Jennie Helderman is a woman to be hugely commended. Not only was she the first girl page in the Alabama State Legislature, she has made a huge contibution to helping out abused woman, by setting up her community’s first shelter for victims of domestic abuse. In addition, Ms. Helderman has worked with women’s issues and leadership, community development, public relations and communications, beginning in Gadsden, Alabama, and reaching to national levels. She has been a strong champion of women’s and children’s issues and additionally has worked with child abuse victims. Beginning in 2000 up until her term expired in 2006, Jennie Helderman presided over the six-member board of the Alabama Department of Human Resources, which serves 520,000 clients each month and oversees all family abuse issues in the state.
Ms. Helderman, a 2007 Pushcart Prize nominee, has co-authored two nonfiction books, Christmas Trivia and Hanukkah Trivia, in addition she also writes profiles for magazines. Previously Ms. Helerman chaired the editorial board of the 120,000 circulation alumnae magazine of Kappa Kappa Gamma, The Key.
Jennie Helderman resides in Atlanta with her husband, a retired newspaper publisher. She is the mother of two and grandmother of three wonderful children. At present time, Ms. Helderman is busy promoting her newest release, a wonderful non-fiction narrative titled, As the Sycamore Grows.
You can learn more about Jennie Helderman and her work at her website: http://www.jenniehelderman.com/
Please tell us a bit about your book: As the Sycamore Grows - characters, plot, etc.
Imagine Foxfire living while Sleeping with the Enemy in the hills of Tennessee when the enemy totes a Bible and packs a .38. Mike shoved and slapped but his primary tools were isolation and economic abuse. Until he discovered the power of the Lord and another way to control Ginger.
As the Sycamore Grows is a nonfiction narrative about ending the legacy of abuse. Ginger McNeil was brought up to pray and obey, but she escaped the padlocked cabin in the woods where she lived off the land with no electricity or telephone. Today she’s a court advocate in the domestic court system. A briefcase-carrying professional woman.
Her husband Mike admits the abuse, holds no remorse and would do it all again. God made women to serve, he says. It’s their job.