The Author

 

Margaret Jones was born and raised in the New York Metropolitan area. Throughout her childhood she was rejected by most of her peers. She often ate and played alone.

Margaret, about age 3

Margaret, about age 3

Finding her classmates’ teasing unbearable Margaret would retreat to her bedroom after school and would spend the time alone reading, studying and writing in a spiral bound notebook. Isolated from family and peers this diary became the best friend with whom she shared her troubles, hopes and dreams. Margaret excelled in school and won a full tuition scholarship to the University of Denver where she majored in anthropology. Initially she did well both academically and socially but when her boyfriend broke up with her she became seriously depressed and dropped out of college. After she recovered she returned to college with the intention of pursuing journalism. She took two courses in writing but her instructors were critical and did not encourage her. Lacking faith in her writing Margaret changed her major to women’s studies. In her senior year after volunteering at a state psychiatric center she once again changed majors graduating with a dual major in psychology and women’s studies. She has no regrets. Her psychological training taught her how to think, solve problems and cope with life’s challenges.

After her marriage she placed most of her creative energy into raising her two children while pursuing her career in psychology. She put away her journals and did not look at them until 1999 when she was the victim of bullying and scapegoating in her church community. She went to see a therapist but was so overcome with anxiety she couldn’t talk. In between sessions she began writing in a spiral notebook whatever came into her head and then shared what she had written with her therapist. Writing became a central part of her recovery.