Sue Julsen's Blog
January 26, 2015
"Stop Child Abuse Now": Bill Murray's Blog Talk Radio Show
When: Wednesday January 28, 2015
Check for your Time Zone: 8 pm EASTERN; 7 pm CENTRAL; 6 pm MOUNTAIN, 5 pm PACIFIC
Special Guest, SUE JULSEN: Abuse Survivor, True Crime, Memoir, and Crime Fiction Author of 9 Books with #10 coming soon!
NAASCA's SCAN Talk Show: www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Bill-Murray
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However, if you can't make the show live, keep the above link because you can hear the replay from the archives at your convenience.
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January 17, 2015
I started reading them at a very young age. Never have I read anything by any author that is as passionate and thought provoking as Sue's books.
Her recent book Zip Ties and Lies about the Hannah Anderson and Jim DiMaggio case brings up many questions that should make the reader stop and think, questions that should have been answered by law enforcement.
Sue does her research extremely well. She would make a much better law officer than some I know. She gets to the heart of the matter and leaves the reader wanting an accountability for the questions she raises.
Her other books, Bitter Memories, Drowning in Memories, Cutters Revenge etc... are filled with powerful, raw emotion. These books will make the reader almost actually feel the pain and horror themselves.
Sue is a very dedicated and authentic person as well as an author. You would be doing yourself an injustice if you do not add her to your list of favorite authors!"
Thank you to this reader for the awesome reiew!
For more information about my books, please visit my website.
She wrote: "I look forward to reading the next book in the Revenge Series. I so enjoy Sue's books.
To overcome what she has been able to is simply inspiring. I think when you live a childhood of just trying to survive on a daily basis it has a way of giving you gifts as well.
Sue is able to write for thousands of abused people. Possibly saving or giving some the courage to finally speak up and save themselves from further abuse.
When Sue and I grew up, abuse was not something you talked about. Neighbors did not interfere when they saw what was clearly abused.
Today there is never an excuse. Sue speaks loud and clear for all of the abused people of this world. She speaks louder for the people who are victims today with no one helping them.
You can be a voice for a victim. If you feel it in your gut, then that is a big red flag. Children and adults do throw out signals. Most people ignore them. Then one day you hear them on the news, "If only I had known". Some say, "I thought there was something wrong but what could I do?"
Stop sticking your head in the sand and do the right thing. Thank you Sue, for doing the right thing."
Thank you to this reader. She has clearly been abused as a child. Her words here screams out saying she understands what children feel who have been abused.
She is asking the same things I have been asking for as long as I can remember.
We ask for YOU to get involved. Stand up for our children who are being, or have been, abused. They do not a voice of their own because they are afraid of the repercussions if they speak out. Be their voice.
YOU do have the power to save children from years of abuse, maybe even death.
You can read my own story of child abuse in Bitter Memories: A Memoir of Heartache & Survival.
My story is one of extreme abuse, but it doesn't take extreme to hurt, to feel like no one cares, to believe no one loves you.
Read my story and share it with others. Read the sequel, Drowning In Memories, the continuation that shows there is life, there is happiness after living with abuse.
Help me and my other readers spread the word. Help us spread awareness so one day child abuse will no longer exist.
Follow this link to be taken to my website where you will find all my books currently available -- memoirs, true crime, crime fiction, and more.
January 1, 2015
1) With plans of a series of true crime books, I'm researching numerous crimes that have never been solved, hoping to find truth for the victims of these cold cases and closure for their families.
2) Staying extremely busy, I'm proofing my next book in the Revenge Series. If you haven't read Trophy Murders and Cutter's Revenge yet, you still have time before the last in this series comes out.
Now for a little about me, the author:
Kidnapped at three years old, I began writing as a means of escape from the emotional scars and repetitive nightmares from my childhood.
As an investigative reporter for my college newspaper, I received a journalism scholarship, graduating with an Associate in Science degree. After college I wrote as a correspondent for my local newspaper, then ran a successful massage therapy clinic and a gift shop business for eleven years.
