***It should be noted, some of the content of this book may not be suitable for all persons.*** Abusive men do not care or consider the long term effects their abuse has on women and children. Although this book does contain accounts of child abuse, it is not the sole focus of the book. I watched at age 6 as my father did his best to murder my mother. Beating her then nearly choking her to death. My screams loosened his grip enough for her to jump through a window. But the nightmare was just starting. "David's mark" is a look back at the first 9 years of my life, although with some creative writing thrown in to move the story and fill in missing gaps. In my author's reflection at the end I explain in detail just what was fictionalized and why. I have changed the category to non-fiction, as the events are true or as you see in the movies (Based on a true story) Names of people and places have been changed for protection reasons. The account opens on what appears to be a normal middle class American family of the late 1960's, however it quickly turns by the end of chapter 1 into the nightmare that became my life. I close the book on January 1 1977 just after my 9th birthday, the last 2 chapters being metaphorical. However the abuse did not end, and would not until my father died. I omit details of the sexual abuse, even the word sex is never used. Not to diminish the abuse, but I did not feel it was needed as many people are well aware of what happens with sexual abuse. I include some accounts of physical abuse however. The account is more of a look into my thinking and mindset while the abuse took place. To this day I have an uneasy fear of men, and I question their motives, even though I am a man. I have been married to the same beautiful woman for over 25 years and fathered 3 children, we lost our first. Being with my wife and raising my sons I could and still do not understand why men feel the need to belittle women or children. I can't conceive of hurting another human. My wife choose to marry me, knowing some of the things I had suffered, and she has remained with me through the nightmares (real ones) and flashbacks, she is the greatest Wonder Woman on this planet. (Sorry Superman-No I'm not). I did not realize it but this story has touched women and the fight they face against abusive men, I would like to think it would touch abusive men, to cause them to rethink their abuse.
DeWayne Watts: I started out writing short stories and poetry. Some of which was published in the 1980's. I have parts of 5 novels written and have completed 2 novels. I have been married over 25 years and raised 2 wonderful sons who have been a great addition to the human family.
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The 3 Novels/Books Written By DeWayne Watts
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"The Boy in The Wood"
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