SOME DIRT ON THE AUTHOR: Born and raised in Plymouth Meeting, a small town west of Philadelphia, Paige Dearth was a victim of child rape and spent her early years yearning for a better life. To escape the unwanted attentions of her molester, a pedophile uncle who lived with the family, she married at the age of nineteen and moved with her new husband to Chula Vista, California. After two years of marriage during which she struggled to make ends meet, she became pregnant, only to discover that her husband was a heroin addict. Paige waited for the birth of her daughter and when the baby was just eight months old, moved back to Pennsylvania. With no formal education or money to fall back on, she courageously set out to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and make it whole once more. Living through the fear and isolation of her youth, Paige developed the ability to create stories that would help her cope and finally put them to use by embarking on a series of novels. Believe Like A Child, the author’s debut offering, is the darkest version of who she could have become, had fate not intervened in the nick of time. It presents a fine balance between what lives on in her imagination and the evil that lurks in the real world.
The staff has been diligently working on getting through a whole slew of books this month. Adam’s been reading the historical fiction novel Deal With The Devil Part II and recently posted for it. His next review is for a young adult mythology book, Pantheons. Todd’s been reading a new thriller novel Targets of Deception and the fiction novel Believe Like A Child. Christine’s been reading a short story/poetry anthology called Everblossom. Jess is reading the memoir Taking Flak, while Charlie’s been working on a review of the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I do also want to inform all of you about the addition of another staff blogger for the Reflections team, Sam! Sam’s been working on a young adult dystopian thriller, The Tube Riders. You can find out more about Sam and her reading tastes on page!
When I’m writing my stories and they begin to play like a movie in my head, but one where I can make happen what I desire. When I write, all time stands still and I get to live moments of heartache and joy as the scenes unfold. There were times when I was writing Believe Like A Child and I was laughing out loud or typing the words through gut wrenching sobs. There is no greater joy than being submerged in a sea of words and stringing them together to create a story that gives rise to a deep emotional connection in readers.
The reason behind writing Believe Like A Child was my desire for people to understand the darkness children are forced to live when they are being sexually abused. It’s difficult for anyone to imagine that an adult can do such horrible things to children. But they do and it happens more than we care to believe. I wrote this book as fiction so that I could weave a story of real-life and make-believe in an effort to convey an important message while entertaining readers.