Today I am a true crime, memoir and crime fiction writer/published author.
I currently have nine books available in several formats. Besides writing my memoir series, I also have a short story fantasy that I wrote just for fun, with plans of expanding the fantasy series when time allows.
Today I live in Nevada with my husband, two dogs, and a bird. I enjoy writing, reading and going for short walks with my dogs.
And now you know just a little about me. To learn more about me and my childhood trauma/abuse, read my memoir series: Bitter Memories, Drowning In Memories, From The Heart, After Midnight, and One In A Million.
NOTE: Cutter's Revenge is part of the memoir series (and the revenge series), putting closure the way I wished my life could have been. Also: After Midnight and One In A Million are sold as singles, but they are included in Drowning In Memories.
To see all my books and the formats available for each book, please visit my website. There are also links on the website to order.
December 30, 2014
Excerpt from Drowning In Memories, Part 2: Crouching in the darkest corner of my room, not wanting to look but unable to detach my gaze, reluctantly, I watch in numbed horror.
Trembling, unable to move, I listen to the clock on the wall. With each vulgar sounding tick…tick…tick…my body stiffens. My mind is reeling, my heart pumps spastically. Panic sets in as the illuminated hand snaps off another minute.
Tick…tick…tick…I barely notice the beads of perspiration trickling down the back of my neck. I hold my breath and push my back tightly against the wall behind me.
Two more minutes…tick…tick…tick…
Nothing good ever happens after midnight…
Excerpt from Trophy Murders (based on the true story): "Sarah, please don't get mad at me, but sometimes you talk and act like a different person. You say the f-word a lot, and you get a weird look on your face when you talk about men. Even your voice changes. It sounds harsh and raspy, and so cold...
Excerpt from Cutter's Revenge: I never approved of Daddy's way of life, but what could I do? I was just a little kid! Those years I lived with him on the run, it took everything I had just to survive the hunger...the abuse. If any hate should be slung, I should be the one slinging for the way Daddy treated me all those years...
Please visit my website to learn more about these books, plus 5 other books.
December 15, 2014
Imagine: A happy three-year old girl taken from her bed in the middle of the night by her father, a man she adores...then things change for this little girl as she experiences a life no child should ever be subjected to.
Like so many others, I am a survivor of child abuse. I was that little 3-year old kid kidnapped by my father in the middle of the night. For the next six years I lived a life on the run, hungry, abused and terrified. Thanks to the mind’s ability to “disassociate” in times of extreme terror, I survived only because of this disorder...The fear I felt was so intense I split into multiple personalities...Bitter Memories: A Memoir of Heartache & Survival is the start of my story.
NOTE: Bitter Memories is not a cozy, feel-good book. It is a true story of extreme and horrific child abuse and the will to survive. Strong language and graphic content!
Drowning In Memories, written in two parts, continues my story, showing that all memories are not bad. This up and down ride has fun times, not-so-fun times, and sad times that came to mind during and after writing Bitter Memories.
Many secrets my uncle kept hidden over the years are revealed. While trying to mend fences with my aunt I learned you never can go home again, at least I never could. John, who I didn't know growing up, was an amazing big brother. With great pride I share some of our times together while we were getting to know each other.
Cutter’s Revenge tells a story from my dreams of how I wished my life could have been. I wanted some happiness in my life! But I also wanted revenge!
Cutter’s story introduces a serial killer for my uncle to battle while he continues to struggle with years of secrets and lies that he knows will destroy him if he doesn't confess. He also believes if I learn the truth of those secrets, that knowledge could destroy me. Will he find the courage to reveal the long-kept secrets and admit to years and years of lies? This is a twisted tale of terror to keep you on the edge of your chair, but there’s a lot more to Cutter than meets the eye. Enter Cutter’s world — if you dare…
Trophy Murders, written for my fiction fans, puts a spin on the true story for an exciting read as a gang of killers hit our small town, giving my uncle, the police chief, a challenge to bring peace back to his town.
