As a child I was a victim of bullying, and it has never quite left me. I am shy around new people and it takes me a while to trust anyone new. I thought it was my fault, but as I have got older I understand that I wasn’t to blame.
The two boys, who picked on me, on a daily basis just found a person they knew wouldn’t fight back. I still remember the day my friend gave me a huge confidence boost. One of the boys, now an adult, decided to try and make my life worthless at work too. My friend turned round to him and said ”I’d rather be her friend than yours and if you don’t stop, you will have me to deal with.
She was only four foot something in her shoes, but she made it clear who should be ashamed. He didn’t last long, and I learnt to stand up for myself because I felt worth it.
I loathe bullying of any kind – whether it be as a child or an adult. Especially when they sit behind a computer screen to do it. They, wrongly, feel that they are able to write anything about another person because they don’t like them.
I wrote, at first, because it helped me feel less lonely. Now I write because I love creating another world where I am in control of the outcome. From what other bloggers have read, Martha is definitely in control by the end. In my first book, I have made it clear that telling someone is the first step to stopping the bullying.