Featured Interview With Julian Demarco
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised in both Florida and Michigan, each having its extremes with the weather close to family members in both states. Most of my life was spent living in Florida near the ocean which became my calming tool if I needed to just think. I wanted more for my daughters for opportunities beyond our small town so, we moved to Tennessee. Living in a small town but having big dreams for them and myself was the push to have a better life.
I am a childhood trauma and domestic violence survivor. The abuse started before I was four years old by an uncle by marriage. Later in life, I experienced domestic violence so severe, I knew if I didn’t take the help of my daughter, that the next time would be the last. Leaving was one thing, but the memories of being beaten still looped in my head and diagnosed with Complex PTSD, anxiety disorder, and depression. An article that I read changed my life substantially. I used the techniques described in the article on myself with the second technique being successful. I couldn’t believe it. After suffering for over 40 years with traumas, I felt “normal. With NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) being so valuable, I started helping my friends overcome their trauma. It led to the pursuit of education to be board certified. If it weren’t for this education later, I would’ve been stuck unable to move.
I had a bad car accident with injuries when an 18 wheel tractor-trailer sideswiped my car with my eldest daughter and three-year-old grandson in the back. My car spun us across three lanes of bumper-to-bumper traffic, although none of them hit us. My car and my body were damaged. Knowing that I needed to get my mind straight, I started going through the techniques, If it weren’t for my training, I wouldn’t have been able to drive us the rest of the three to four hours home.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve always been interested in psychology, started after getting a college textbook when I was ten years old. I wanted to know why people do the things they do. Trying to understand why someone would abuse a little girl just before four years old fueled that interest.
I started writing at about the same time. My mother would read me poems from Longfellow, so I began writing poems first, then short stories after reading my mother’s Reader Digest. I was hooked! I wrote longer stories and even started writing a fictional love story writing three chapters. Obstacles in life got in the way, and my portfolio got lost in our move, so I never finished it
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I like to read various genres from non-fiction such as John Gray Ph.D., and Riso ad Hudson, to fiction like John Sanford and James Patterson with romance novels thrown in between. To choose a favorite, I may lean more towards Patterson, although Steven King’s books are superb.
After reading then re-reading one particular book that I’m sure everyone has read from John Gray, Ph.D. it made a lot of sense to me. I already knew there were differences, and the book delved deeper into the psychology of it all. It was very enlightening to assist in understanding the language and Sociology.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
This book just received the Reader’s Choice for four 5 Star editorial review awards. My book is for those who are suffering after a death, divorce, or a breakup. It is a gently guided step by step book to ease you away from suffering and how to move forward with forgiveness, healing and peace. You may feel broken, lost and falling into depression. Included in this book, are several self help therapies to help you to find yourself again after feeling broken.
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