From the Heart is a collection of 15 poems written during low points in my life while searching for inner peace, exposing feelings never shared before this book. The first poem written was when I was nine years old, after the death of my mother, a woman I never had the chance to remember. Included are short stories or clips that inspired each poem.
After Midnight continues parts of my story left out from the other books in the bitter memories series, as I delve more into my involvement with my mother’s alcoholic sister and also my big brother who, in the other books I had not yet met. NOTE: After Midnight is also Part Two in Drowning in Memories.
One In A Million: A True Story of Friendship is a story about an amazing man who changed the direction my life was heading, and brought me back from a never-ending abyss of pain and sorrow.
After I'd attempted suicide, I met David, another patient on the psych ward suffering from deep depression. He'd been admitted on a suicide prevention watch. However, holding a heartbreaking secret, David had a good reason to be depressed.
One In A Million is a true story of friendship and love between two friends helping each other deal with spirals of emotions, good and bad. David truly was One In A Million. NOTE: One In A Million is also the bonus story in Drowning In Memories.
Zip Ties and Lies is the story of the Anderson/DiMaggio coldhearted, coldblooded murder case that started in San Diego, California and ended in the Idaho wilderness, leaving three people and a dog, dead.
Who REALLY killed the Anderson's? Who's behind the cover up? Was Jim DiMaggio innocent of murder, arson and kidnapping?
The Rose: A Tale of Fantasy, written for fun, is complete with magic and talking animals that try to help their "Queen" in her quest when they learn of danger coming to the city and to the forest. This is a story for all ages.
To learn more, and to see all formats available for each book, please visit my website for full descriptions of all my books.
November 30, 2014
However, I too, had a story to tell, but my story, although it involved a lot of travel, were not exciting travels. I never had kids, so no real story to tell there. My animals — two dogs and a bird, plus numerous other wonderful bundles of love that have now gone to the Rainbow Bridge — have filled my adult life with so much joy.
As a child, there were no animals to love. There were no happy times for me to sit back and reflect on. No, my early life was filled with heartache and sorrow. A life filled with pain and fear. And many times, a desire to give up.
Life for me was not happy at all. I didn't have loving parents to take care of me. I had a mother who loved me, but I never got to know her. I had a father, but he didn't love me. Oh, he claimed he did, but in truth, Daddy never loved anyone or anything but himself.
Daddy kidnapped me when I was two years old, then again when I was three. He took me from my bed in the middle of the night. He took me away from my mother and my grandparents. He took me away from everyone I loved, and from the only home I’d ever known.
For the next six years I lived a life on the run, hungry, abused and terrified. I was hurt time and again by people who claimed to love me. But, no one loved me! No one really cared if I lived or died! They used me for their own pleasures, and they allowed others to use me.
If pictures of kids were put on milk cartons back in the 1950’s, I would have been on one of those cartons. If there were amber alerts, I would have been listed with other missing children. But, there was nothing back in those days.
All I had was a mother at home who turned to alcohol as a means of escape from her misery, and an uncle, a cop, my mother’s brother who, along with the FBI tried to find me. Unsuccessfully for six years, but at least they never gave up.
You have no idea how much pain a little kid can suffer—and still survive—until you read my book, Bitter Memories: A Memoir of Heartache & Survival.
This is not a cozy, feel-good book. Bitter Memories is the true story of my life, living with my father after the kidnapping. This is a story of extreme child abuse and my struggle to survive.
Let me warn you right now: There is no way to “sugarcoat” child abuse, therefore be prepared for strong adult language and explicit content.
Bitter Memories is an unforgettable, unnerving journey into a world of extreme neglect and criminal cruelty/abuse as I fight to survive under the worst conditions imaginable.
The second in the series, Drowning In Memories, continues my story, but in this book you'll learn not all memories are bad. Cutter's Revenge turns tragedy into triumph, ending the series the way I wished my life could have been like. In Cutter's world I gain revenge, safely, toward some who hurt me over the years.
