Lesley Hanson - Indie Author


This is a story of survival...

Gary is an average bloke who grew up in rural Australia during the late 70’s and into the raging 80’s’ He has no fame or notoriety, nor does he want any.  Throughout his childhood and early adult life he endured many forms of degradation and abuse at the hands of the people close to him and who should have been his greatest support and protection from the world of evil.

Anyone who has been afflicted by traumatic experiences in childhood has, out of necessity, developed a range of creative, effective strategies that help them survive and go forward to live a valued life. Gary did this as he learned to protect his emotions by repressing them and trying to live without question or causing upset of the ignorant culture he would discover around him.

Very often, however, the strategies that worked in childhood don’t work so well when one becomes an adult. Like so many others, now in his fifties, Gary suffers PTSD, anxiety, and depression; all the while having all the elements of decent Australian lifestyle. He has a great job, a beautiful wife and children who mean the universe to him. But the torment of his past makes everyday a struggle for him and his battle for inner freedom and peace brings the demons raging back to his soul.

"The emotional journey through this book borders on unbelievable to incredibly sad and moving...a true survival story of a child becoming a man, and often in the worst possible ways imaginable...please protect our children...5 stars for talent and bravery..." Denise, Indiebooks Reviewer.

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Why did you write this book - what were your inspirations?

Initially it was written as a form of therapy, but after a few friends read it and gave some feedback on how it made them feel a little less alone or isolated while dealing with their own thoughts I thought it would be great if other people could read it and understand they aren’t alone and it’s ok to talk about your issues and not suffer in silence.

How did you decide on the characters in the book? 

They are people from my life.


What drew you to the subject matter or the characters? 

It was my life.


What was the biggest challenge when writing the book?

Recalling the horrible experiences of my past and realising how little I meant to the people who should have loved and protected me.


 Include any interesting experiences you might’ve had during the research for the book, or while writing or publishing the book:

The process made me look at not only my past but how deeply that past is still impacting on my life today, and what I can do to improve it.


For whom did you write it and why?

People who live with PTSD, depression or anxiety and are interested to hear someone story.

People who have a family member, friend or work colleague who suffers PTSD, depression or anxiety and want to understand a little more about how they feel.

Requests welcomed for further information about the author –

  1. Book copies for review and discussion

  2. Full media kit, inc images and Q&A about the book by the author

  3. Interviews can be arranged via Skype, phone or email.


Book is available for purchase upon release at all great Australian book stores and

online direct where all awesome Australian books are sold.

Thank you for supporting new Independent authors in Australia,

and we welcome further communications with you in the future.

Kind regards,

Publicity Manager
Shawline Publishing Group