Author Interview with Carol Christie

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Author Interview with Carol Christie

Posted on May 8 by Carol Christie
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Today's interview is with Carol Christie, author of the new release Property. In the early 1970s an innocent teenager who had led a sheltered life was forced to leave her family and enter into a polygamous and abusive relationship with a man called the Prophet. In 2008, nearly 40 years later, in the dead of night she fled and created a new life. Today Carol tells us about her experience writing this book.

Caitlyn: TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK

Carol: Property tells my story. I was forced into a religious cult while still in my teens, and endured forty years as a polygamous church wife. It is written to be a concise, and shocking account of the abuse,  violence, and restrictions I faced.  It also touches on what my life is like now, and the contrasts between the two.

Caitlyn: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS BOOK?

Carol: I lived it! For the first many months after my escape, I didn't wish to share my past, feeling somehow it was best forgotten.  There came a time, however, after about a year and a half, when I felt emboldened enough to begin to share my story, first only with a handful of loved ones.  As part of my healing process, I began to journal my experience.  Those notes began to look like a book, thus the decision to share my experience more publicly.

Caitlyn: WHAT IS THE OVERRIDING THEME OF YOUR WORK AND WHY DID YOU FEEL COMPELLED TO WRITE ABOUT IT?

Carol: Truth is often stranger than fiction, and my story is one of shock and awe.  MY prime motivation, though, is to get something done about the seeping scourge of polygamy in Canada and elsewhere.  Specifically, I want the small religious community to which I belonged shut down, its leader to face legal consequences, and its remaining victims freed.  My youngest son is still under the grasp of this cult and its brainwashing tactics.  I want him in my life again.

Caitlyn: DID YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC READERSHIP IN MIND WHEN YOU WROTE YOUR BOOK?

Carol: Property is for anyone, who may care, at least a little, that Polygamy, religious and otherwise, is the creeping social problem it has become.  The reader with particular interest in religion, basic human rights, or is keen to know more about what might be going on in one's own neighbourhood, should find the book an interesting read.  If you have a fascination for the world around you, even when looking at it makes you uncomfortable, you'll want to pick this one up.  If you're a mother, you will likely weep with me.

Caitlyn: WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART OF WRITING YOUR BOOK?

 Carol: Living the memories all over again.  The unspeakable violence.  The hardship.  The on-going poverty. Helplessness.  Hopelessness.  But the absolute most difficult part was writing about when I left, and when I realized my precious son was too terrified to leave with me.

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Carol Christie

Carol Christie lived an abusive and polygamous life for close to 40 years and escaped the church cult in 2008. She is determined to put an end to the cult's power and help its survivors, is now happily (and legally) married to John Christie, and lives in Owen Sound, Ontario.