For an exciting fictional twist — based on the true story — you'll also want to read Trophy Murders.
As a memoir, true crime and crime fiction author, I thoroughly enjoy writing. I enjoy giving my readers a variety of sit-on-the-edge-of-the-chair crime stories — some true, some pure fiction.
To learn more about all nine of my books, please visit my website:
November 22, 2014
And, with Christmas just around the corner, it's time to start thinking of what to buy for those family members and friends.
Books make excellent gifts, and they last a lifetime, too.
So, when you're trying to decide what to buy those special people in your life, give my website a visit and check out my books available.
I'd really appreciate it!
Also, if you'd like to give a book to someone extra special, I'd be happy to sign a copy. The book/s can be mailed to you or directly to the person receiving the gift. Just go to the contact page on my website and send me a message for details.
Have a fun and safe holiday!
November 19, 2014
This is a small part of the interview by Fiona.
Name: Sue Julsen
Fiona: Where are you from: Texas
Fiona: A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
A few years after graduating high school, ready to leave Texas, I packed up and moved to Washington State. Five years later I moved to California. Several years later, still in California, I met the love of my life. After 23 years he’s still the love of my life and he’s also my best friend. We enjoy our time together, which has been pretty much 24/7 all these years. We have two rescue dogs and a bird.
Eight years ago, ready to retire from “real” work, we packed up and moved to Nevada. Even though cold and snow aren't my favorites, I really love living here, and I’m finally getting to live my dream as a writer.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I don’t have an official title for my next book yet, but it will be #3 in the Revenge Series, spinning off Trophy Murders and Cutter’s Revenge.
Here’s a sneak peek, Fiona, just for your readers: ...
To read more of this interview, follow this link: http://wp.me/p3uv2y-2bE
Follow this link to my website where you can learn more about all of my books currently available:
November 7, 2014
I started to school for the first time in the fourth grade. This was the grade I was supposed to be in based on my age. It was a trial run, being told if I couldn't catch up with the other kids, I would be put back...all the way back to first grade.
That would have been devastating! Luckily, I was a fast learner, and I managed to catch up. I got to stay in the fourth grade, barely passing. But I did pass, and continued on to the next grade, then the next, and the next.
With determination I made it all the way through the twelfth grade, never admitting that I hated school with a passion.
It was many years later before I enrolled in college, but this time it was because I wanted to, not because I "had" to.
Soon I found out I loved college! I never liked math of any kind, even in college, but since I had to take algebra to graduate, I saved it until my last semester. Again I drew on my determination to pass, even if it was squeaking by. Somehow, I managed to graduate with a B in algebra, and straight A's in everything else.
And I did all this while working grave shift, full time, for a newspaper. I never had time, or the energy, to run the party scene. I was busy studying or working. Boy, was I glad when graduation day came. I wanted to catch up on my sleep!
However, I did prove to myself, and others, if you want something bad enough, you can do it, and nothing can stop you.
Now with my college degree behind me, (I majored in Journalism; minored in English) I knew it was time to get back to work on a book I'd been trying to write for so many years.
Bitter Memories: A Memoir of Heartache & Survival was that book.
It was forty years in the making, and another three years tossing around whether to publish or not. I decided to move forward and publish it, because it is a story that needed to be told. It is a story to help others who had lived a life as I had growing up.
There have been eight more books since that one, and I have more to come as time allows over the next few years.
Writing is in my blood. If I couldn't write, I'm not sure I'd be very happy. I live to write, and I also write to live.
I must admit, after the childhood I grew up with, the life I told in Bitter Memories, today I live a wonderfully happy life, showing that there really is happiness after child abuse.
Bitter Memories is not an easy book to read, but it was my life as I remember it. Drowning In Memories, the sequel, shows that all memories are not bad. Cutter's Revenge and Trophy Murders show I do know how to have "fun" writing to keep readers on the edge of the chair, while Zip Ties and Lies shows the other side of my writing — True Crime.
Please go to my website and check out all my books.