The committed writer knows that words are action. He knows that to reveal is to change and one can reveal only by planning to change. He has given up the impossible dream of giving an impartial picture of Society and the human condition.

Jean-Paul Sartre, Qu’est-ce que la littérature ?

 

Due to my personal journey, I learned from a very young age about supporting and defending victims of abuse and cruelty and child protection. Also, my work as an author of fiction cannot be truly rewarding on a personal level that if it defends, denounces, condemns.

And understands, without forgiving.

I wish I could say “I love writing.” And it’s true, in a sense. Yes, I love writing.Writing is liberating, and when you know how cathartic it is in my case, I wish I could write for the sake of it alone.
However, this assertion is incomplete.

Painfully incomplete, even, because it is impossible for me not to champion the causes in which I believe and for which I have been fighting for many years now.

Here it is, my painful truth : I love to write in favor of…

child protection

The spearhead of my writing: this is the main theme of my first novel, simply because I couldn’t imagine writing for anyone other than a child in suffering.

victim advocacy

A common thread runs through each of my stories: I write to provide the opportunity for those left behind to be heard and, perhaps, understood.
Likewise, I intend to highlight the dark side of my readers and allow them to better understand and love themselves, despite everything.

Love themselves at least as much as I love my characters.

violence prevention

My protagonists are paper beings as alive in my eyes as you and I, and I love them imperfect: they are loud, angry, sulky, violent, intelligent, jealous. They smell of alcohol, debauchery, vice. They willingly show themselves to be cruel, malicious, immoral.

Above all, however, they are endearing. Sensitive. Self-destructors.
They are the first victims of the world in which they operate. Over the words, over the pages, they know hell.

They are not born sadistic, they become sadistic, and it’s all their imperfections that make them so beautiful.

trauma awareness

Many survivors feel that they no longer deserve their place in this world. They are very critical of themselves, to the point of becoming self-destructive. They even sometimes find it difficult to recognize themselves as survivors, simply because this notion implies that they have been a victim.

Who says victim, says criminal, and sometimes says relative.

To recognize trauma as a founding element of the personality is to put a face to violence; it’s facing one’s demons.

And be vulnerable.

To survive physical, sexual and/or psychological trauma is to show unusual strength and courage, and it is high timefor the public to realize the impact of trauma on the human psyche.

Looking forward to reading you,

 

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Cover picture by Artem Maltsev via Unsplash

Agnès Maelström is a French author who writes supernatural horror novels portraying terrifying characters dealing with abuse, violence, and trauma. Fascinated with the Occult, she has been studying Witchcraft since childhood. Her debut novel, Porcelaine, takes place in 1993 in Danvers, a small town in Massachusetts built on the remains of the infamous Salem Village. The quiet town experiences a new period of terror when Sarah, a young girl whose sharp humor is matched only by the blade of her knife, meets Porcelaine, a bewitched doll.

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