Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the one hundred and fifty-seventh, is of murder mystery author and fiction memoirist LT Bentley.
L.T. Bentley has sung professionally, owned a bed & breakfast, worked as both a forensic and clinical therapist, taught school, taught music, currently works part time as a Health Coach, but writes full time.
A mother of five, and still avidly involved in the field of therapy, it’s no wonder that she enjoys writing murder mysteries / psychological thrillers and relational fiction.
When not in front of her computer writing, she enjoys the beach, gardening, redecorating, building furniture, and reading anything she can get her hands on.
And now from the author herself:
Survivor is how I define myself and it is the underlying theme in all my writings. Most of my life can be defined by the trials that I have overcome and grown from. As a therapist, I quickly discovered that those who could overcome devastating experiences were individuals who refused to see themselves as victims. This self-definition is not inherent, it is learned. My goal was born. I wanted to help others discover their own strength; to find their own definition of survivorship.
Therapy on a one-to one basis wasn’t enough to fulfil my desires so I began to write. I found that I could reach more individuals and I felt more fulfilled by the process. The first time a reader contacted me and told me how my story had changed her self-view, I knew I’d found my calling. I was meant to write.
As I continued to write, I discovered that I was healing from my own past. Baggage I had once carried around for decades, was finding its way into my stories and I was leaving it there. It was very freeing. Who would have thought that I would have found healing in such a way?
My stories are all about personal discovery and redemption on some level. Writing in this way offers me hope that I will continue to grow as a survivor and if I can bring my readers along on that path with me, then that’s even better.
You can find more about LT and her writing via her website http://www.ltbentley.com and blogs (http://ltbentley.wordpress.com, http://relatingtoyou.wordpress.com, and http://crafterheart.wordpress.com).
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