Sin Child; Angela Howard on PTSD, Childhood Trauma, & Resilience

January 14, 2022
Hosted by Diane Dewey

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This is one searing story that will surprise you with the resourcefulness, faith, determination, and ultimately, the will to survive and thrive of the author, Angela Howard. Although none of what happened to her should happen to any child, she overcame her childhood to become a loving mother of two and a mentor to many through her work with PTSD-ACED. Now, an accomplished author, Angela is a testament to the human spirit, to resilience, and to finding a way through the dark. Drop in with us to understand the human toll of child abuse and neglect and how those affected by it can find hope and light with their mental health issues and physical manifestations. It's important to find role models in this and Angela is one. Angela Howard grew up in rural Mississippi and was the only person in her immediate family to attend college. She currently holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and further certifications in medical case management and life care planning. Angela has begun a new journey as a motivational speaker to bring increased awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in women and those who have suffered adverse childhood experiences (ACES). She is the founder of the PTSD-ACED Foundation, providing valuable resources to educators, healthcare professionals, and those who have endured ACEs. She resides in Memphis, Tennessee. Sin Child marks her debut as an author. As a first time author of Sin Child, Angela Howard is the founder of PTSD-ACED Foundation, Inc. Angela is a registered nurse and has worked in the medical field for the past 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and certifications in Life Care Planning and Medical Case Management. She is highly impacted by the adverse effects of PTSD secondary to ACEs. She herself has overcome extreme adverse childhood experiences with the highest ACE score of 10. Angela’s health has been adversely affected as she suffers from multiple autoimmune disorders. Angela’s desire is to bring increased awareness of ACEs by educating those in the medical and educational fields.

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Drop in to the dream of becoming an author. How does the book publishing business actually work? If you’re ready to tell your story, what’s the best way to do it? Do you need help crafting this tale? What about workshopping – is that helpful? When are you ready to show your work to a developmental or copy editor? The time may be now. If you’ve finished your manuscript, what are the next steps? Place your book in the context of the marketplace and decide, who is your audience? What’s the best platform to publish your work? Podcast, electronic or paper bound book? Are you well-versed in developing your book proposal? That means having your agent pitch down. Once you’ve secured an agent, what’s the optimal venue to get your book published, with all the support it needs to be seen and heard in media outlets? Whether through traditional, hybrid, indie presses, or a combination, we’ll bring you the experts in the fields of book coaching, agenting, editing, legal advice, publishing, and publicists, plus resources on the craft of writing. No matter what route you take, your best bet is to get educated. Drop in to how stories are made. In the end, we’ll all become stories. —Margaret Atwood

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Diane Dewey

Diane Dewey

My most pressing question has always been about identity: Who am I? Growing up near Philadelphia with my adoptive family, my genetic identity was hidden. Then, my Swiss biological father, Otto, contacted me when I was age forty-seven in 2002. I’d been told by my adoptive parents that my biological parents were dead, supposedly to protect me. Meeting Otto upended my life. Through him, I met my German biological mother’s family to discover that her story too, had been changed; that she’d not wanted to surrender me and she’d searched for me all her life. Finding my truth was essential.

Based on my experience I am excited to talk to people about their own search for identity. My education includes a BA from Villanova University, a certificate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I’ve worked for The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The SoHo Partnership and the National Academy of Design and have studied writing through New York University’s Continuing Education program. As an entrepreneur, I founded my art appraisal business, The Realization of Art in 2006. My non-fiction writing has been published in Shared Space, a monograph, and in Artes online magazine. Writing workshops worldwide have given me the chance to learn and hone my craft. My first book, “Fixing the Fates,” was awarded the National Non-Fiction Author’s Association Silver Medal and the Living Now Award.

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