help stop child abuse?

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KR: I believe it takes a community to raise a child.  It also takes a community to abuse a child.  As a wife of a police commander I know child abuse is an issue that knows no boundaries.  It is a commmunity's responsibility, a watchful eye and strong voice that we owe to our most precious gifts – our children.  And although this book references clergy abuse there is no doubt that the opportunity for abuses exists in any childcare setting.  Child abuse is not limited to any one group and is not really a religious issue as much as it is a HUMAN issue.    ... More importantly: I hope government officials, religious authorities and childcare institutions, their employees, instructors, etc. will take a more active and aggressive role to arm themselves with education to prevent child abuse and to insure the safety of vulnerable children. I hope The Unbreakable Child will become a tool for those in the childcare, healthcare and legal societies, and a healing for the many many victims of childhood traumas and as well for any person just looking for a story of justice, strength and redemption.

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GW: Tell us some secret about your personal writing process.

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KR: :laughs:  There were so many unpredictable and strange twists that happened along my writing journey. ...

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GW: What's the best Cajun/Creole food you've ever had?

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KR: Easy-breezy, hands down, that would be the author of Tender Graces, Kathryn Magendies's husband, Good Man Roger's, creative cajun cuisine!!  THANKS!

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One last writerly nugget from Kim which I read in a recent interview~~"Be the little engine that could--- keep chugging and remember rules are nothing more than just guidelines. Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone."   

 --Angie Ledbetter, author, editor

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WHAS TV interview with Rachel Platt