The Music Box, Secrets Revealed Behind my Door, is an insight into my soul. I have written my real life struggle as an ordinary woman that has been forced to not only live through domestic violence but survive it. I could be anyone you know. Abused women do not always show physical signs of abuse. The signs could be so subtle that to a casual eye, nothing may seem out of the ordinary. It is not until this woman allows someone into her confidence that the unique individual begins to know the horrors that she faces. The mental, the emotional, and the physical scars that sear her soul, and force her to deal with daily hardships; the things she must survive every day.
My memoir does not only focus on the domestic violence events leading into the fight for survival. It explains what led me down the path to marriage so violent it nearly cost me the life of not only myself but also my son. This narrative flashes back to forbidden love, the choice I had to make between my heritage, my family, and this passionate relationship. This memoir will take you inside the author's struggle with death after her best friend commits suicide. Which then leads to her first failed marriage prior to the domestic violence marriage.
My story is not just about my right to truly live. It is about my son's right to live a life outside of fear and anxiety. Just like me, he was forced to suffer through a violent marriage. But his story, our story, went even further. He was forced to visit a biological father that threatened not only his life but the life of his mother. He had to deal with a father that took his rage out completely on him on the weekend visitations required by the courts.
The Music Box, Secrets Revealed Behind my Door is our story. It is our fight to live free of oppression. The narrative depicts the violence within the marriage as well as the court battles that spanned two attorneys and two courthouses in North Carolina.
Amelia Michael's is a native of Eastern North Carolina. She still resides in North Carolina with her family. In addition to her memoir, she has written two fiction novels. Her fiction has been praised by Encore Magazine and Midwest Book Review. Mrs. Michael's is an avid equestrian often found riding when she is not working as an educator.