As a child I was led into the land of make-believe by my mother. Together we created so many different worlds. A cardboard box became a pirate ship to sail the seven seas ... planks of wood became a wigwam and bird feathers looped together made me an Indian Squaw. Birthday parties were dress up occasions, and I would become Maid Marion in Sherwood Forest, or the Yankee Doodle Dandy 'born on the 4th of July ...'
They were heady days, happy days, Golden Days. Pure magic!
Today that Child lives on. I gaze at the world around me still with a sense of wonder, wanting to capture again the spirit of love with which my mother gave so much. We were poor, but oh so rich in all the ways that mattered.
Beneath that magic however, I knew beasts and dragons really did exist in all the darkest hidden places, ready to jump out when I least expected.
I lifted the lid a few years ago, somehow wanting to reach out to take control. The time had come.
And so I wrote 'BETRAYED'. It is my life and surviving a betrayal of trust by adults who should have known better. Occasionally, the demons still come back to haunt me, letting me know they're still there. But I remain resolute they shall never again rule my life as I use the emotion that comes with them in a positive way, inspiring others in sharing, helping others know they are not alone.
I have now written 25 publications under my name JANINE HARRINGTON (my first three are under my then married name: Janine Turner). I have used my PhD in Life and negativisms in writing truth and fiction, fantasy and thrillers, as well as researching my Family Tree for the stories of my two great uncles in WWI and my mother's story in WWII.
I'm not certain if I still believe in 'happy ever afters', which is sad, always somehow knowing there is someone out there for me. I thought I'd found him ... but it was not to be. Again, my trust was betrayed. My one blessing in life remains my only daughter Jo, a free spirit and Writer, someone of whom I remain immensely proud.
Dreams don't always come true in quite the way you believe.