"I write the books I needed as a teen and couldn't find."
Cheryl Rainfield has been said to write with “great empathy and compassion” (VOYA)
and to write stories that “can, perhaps, save a life.” (CM Magazine)
SLJ said of her work: “[Readers] will be on the edge of their seats.”
Tell Justin Trudeau: Canadian Creators Should Be Paid Fairly For Copying Their Work
If you believe that, too, please write Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and tell him so at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s an example of what you could say:
Dear Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
I value Canadian stories, and the Canadian authors and illustrators who create them. Canadian authors, illustrators, and publishers deserve to be paid fairly when their work is copied. While the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Access Copyright’s appeal that Canadian creators be paid fairly, it is important that the federal government address the uncertainty that led to this legal action–the changes made to Canada’s Copyright Act in 2012 that included the addition of education as a fair-dealing purpose.
Please support Canadian writers, illustrators, and publishers.
You Too?: 25 Voices Tell Their #MeToo Stories
A powerful collection of 25 authors’ #MeToo stories. Released Jan 7, 2020.
If you’ve ever experienced sexual assault or harassment, you are not alone. The authors in this anthology tell their stories of survival from sexual abuse, rape, and sexual assault.
If you need more support, check out RAINN, who are a great support to survivors of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment, and who also provide education and advocacy.
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I write the books I needed as a teen and couldn’t find. I draw on my abuse and trauma experience for every book I write–it’s important to me to encourage healing and hope, and to break silence–but I also write to entertain and to move people. I put strong-girl and LGBTQ characters into every book I write.
I still get reader messages every week telling me how SCARS helped them stop cutting; get help; talk to someone for the first time; know that they’re not alone about being a survivor, being queer, or using self-harm to cope; and even keep from killing themselves. That is a HUGE part of why I write. I also hear from readers who tell me that they don’t have any of those experiences, but that my books helped them have greater compassion for others who have. And I hear from readers that STAINED helped them feel stronger or braver, like they could get through anything that comes at them. I delight in all the letters and messages and read every one, and I try to answer them all, though some slip past.
And yes, it is my own arm on the cover of SCARS. You are not alone–and it does get better.
We all need positive reminders, so this is mine for you:
I hope you always remember that you don’t deserve to be hurt, not ever–not even by yourself.
You do deserve to be treated with compassion, empathy, and love by others and by yourself.
I hope you take good care of yourself. And I hope you keep connecting with others. We need those connections. And we need to treat ourselves gently and kindly, as kindly and gently as we would a friend.
P. S. Feel free to download this video and play it whenever you need to. I mean every word.
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I am honored that YA author Jennifer Brown calls me “a hero for girls,” saying “When it comes to using past experiences as power, there is no greater female voice in YA than that of Cheryl Rainfield.”
Edgy YA that talks about real, painful issues can help teens know they are not alone, and help them heal. My response to the WSJ article that slammed Scars remains the same. I could not have survived my child- and teenhood without books. YA saves!
It shouldn’t need to be said, but self-harm is NOT trendy.
The sadness of banned books – a poem by Cheryl Rainfield.