Dear Readers and Fans of HUSH & HUSHED:
The following is a comment originally posted on the “Excerpt from JANE.” tab.
I wanted to share this comment here as it contains a companion comment on my behalf. The comment is very heart felt, and my comment explains a little bit more about HUSH.
Hope you enjoy!
Devlin De La Chapa
Submitted on 2015/02/23 at 6:05 am
I have to say that as I read both of these books I as well did not get any rest. I could not put them down, which makes the wait for the finale so much more torturous. As I read these books my heart broke, thinking is this story based off someone’s true life? I remember putting my ereader down and thinking my God my life is not as bad as I make it out to be. I mean I could have things so much worse! So in a way these books have made me more thankful for what I have, and what I have not had to endure! At the same time though it makes me extremely fearful and so much more protective over my two children! I found myself taking my daughter shopping for a dress for her father daughter dance, thinking of how beautiful she is and wanting her to not get dresses that made her age beyond her years! My daughter did not understand this, she just wanted to go on a date with her awesome dad, while my thoughts were of all the other dads that would be there looking at my beautiful daughter and her friends. Not helping myself but thinking the worse about those dad’s. I have to admit these books have opened my eyes to things that I choose to deny. I mean I know these things happen but I choose to ignore I guess you can say. But at the same time it has also put me more on gaurd for my beautiful babies and their friends who are like my children also. So while these stories may be fiction, I will no longer ignore anything! So thank you for slapping me awake, otherwise and (God forbid) one of my babies could end up in a non fictional story! Can’t wait for the third eBook!!! Can’t believe we all have to wait til the summer!!! Keep up the amazing work!!!
Hi, Teia. . .Wow! I honestly do not know where to start with this very heart felt comment, so I will start with this:
Back in 2008/2009 there was an innocent girl who was best friends with another girl. The girl stopped by the innocent girl’s house one night to say she was going out of town and that she just wanted her to personally know. The girls hugged, then they parted. But as soon as the innocent girl turned her back to head back into her house, the other girl, along with a couple of guy friends, nabbed the innocent girl and threw her into a van and drove off with her. It turned out that there was an older man looking to have sex with a fourteen or fifteen-year-old virgin, and the innocent girl’s best friend suggested her innocent best friend. They took the innocent girl to an apartment where the older man was waiting. For the next two weeks or so, the innocent girl was prostituted out to anybody. It is said that the innocent girl was found (when she was found) locked in a dark bedroom, occasionally hidden beneath the bed, or in a dog crate.
Around the same time (maybe earlier) there was a well-off eight-year-old girl who’s parents forced her to sign a Contract stating that she was going to support her mom and dad by prostituting for them. After, the father took her to his place of business. There were some men there socializing with one another. When the girl got up to use the restroom, one of the men followed the girl and raped her. And that is when she state she started prostituting.
These stories touched a nerve with me because at that time my daughter was 12, and we were living downtown in a not so good neighborhood, around not so good people, and just blocks away from four interconnecting Interstates leading to California, Las Vegas, New Mexico and Mexico. And we (her parents) always made it a point to tell her to be aware of her surroundings and of the people. And we would also say, ‘that by the time, baby, you realize what’s happening to you, you’ll be somewhere on an Interstate either heading North, South, East or West never to be heard from again.’
Those are just some of the accounts that inspired me to write HUSH. I originally wanted to write a documentary on the subject but decided to write a fiction story instead. When I began researching the subject of child and teen prostitution further, I also came across a couple of other accounts where teens and suburban teens were prostituting other teens, so that, too, just added to me writing HUSH. And instead of an inner city twist I decided on a suburban one as I wanted people to understand that it doesn’t matter what neighborhood class you live in, teen prostitution is happening, it’s just, and like you stated, we choose to ignore it.
I’m glad that you [openly] shared your thoughts and your opinions about the issue and about your girls. And from what I can sense, you sound like a good and wary parent. . .So keep up the good work. I will say that I am sorry that it took a book like HUSH & HUSHED to make you feel otherwise, or to open your eyes. But at the same time, please do keep in mind that just like there is bad in this world there is also good.
Good luck with your daughter, and I hope she enjoys the Father-Daughter dance as well as her dress!
Take Care, Teia