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What if there were a way to no longer feel trapped by your past traumas? What if you could finally take back control and discover joy and peace?In Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety and Depression: A Journey To Finding Your New Your New Normal, J L Martin candidly details her lifelong journey as both a witness to and a victim of these challenges, revealing how – against all odds – she got back in the driver’s seat.A storyteller at heart, Joanne illustrates her experience growing up in a dysfunctional home, escaping an abusive defacto, being a foster parent to emotionally abused and neglected children and then engaging in a career advocating for abused children in the Child Protection system (during which she unexpectedly succumbed to her own mental health battle).Through stories both heartbreaking and triumphant as well as dozens of proven tips and strategies, she shares the path to a new, glimmering day-to-day reality.In this book, you’ll discover how to:Effectively involve family and friends in your recovery.Identify and remove toxic relationships from your life¿permanently.Incorporate proven tools to enhance your mind, body and spirit – even when you don’t want to get out of bed.If you are ready to put your fears in the backseat and again be the driver of your own destiny, this book is for you.
Abigail: Unexpected Beginnings
The Golden Glow Chronicles is a four-part, 25 book epic series due to be released in 2019.
The first series starts in 1890 and goes through to 1968. The second series begins in 1968 through to 2060. The third series is a prequel from 1790 to 1875 and the fourth and final series spans from 2060 to 3050.
All of the series are intertwined and tell the story of Abigail, a young Scottish orphan who sees auras around people.
Would you please introduce yourself to my readers and share something about your life.
My name is Joanne Martin however I write under J L Martin. I am in my mid-forties and worked for over 20 years in the Child Protection field as a crisis worker, responding to reports of child physical, emotional and sexual abuse. I would conduct investigations and assessments to ensure a child’s immediate risk of harm and would at times be forced to remove children and young people from their homes and take the matter before the courts to ensure their safety. I am a mother of two adult daughters and 3 beautiful grandchildren. I am currently going through a divorce (which is tough) however know I am resilient and a strong woman who can face and get through whatever life throws at me. I am a positive person by nature and love my family and friends ferociously.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I am a free spirit who wears her hair in dreadlocks and once worked at a strip club in a prior life (not as a stripper but at the door lol). I don’t take no for an answer and truly believe we get in life what we put out there.
Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you?
I don’t find myself to be interesting at all! I like to stay at home surrounded by my tribe and choose my friends wisely. I have travelled, met and befriended famous people and raised over 30 foster teenagers when I was raising my own two girls and keep in touch with each and every one of them who I am proud to say have turned out to be amazing people.
What are some of your pet peeves?
Negative people who don’t have a nice word to say about others. My grandmother taught me if you can’t say something nice, remain silent. This I have passed down to my own children and grandchildren and I find it protects my energy by surrounding myself with only positive, kind and decent people who hate drama as much as I do.
What are your 10 top favorite authors?
Too many to mention however I adore Diana Gabaldon and love Stephen King. I also love Indie author Joanna Penn.
What inspired you to write this book?
My own experience with trauma and being diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, and depression lit a fire under me to write this particular book as I don’t want others to suffer through what I did for nearly 10 years. If by telling my own story and the strategies I have developed to cope with my illness even helps just one person, it has all been worth it.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I am currently writing a series The Golden Glow Chronicles which is a 25 book serial spanning over a three hundred and fifty year period from 1790-3050. Each book is epic containing 200k words and are all intertwined. I have just started the 19th book in the series while the completed books are being professionally edited. I was offered two separate publishing contracts however after much consideration, made a conscious decision to self publish. Once this series is completed, I will then finally be able to write all the other exciting stories that fill my head day and night.
Where were you born/grew up?
I was born in Dandenong, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. My parents were middle class and worked for everything they had, instilling in me a strong work ethic that continues to this day.
If you knew you would die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
Surrounded by everyone I love. Where we are isn’t important as long as we are together.
Who is your hero and why?
My dad is my hero as he has always been there for me and made the best out of what has sometimes been the worst of circumstances, all with a smile on his face and a positive attitude. He makes me want to be a better person.
What book do you think everyone should read?
Mine of course! Mental health is everyone’s business and we should do more to fight the stigma that sufferers are treated with.
Tell us about a favourite character from a book?
Jamie Fraser. He has everything and more I want in a man. Such a shame he lives only in my mind.
Describe your writing style?
I am what they call a pantser however I do outline my chapters before I write them. I write in chronological order as new characters sometimes appear and do the most unexpected things that then play out in future chapters and I am fanatic about details and everything entwining beautifully.
What makes a good story?
