On this episode of Book Journeys, Vice President for The Author Incubator, Jenn McRobbie, interviews Jodi Jensen-Schuelke, author of I Just Want Out: Seven Careful Steps Leaving Your Emotionally Abusive Husband and Relationship Detox: 7 Steps to Preparing for Your Ideal Relationship.
Jodi had always thought of writing a book, telling herself that she would do so at some point in her life, and when she finally took the plunge, so to speak, she wrote out two different books within the space of a year. Her first book, I Just Want Out, was first released in March, 2016 and Relationship Detox was released in January, 2017, with both books springing from important experiences in Jodi’s own life.
I Just Want Out is intended for women who, like Jodi in the past, find themselves in an emotionally abusive marriage and realize that they need to somehow get out of the toxic situation they find themselves in, not only for themselves but also for their children. The steps within are the same ones Jodi used to extricate herself and her two boys out of that abusive marriage, which took quite a bit of planning to execute. Jodi remarked that such a book might make people uncomfortable, but noted that there is a market for such a book, particularly when it comes to the presently somewhat unrecognized dimension of emotional violence where domestic violence is concerned. She remarked that writing I Just Want Out helped her come out from behind a curtain where that part of her life was hidden and that she was motivated to write the book because she wanted to help women who are in the same kind of relationship she had been in.
Relationship Detox springs from Jodi’s experience some ten years after her divorce from her abusive husband, when she found herself in the position where she had been dating for some time and found herself essentially dating the same kind of man over and over again. She wrote the book to help women who are in the same kind of situation she had been, constantly dating the kind of man who didn’t fit what they are looking for in an ideal relationship, the kind of man with whom they could settle down with for the rest of their lives.
Jodi commented that writing books has expanded herself and her awareness of how she helped women. When asked how clients react to her, given how personal her stories are, Jodi remarked that doing so might have felt somewhat shameful to her but that it has also enabled people to trust her. Jodi also noted that people do better when they learn from their experiences, and where launching her books was concerned Jodi commented that she felt “numb” the first time she did so, while at her second book’s launch, which was a red carpet event, she felt calmer but also “fabulous.”
To those who are thinking of writing a book, Jodi advises that they envision themselves living in the future that they want and to not fall prey to negative feedback, either from others or from within their own minds, as what they have is their dream, which they can make come true.
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