In part, she says, “Many of my early drafts probably had too much raw and unrelenting pain, because that’s what I knew. But I wanted my book to be a good read—emotionally connecting and compelling as only a story can be. And I wanted to make sure people could hear my story—that there was enough light and hope to get them through. If I put too much pain in, people would turn away. But if I put too little in, I wouldn’t be true to myself or my experiences. I wanted people to understand what it’s like to be sexually abused—the effects, the trauma of it—and what it’s like to use self-harm to cope.”
She also reveals that the arms on the cover of the book are hers.
Read more of her moving essay here.