Born in the North East, I am a young, married mum with three children. I am an entrepreneur, running a family business from my home-base. My debut novel, ‘Isolation Junction’ was published in 2016.
Since this publication I have continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through my blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed.
In this, my second publication is due for release in October 2017; I have put together stories told to me by survivors of domestic abuse. In this way, I hope to give a voice to their experiences and to raise awareness of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse. Thankfully the law has changed to incorporate this kind of insidious behaviour but still far too many people are trapped, isolated and afraid or unaware of how to escape. I hope that this anthology will give them the courage to take that first step and will raise awareness for those who can help them.
Last year, my debut novel ‘Isolation Junction’, funded by a Kickstarter campaign, was published. This year, I intend releasing a collection of survivor stories (entitled ‘Clipped Wings’). These true stories, from those who have also suffered the ignominy of domestic abuse, have been told to me as a result of the publication of ‘Isolation Junction’ and the publicity surrounding it. In this way I hope to raise awareness of the many different forms this abuse can take.
The purpose of this particular campaign is to provide each of those individuals who have come forward with their story, with their own copy of ‘Clipped Wings’ as a means of recognition of their courage in speaking out. It will also enable them to read other survivor stories and hopefully will make them feel less isolated as a survivor. Pledges are open until 7th September 2017 and you are rewarded with your own name in the acknowledgements of the book, a signed copy of ‘Clipped Wings’ and a limited edition bookmark.
Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’.
She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. But through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business.
It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.
After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t will she be able to do it? Will Tim help her? And will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?
Based on true events.
Jennifer is extremely talented to have written such a challenging book with such sensitivity and sympathy – and to convey the confidence that there is help out there for women in abusive relationships!Miriam Smith
Isolation Junction shows that there can be life after abuse, that a woman finding herself in a similar situation deserves to be valued. For me a book that raises awareness of hidden and unseen abuse has to be a good thing, I also feel it’s a book that will hopefully empower women in abusive relationships to seek help for themselves and to find the confidence to change their life’s for the better. Although the subject of this book could be a depressing read I found it to be enlightening and more importantly offering hope to others who maybe in a similar situationLolly Rugs
This truly had me in tears. It is a well written account and I really do applaud Jennifer for writing about such a “behind closed doors” subject. People do not realise that Domestic Abuse is not just Physical abuse but Mental Abuse too. Even typing out this review, I am crying.
People need to read this book so they know the kind of torment that others are going through, yet are either too scared or just “can’t get out” of the relationship. And to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that help is out there.
Knowing someone who is a victim of domestic violence and hearing their story is hard enough. Reading it from a survivors point of view is different again. This is well written Jenny. I hope it can help others in this situation to realise there is a way out.Jurain