It would have to be the characters. Love them or hate them, they are what keeps you turning the pages as you can’t help but care about what happens to them.
What are you passionate about these days?
I am passionate about helping others and trying to make a positive impact in the world. I work tirelessly in relation to mental health and am in the process of establishing my own charity ‘Sunshine after the Storm’ which will work primarily with homeless people who have PTSD, assisting them off the streets and linking them back into services, traditional and holistic.
What do you do to unwind/relax?
I meditate, spend time with my loved ones and smoke the occasional joint given I rarely touch alcohol. Spending time in nature always makes me feel great and centres me.
How do you find time to write as a parent?
Given my children are now adults, I write to my own schedule and what suits me.
What made you decide to become an author and was it the right decision?
Unlike others who have always wanted to write, I fell into it. I started journaling for therapy and found I enjoyed it so much I wanted to write novels full time. It was certainly the right decision for me as I have now completed 19 books in under 3 years.
Describe a day in your life as an author?
I wake at 2.45am every morning, even on weekends, and write until 8am. I then spend time marketing my books, answering emails and ensuring I learn at least one new thing a day in relation to my craft. By lunchtime I have finished and have the rest of the day to do as I please, visiting friends and family or participating in fun activities. You must live a balanced life to be an author along with being disciplined as you don’t always feel like writing but if you consider it a job/career, you push yourself forward.
Advice you would give new authors?
Always know the beginning, the middle and the ending of the story you wish to tell before you even write that first sentence. This prevents you getting lost along the way and abandoning your idea.
What are you currently reading?
Minette Walters- The Dark Room.
How long have you been writing?
I wrote the first sentence of The Golden Glow Chronicles on the 12th of December 2015. I had never written anything before this other than for school or court reports and risk assessments for my job in Child Protection.
What is your writing process? Do you outline first/chapters first?
I always know the story from beginning to end in my head before I start. I then briefly outline the first chapter of what characters will be there and what will play out. I have a rule for every chapter that if it doesn’t move the story forward or impart imperative new information, it doesn’t get written. Once I have completed that chapter, I do the same for the next, only now I have more to work with as I find that the story develops in ways I couldn’t have imagined before writing it out.
Do the characters come to you at the same time or as you write?
Both. I have my established characters before I start the book however many characters then appear during my writing who I then flesh out, some becoming major characters in later books.
What research do you do before writing the book?
I do most of my research as I write and issues come up that need to be accurate and thoroughly researched for authenticity.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less?
Feisty, determined, kind, loyal and trustworthy.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the books?
MY PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression- Finding YOUR new normal is based on fact and events that have actually occurred. My fiction series started out with me questioning what would have happened to my foster children had they been born in another time along with exploring the soul connections that people share and how we sometimes meet people we feel we have met before which then raised the question of reincarnation.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
This book was one of the hardest I have ever written, open wounds that I thought had healed. The most enjoyable aspect was knowing that through my own experience, I was able to help others who are suffering not only from PTSD, but anxiety and depression, no matter how mild.
Tell us about your main character? What makes them tick?
In my fiction series, my main character is Abigail. She is a Scottish orphan who has no one who cares about her and is being pushed out of the safety of the orphanage on her 15th birthday with nowhere to go. Her life is about to change for the better unbeknownst to her and she finds that she is drawing people to her who have a golden aura that only she can see. She is strong and defiant with resilience thrown in to boot. A woman who will make her mark on the world no matter what the circumstances.
Do you have any advice to give aspiring authors?
Absolutely. No matter what anyone tells you, don’t give up. Do what you love and do it your own way. There are lots of rules in writing and it is only when you know them well that you can break them. Good luck!
“Having been through my own battle with anxiety and severe panic attacks I found myself relating to J L Martin’s experiences on so many levels. Her life story at times was very moving and the book itself is a ‘can’t put down’ read. I was immersed in her struggles and her courageous achievements, having gone so far down yet still being able to claw her way back from despair. If you suffer from PTSD, Panic Attacks, Anxiety or Depression this should become your go to read. JL Martin is living proof that no matter how hard you think life has become you can still take back control of your life and guide yourself to a new you.” Jaqueline Cincotta- Anxiety Sufferer.
About the AuthorHolding an Associate Diploma in Welfare, she worked as a senior crisis worker in Child Protection for over 20 years before suffering an assault that ended her career in 2010. After struggling with PSTD, anxiety and depression she discovered writing and wrote the first book in The Golden Glow Chronicles on 12th December 2015 resulting in series like no other.Joanne is married with three adult daughters and three grandchildren who spend time with her on her rural property at the foothills of the Baw Baw ranges in Gippsland, Australia.