Kim started out on the road to becoming a writer in fifth grade when her teacher Mrs. Aalto picked Kim for an enrichment class, in which the very proud Kim wrote her first book “The Mystery of the Poison Ivy”. While it was not a brilliant novel it did open the door to Kim’s imagination.
Her life after that first taste of literature followed numerous paths in many countries, with writing in some form and various languages being part of her life, being teaching, broadcasting or writing.
Kim’s love of teaching foreign students and basically chatting to people from around the world lead her to hear the story of Svetlana, a legal immigrant from Uzbekistan. We also heard during the show about Kim’s investigation trip to Moldova and what she experiences there.
Svetlana’s story, Kim’s experience and her own imagination have produced her fascinating YA novel called “TRAFFICKED”.
About TRAFFICKED: (taken from “wherethewriterscometowrite” blog)
When Hannah, a teenager from Moldova, is offered what seems to be the chance of a lifetime- the chance to go and work in America as a nanny, getting a huge wage every week and being able to study night classes and eventually become a doctor, she takes the plunge; after all, there's nothing keeping her in her home country, not since her parents died.
But, though her employee's seem nice at first, soon a much more dark side comes through and nothing is as it seemed. She's threatened with a terrible life and no future at all...
Now Hannah must fight for everything she holds dear, the most important thing threatened? Her life.
While the story of Hanah is fictional the problem, as we’ve learned in the pas from authors such as Kathi Macias, is very real with over two million people are victims of human trafficking every year.
The story has strong themes filled with reality including some sexual scenes, but it should be read, these are real goings on in your own neighborhood.
It is a book I highly recommend.
So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Kim Purcell
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