About Me:I am a 36-year-old mother of six, three boys, three girls. I am a journalist, former mainstream media reporter with two of the country's foremost publications--Trinidad Express and Trinidad Guardian. I have also written for several other publications, both locally and regionally. I am married for the past eight years, but in a relationship with my husband for the last 17 years. The man I once saw as a monster and whom I had grown to hate, I now see needs more help than I could ever want. I have been able to empower myself through my faith and the Holy Spirit. I need to tell other women how to do the same. I once wrote for a Christian magazine and felt the most fulfilled then about my writing, now I know that this is my calling. To publish my book and let others know that my source of strength, wisdom and empowerment can be the same for others. This book is in fact my second written, but I was not ready to publish and then God gave to me the second book. If there is anyway you can assist in the publication of the book, it would be appreciated. I can forward you the info for the publishing company and have them provide the invoice. This is not about me asking for money, it is about asking for help to do what I know in my heart I was placed here to do. I did not go through all I did for me alone, just to suffer, lose my identity and feel less than others. I believe I was made to go through all I did so that I could shine a light in the lives of others, who are out there feeling lost, suicidal, homicidal and hopeless. In fact, just to prove this, if you do decide your organisation can help, then I would prefer you get in contact with the publishing company and speak directly to them. I just want this book to get to readers so badly it hurts. I was aiming at publishing and launching in time for our Rally, however, as October is the Month for Awareness of Domestic Violence and November 25---International Day Against Violence Against Women follows, I would really like to launch by then. Thank you so much for the opportunity to partner with you in the fight against Domestic Violence, Valdeen Shears-Neptune
My Passions:Writing, and publishing my first book
My Challenges:Impatience, not enough of a relationship with God and finances
My Vision for the Future:A world where people begin to fully realise and acknowledge the awesomeness of God and rely on Him and not on mankind. The end of violence in all its form and fashion and a revitalisation of being each other's brother's and sister's keeper.
My Areas of Expertise:Journalism, parenting (sometimes), testifying