ABOUT MY WHISPERS OF HORROR
Women search for happiness no matter where they live. They want to build a life, family, career in order to insure a wholesome future. But in much of the world the patriarchal cultures women are born into simply nip at a woman’s potential and brutally guards the slave-like position that women occupy.
Women struggle as they are bought and sold as property. Their inheritance of an unequal and corrupt system that works against them. All while being enforced by domestic violence which women must deal with alone.
These issues, and so much more, are addressed by the voices of real women in ex-USSR nations. We included anonymous letters that will touch and terrify you on a personal level, while learning what women still have to deal with today.
Could you please tell us a little about your book?
My Whispers of Horror is a collection of real letters from women in Ukraine and Russia where they explain their real life experiences in human trafficking with forced prostitution by police or foreign organizations, domestic violence, being a lesbian in Russia, child abuse, corruption in the system, and so on. It has twenty letters in total, along with two letters from Olga Brine and Chris Brine where they explain the situation within those countries.
These letters were translated from their original Ukrainian and Russian to English. We had done our best to, while making them readable, preserve the original voice.
Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?
When I, Chris Brine, had met my wife Olga Brine she had begun to explain the situation for women in that part of the world. Over time it had motivated us to tell people what is going on. It is very concerning on what people have to go through over there, and what women especially still have to experience to this day.
Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
While the initial motivation was my wife, it had transformed into helping women as a whole. Which has also evolved since then to something bigger as one can see with the establishment of Brine Books Publishing. We wanted to help motivate real change there and help bring to an end domestic violence and human trafficking, so that women are no longer treated less than a man.
I will tell you a little story of one event that helped trigger us to work even harder on this. When we were searching for a non-profit to support, we ran into one that was meant to help victims of domestic violence in Russia. One of the people running the place had told us that he believed that equality for women was inherently evil. We were absolutely shocked when we learned this! And furthermore, eventually learned that they were motivating women to stay in their abusive marriages. It is sad that so much of the world is still like this…
What cause are you most passionate about and why?
In general, the improvement of human rights. Our primary mission at Brine Books Publishing is to raise awareness and funds, through our book publishing efforts, for human rights issues around the world. What got us started with this is women’s rights, but we also strongly support equality for the LGBT and all others. We all deserve the same no matter the skin color, ideology, gender, sexual preference, nationality, or anything else.
In the last year have you learned or improved on any skills?
We are constantly improving! Brine Books Publishing is still in its infancy, but we are going strong and already looking at different imprints and expansion. No matter the ups and downs we may face we refuse to give up on our goals of establishing our activist publishing house in order to help the human rights situation in the world.
What is the most important thing in your life right now?
Well I wouldn’t call her a “thing”! My wife is by far the most important one in my life. But besides her and family, it is the advancement of the publishing house. We believe that we can do real good with the written world and the funds that we hope to raise. We just can’t give up on it.
What are you currently working on?
We are already working on our next book. This one will be a collection of short stories and poems from other authors and it will be mainly what we will publish, but we hope to eventually do more projects like this one where we can bring our readers and followers more true stories on the important issues. While we do not have a tentative date at the moment, as it depends on our submissions, the hopes are to publish this anthology in early 2014.
Do you have any advice for writers?
Don’t give up on what you do. Keep working on your craft and learn new ways of bringing your work to readers. Some books take time to gain an audience.
What are some of your long term goals?
To completely establish our publishing house with multiple imprints that help in raising funds for the human rights element of it. We hope to also establish a working relationship with multiple writers over time as well, and bring their works forward to all readers out there.
What do you feel has been your greatest achievement as an author?
Our greatest achievement is yet to come, but so far it is the creation of My Whispers of Horror. I’m proud of what we had done together as it had taken a considerable amount of work to put this together. I’m sure that we will have many other great accomplishments in the future.
What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?
This book will not only help you to understand what it is like living within those cultures, but it will give you a personal attachment due to the way these women express their raw emotions about their true experiences. These letters were translated from their original Russian and Ukrainian languages, and submitted to us by women that actually experienced the oppressive violence of their families, human trafficking, and so much more. You can actually feel their pain while reading what these brave women have to say.
We are an activist publishing company established as a partnership by a husband and wife in Ontario, Canada. The mission of this business is bring awareness for serious human rights issues around the world, while raising funds to expand our capabilities and to help fund non-profits and charities whose purpose is to better the world.
Our main purpose as a company is to find ways to better the world. We feel that if we fail in this mission then we fail as a business, so we will not give up on our goal. The release of our books and the profits that we raise are meant for this very purpose.
View their site at http://brinebooks.com
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