A Doormat No More
By Susan Eileen Walker
Once upon a time, she loved him and thought he felt the same. But their marriage changed everything between them. Nowadays, as long as she does everything he wants, when he wants, and how he wants it done, there is peace in the house and things were fine between them. Only they weren’t, and it was all her fault. It was always all her fault.
Then came the day she decided things had to change. That was the day she began a journey. The journey to break free from the abuse that had transformed her from a smart, funny, independent woman into a human doormat he used as his verbal kicking post. Along the way, she rediscovered herself, her strong, smart, brave self that somehow had gotten lost along the way.
And along the way, she found her joy again.
*Based on true stories*
Note from pearls:
I know this doesn't seem to fit our usual romance genre. But what greater romance is there than learning to love yourself. Sometimes you have to make your own HEA. The Inner Goddess motto is about empowering women to be true to themselves, one book at a time. We hope A Doormat No More helps more women nurture their Inner Goddess.
Where did you grow up and was reading and writing a part of your life?
I was born in Cumberland, Maryland, a state in which I never actually lived. The first 5 years of my life were spent bopping around with my parents, living in Little Rock, Arkansas, Atlanta, Georgia and Arlington, Virginia. My brother and sister were both born in Arlington. Then we moved to State College, Pennsylvania where I lived until I joined the Air Force and moved to North Carolina in 1983.
Who were your earliest influences and why?
I don’t write a lot of nonfiction, so I really can’t answer that. The short articles I’ve written for writers’ magazines seemed as easy as writing fiction. I just sit down and write like I’m talking with a friend.
Many times. In fact, I had reached the point where I was threatening to have a huge bonfire in the backyard if something didn’t happen. Two days later I was offered my first writing job, working freelance on the children’s page on a website. It seems like everything I threaten to give up something comes along and keeps me writing. God has determined that I will be a writer, but only in his time. I’ve had to learn patience, which is still a challenge sometimes.
When I’m between projects I go a little crazy, usually because I can’t decide on the next project to work on. There are so many waiting in various stages, from development and first draft to editing and submitting to publishers.
Do you have any hobbies? What are they? How do they enhance your writing?
I knit/crochet, read and daydream. The knitting allows my hands to stay busy while my mind is free to wander. Reading and daydreaming keep the ideas percolating. I have a lot more ideas than I’ll ever have time to write, but I think most writers do.
What’s the coolest thing a reader has said to you?
What has been your feedback from readers? What do they say to you about their interpretations of your book?
Do you think that as a writer you are more prone to watching what goes on around you and observing behaviors than most people are are?
Who are some of the authors you consider to be "don't miss"?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. You can do anything you set your mind to.
What is your favorite city to visit, but one that you wouldn’t want to live in?
The Washington DC area. My family lives in Northern Virginia. I love to visit them and the city, but when I get there I park my car and lock the doors then let my father or brother chauffeur me around.
What’s the best part of being a writer?