When I write stories, sometimes secondary characters crop up out of the blue. This happened in my latest holiday novella, HER MR. MIRACLE. Adam, the hero of the story, is a kind, compassionate, and giving man. When a victim of domestic abuse shows up on his doorstep, he does not hesitate to offer her a safe haven. “Tracy” turned out to be an interesting secondary character in the book, and her actions during her short appearance in the story completely surprised me… even though I probably shouldn’t have been surprised. I can’t offer any more details that might spoil the story for readers. However, I did want to offer up some information I discovered during my research on domestic abuse.
Did you know there is a National Domestic Abuse Hotline? I didn’t know. I’m going to provide the information here just in case you or someone you know might ever need it:
Let’s start with the website: https://www.thehotline.org/
This website is filled with valuable information. You can find answers to questions such as: What is Abuse? Why do people abuse? Why do people stay in abusive relationships? You can also learn about healthy relationships and setting boundaries. There is also a list of resources. Someone is always available to chat online; all you need to do is click “chat now.”
If you fear your internet activity might be monitored, you can call the hotline:
As I said, “Tracy” is a secondary character who showed up unannounced in my story, but she made me go out and do a little research that I wanted to pass on to you.
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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl’s Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5.