I have lived and worked in Europe, where I was born, Asia, Australia and America, and have visited many more countries. Canada is my home since 2004.
Now I would like to briefly transport you back to a day in 2007 and picture this scenario: I’m sitting on my porch, enjoying the peaceful view of the lake in front of the remote country property I have chosen as my permanent home. I’m totally relaxed. The sky is blue, the lake is calm. I open my lap-top, click on the Vancouver Sun newspaper and start reading an article about a Fundamentalist Mormon sect located in British Columbia that is accused of child-bride trafficking with their counterparts in America. This intrigues me, to say the least. I read on and discover that this sect is located only about three hours drive from my home.
Of course, from that moment on I, the writer of suspense novels, am hooked.
I don’t consider myself a crusader or an activist, but I like to write stories with an unusual plot, featuring strong female protagonists. I believe that women are amazingly resilient, resourceful, talented and wonderful human beings. All my novels (so far eight written, six published) are a homage to women who had to overcome enormous difficulties to fulfill their dreams and reach their goals in life.
Until that day in 2007 I would not have believed that a sect practicing polygamy and marrying their teenage daughters to much older men is even allowed to exist in our countries – be it Canada or America.
Several years of research followed and what I discovered in due course not only confirmed the article I had read but brought even more mind-blowing facts to light.
Subsequently I wrote the novel ‘Section 132’. I just had to write it. Not out of cheap sensationalism but because I believe that a novel might reach a much wider audience than a newspaper article and may raise public awareness of what goes on behind the closed doors of those sects. And because I simply could not pass by such an incredible story! After all, I write to entertain my readers by surprising them with unexpected stories. I like to carry them away from their everyday life with all their worries and problems.
I hope you will enjoy this story, as dramatic and brutal it may be in parts. Please remember when you read it – and I hope very much that you do – that it is based on facts, as unbelievable as they may sound.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Imprisoned in a Polygamous Sect
Author: Helga Zeiner
File Size: 623 KB
Print Length: 460 pages
Publisher: POW WOW Books, Canada (August 7, 2011)
Lillian is only 13 when her parents marry her to a middle-aged Bishop of a fundamentalist sect who practices polygamy. She is forced to live with her new husband’s many wives and children on his compound tucked away in the Canadian wilderness.
Disclosure: This Guest Post and Information was provided by the Author as a part of the Partners In Crime Book Tours. This is NOT a compensated post.