- Aug. 7, 2020
-- Memoir: Homelessness Can Happen to Anyone, Even the Author
No one ever thinks they're going to be homeless. But luck can change in a moment, just as it did for author Kim O'Brien-Williams.
One day she was living in a nice three-bedroom home in New Zealand with a friend, the next she was living in a bus with no plumbing or power. She moved to Australia with her two kids, hoping to start a new life. She lived there in an elaborate six-bedroom home with a friend who ripped her off and kicked her out, with only $25 left and nowhere to go. With assistance from organisations, she had accommodation for one night in a motel. Pawning what she could to pay for a second night gave her time to find backpacker accommodation, where they stayed for eight months.
"My memoir shows that life can change in an instant and without warning. It presents a rollercoaster of life's ups and downs that I endured to get to where I am now, pursuing a meaningful life on the Gold Coast." She says, "This is my story and the stories of the many people I have met who have been homeless or just down on their luck."
She writes: "As you wander down the street minding your own business, you come across a homeless man, and it hits you – the dawning realisation that things in your own life are not that bad, that there is always someone out there in a worse situation. These are the homeless people, those living on the streets or sleeping under bridges, some straight out of jail with nowhere to go, no one to help and no family who cares, those finding it hard to get back into society."
Kim O'Brien-Williams grew up in Brighton, a small beach town just outside Dunedin, New Zealand. She is currently a head chef working on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. This is her second book and was inspired by meeting a homeless man who told her his life story.
Website: - http://sbprabooks.com/KimObrienWilliams