Since the release of In Her Father's Shadow, several readers have asked if I knew someone in Mia's situation. Thankfully, the answer is a firm no. But I was able to give Mia a real voice because of two important methods of research.
Last year, I devoured A Serial Killer's Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming by Kerri Rawson. The daughter of the infamous BTK wrote a moving memoir of her experiences growing up, and later discovering her father was a monster. I've always been an avid fan of true crime, but this book both struck a nerve and sparked my curiosity. Kerri was an adult when she learned of her father's heinous crimes. I couldn't help but wonder: what if she had been in her formative years when the truth was discovered?
Secondly, I spent ample time with a dear friend who has her masters degree in psychology. Although she obviously couldn't say whether or not she's met with someone in Mia's situation (I have a feeling she hasn't based on our rural location), we dove deep into Mia's mindset and how she might react to different situations.
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