“I always knew, that I would one day find the courage to share my story and my journey of day-to-day healing from trauma and abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and depression,”
Melanie’s South African childhood was violent. She hid in closets away from the muffled sounds of beatings and smothered screams until one dark day she was witness to her mother’s murder. Melanie was eleven years old.
Wadham writes, “I was a casualty of a cold war.”
Life without a mother left Melanie with no home, no family, and no protection. The role of being an adult came early. Violence continued in her foster home and she was abused sexually. Melanie emerged from her childhood with a crippling sense of powerlessness. She felt lost and broken.
After years of bad choices and hiding the horrors of her past, Melanie ultimately found freedom in telling her truth. Velvet Lies – Muted Cries is a compelling true story of courage, survival and finding one’s voice. Follow one woman’s transcendence from a broken, forgotten little girl to a woman with the power (and determination)
About the Author:
Melanie Wadham is a wife and mother of 3 boys and lives on Waiheke Island on the Hauraki Gulf of Auckland, New Zealand. She enjoys an idyllic lifestyle on the island with her family and their four cats and is a crafting and sewing enthusiast. Velvet Lies – Muted Cries is Wadham’s first novel.
Auckland, New Zealand