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With the recent increase in gender-based violence, Patrice Simpson, author of ‘SHE’ has used her platform to encourage women to observe the warning signs around them. The 25-year-old Sales Representative turned author highlighted one of the short stories in her book called ‘What If’. The story speaks to a woman who is being abused mentally and physically by her spouse but refuses to leave as she holds on to the man he used to be.

An excerpt reads: “But they didn’t know the sweet, tender man who would come back with roses, kisses, and a physical connection so strong she would forget the pain, would lose herself in him all over again”. Simpson said, “Chapter titles in my book such as ‘What If’, ‘Runaway Love’, ‘Don’t Let Your Crown Fall’, and ‘Unhappy Home’ all speak to domestic violence and how difficult it is for these women to walk away”. She also recounted how she felt after finding out a close friend of hers was being abused, saying “I remember one night, a friend of mine called me and the sound of her voice gave me chills. I knew something was wrong on another level. She asked me if she could spend the night at my house. I went to meet her and when we were walking on the road, she kept looking over her shoulder. I was so scared. Upon reaching my house, she told me what transpired between her and her partner and all we could do was utter a prayer of thanks that she was still alive”.

Patrice, like many women, out there knows other women and even family members who are in abusive relationships. Some will speak openly while others will stay silent, but their wounds are visible. Women are urged to talk up and not wait until it’s too late. Patrice chose to write to empower and encourage other women. Her book ‘SHE’ covers themes such as depression, anxiety, verbal, and physical abuse, among others. The self-published book has 70 vignettes all focused on real stories by real women.

‘SHE’ has a Kindle version available on Amazon and paperback versions available in selected stores in Jamaica. The author also donated her books to Women of Destiny Ja’s Little Big Sister Mentorship Program, which involves young women from various parishes across Jamaica being mentored by their Destiny Helpers (mentors). They created a Care Package for all their Destiny Seekers (mentees). Within those care packages, they have included a copy of ‘SHE’ that these women can use in their personal development as young women.

She can be followed on Instagram @triciiwrites.

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Patrice Simpson is now a full-time mom, published author, and publisher (as she self-published her first book). For her, the journey does not end here, it has only just begun. She encourages young girls to forgive their mistakes and believe in their abilities because nothing is impossible. Patrice currently resides in the town of Falmouth with her family. Her dream is to continue writing.

About the Cover

The cover was designed by Jodi-Ann Dyer (Owner of Jodale Designs) and features a young lady in a peaceful garden holding a butterfly. The purple outfit she has on represents ambition, nobility, and Patrice’s former school – St.Hilda’s Diocesan High School. The cover also has sentimental value as the butterfly represents endurance, change, hope, and life.

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