“I was raped, beaten, idolized, demonized, and thrown out of a moving car. I touched a dead body, wrote a song with a murderer, and ran down the middle of the street butt-naked screaming, “I’m not crazy”—all before my 19th birthday.
I place the blame squarely on a Fourth Grade English teacher who said that not every life is worth recording, that most of it is mundane bullshit and you’d better have a pretty interesting life to be page-worthy.
I hadn’t thought of him…well, ever, since then, but as I licked at the rough salty blood dried to my bottom lip, pregnant, and locked in a closet…I had to confess, that I always have been a bit of an over-achiever.”
The memoir, No Angels Here is the eyes wide shut true story of a teenage girl running full speed into a locked closet. 18-year-old Tawnya, intrigued by danger and drunk with self-importance, went from being an office employee to being held captive by a murderer without a single person ever realizing she was gone.
This story takes us on the journey to reconcile the devil and divinity that coexists within each of us. Only through her search for meaning, accepting the illusion of control, and the dark walk through her own personal shadows does she ever have a chance at attaining her own freedom.
This is a journey through the eternal questions that connect us all and the simple truths that set us free.