“Skipping Childhood: A Novel”  by Charm Baker

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Written by Charm Baker

 

About the Book

The pill popping drunk and verbally abusive Diane Baxter will never win any good parenting awards. Her mother-daughter relationship with her only child Deandra is as dysfunctional as a family relationship can get.

This dark urban suspense drama starts out with the pair living in a rundown south side Chicago apartment. Deandra’s problems are bigger than Diane’s neglect, or her mother’s verbal and physical abuse. There are other evils the child has to suffer. At the tender age of twelve, her mother moves them in with a predator. When the predator sexually violates Deandra, her way of dealing with this shocking secret is to keep it to herself. But then he tries do it again. Now she has no choice but to electrocute him in his own bathtub! The death is ruled an accident and just like that, the problem is solved.


At first the murder seemed to clear a pathway to a new life for the mother and daughter, but not for long. When they relocate to L.A. and move into the projects, Diane’s physical abuse goes from bad to worse...  Read More

 

 

 

 

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WEBSITE: http://charmbaker.com

 

Blog:  http://skippingchildhood.blogspot.com

 

Book Link:  http://amzn.to/2iPosBP

Book Genre:  Suspense, Psychological Thriller

 

Twitter:  @charmbaker

 

 

 

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Here’s What Inspired Me to Write the Book...

 

The Pain Behind Skipping Childhood: A Novel

As you can tell from the details above, my novel is the story of abuse, in addition to the tempting element of murder by a 12 year-old serial killer.  I started out wanting to write a book about a serial killer because that’s all I see when I look at television or read online news about popular books.  The world seems to be fascinated with the topic (right now anyway).  So I chose that topic because I thought it “would sell”.  The child abuse was not supposed to be a primary focus, no more than just to catapult the story and be a driving force behind the murders and everything else.  But that’s not what happened.

Without really meaning to, my own history and past came back to haunt me, and I ended up writing something that resembles a memoir in many ways.  As an adult survivor of child abuse myself, I found that I was injecting a whole lot more of myself into the story than I meant to.  The people, settings and scenes from my own childhood began to dominate my writing.  I wanted to pull off writing this thrilling and suspenseful serial killer-type book, but the amateur murderer in me probably wrote that part of it like a novice.  The realism that I was able to give to the story about the child abuse was both easy and difficult for me to write.  The memories spilled from my head and onto the paper quite easily, but the hard part was reliving it all again.

There’s hardly any characters or scenes of this book that didn’t have some kind of real place in my past.  By the time I was done writing Skipping Childhood, I knew that the murders in the book were all about me killing my own demons from the past.  So I guess my real inspiration for writing the book was to purge myself of the negative memories that still festered in my soul.  For that reason alone, I am extremely happy to have written this book. 

 

 

 

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