Author focuses on abused women
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Writing is therapeutic. That’s what author Brenda (Humphrey) Meisels told an audience of about 25 July 30 while discussing her new book, “Four Walls and a Leaky Roof.”
Meisels, an Imperial native, spoke at Lied Imperial Public Library about the origins of the book.
“We should write about what we know,” she told her audience. The book is about an abused woman who flees her abusive husband, taking her three children to a friend’s house.
She purchases an “eyesore” house and bonds with her neighbors, while building a new life for herself and her children.
“I wanted to show the growth of a battered and psychologically abused woman,” Meisels said.
Meisels, a retired psychotherapist, counseled pregnant unmarried teens and women, as well as victims of domestic violence.
With the help of writing partners and two writing groups, Meisels has crafted this book and “Family at Booknook,” writing for 12 years.
“I don’t think any of us would have done it without the other,” she said of publishing books.
Meisels also credits husband Murray as her editor. The couple lives in Michigan. She grew up in Chase County in the 60s and 70s.
She said $3 from the sale of each of her books will be donated to Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault Services (DASAS) of McCook, which covers seven counties in southwest Nebraska.
She said the agency received 39 calls involving 18 families in Chase County last year.
Meisels said DASAS is able to “get to victims within an hour, which speaks amazingly well for the service.”
Meisels said people in Nebraska are very independent, but when things get bad, they ask for help and follow through.
Her books are available at Amazon. Meisels’ blogspot is http://fourwallsandaleaky roof.blogspot.com/. They are also available at Lied Imperial Public Library.