Feb, 2006. For the past five months I have been living in a car at the edge of woods — jobless and homeless and totally unable to find a way out. I can't sing, I can't dance, I can't scream loudly enough, but I can read and write. So here I am laying down tracks...hopefully the start of an online paper trail out of here. (Update: Miracles happen....if you are reading my story I am part of your proof.)

Saturday, May 03, 2008


Saw lovely blue butterflies in flight today. Don't think I've ever seen blue ones before, not like these anyway — small triangles of a bright, summery blue — like little mosaics fallen from a summer sky — fluttering above long green grass at the back of a churchyard. And for a change today the sky was almost the exact same colour. Yesterday's hailstones almost don't make sense. So, for the first time in weeks, I'm just about to take my bike out and hope that if the clouds darken I can cycle faster than them.
Thanks for all your comments...It's great knowing people are still reading and fascinating seeing where you are all from.


At 2:09 pm, Anonymous dellynn said...

Good day to you. :-)

I just love reading your blog. :-)



At 4:11 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i read your book this week and i think your really brave person to come this far now in your life i have had abusive childhood too and have always wanted to right a book myself but dont know how to start maybe you could advise finding it hard to talk about what they did. im nearly 40 and still keep it in with in me keep you smile for us all out there that need it tracy

At 5:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm...blue butterflies they sound beautiful.I've seen quit a few blue ones actually. I hope you've enjoyed watching them. YEH todays weather is fab. i hope it doesn't get cloudy before you go home.
P.S. have a GREAT time.
salima xx

At 8:46 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anya,
I happened to visit the library and picked your book at random. i've already finished reading it....so gripping was your story! i truly admire your courage and tenacity during all the adversity that you faced.All i can say that you are a born fighter.....God bless

At 4:42 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blog is indeed interesting. are u working on another book now or in the near future? Looking forward to it.. you're an impeccable writer. and that's a sincere compliment!

At 5:06 am, Blogger Rosemary said...

I am going to find your book and read it. I have read your blog for quite some time now and nothing made me happier than when you ended up out of the car and into a home for yourself. You are such an inspiring woman. I know that I don't know you, yet, you touched my heart and I wanted you to land on your feet and be happy and safe. Take care, please keep posting, and may God bless you each and every day.

Rosemary, Maryland, USA

At 11:02 am, Anonymous Vanessa said...

Dear Anya; I have just finished your amazing book. You are an inspiration to all human kind. You have touched my heart, mind & spirit. thinking of you.
Vanessa (Australia)

At 3:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just read your book, it did bring back alot of memories for myself some which i cared to blot out others which i can relate to with much feelings, you seem a very strong person & i wish you well for the future best wishes jenny

At 10:25 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anya
I've just bought a second hand bookshop in Pambula, NSW Australia. Out of the 8000 books on the shelves,I found your book and read it today. Thanks for your story...if you are ever here, I would love it if you'd come and have a coffee with me in my little shop:) With kind regards,
Tracy H.

At 5:14 pm, Blogger minksy69 said...

dear anya, i just sat down in the sun and read yur story Abandoned from front to back,i live near brighton and was moved by your life so far,i would just like to say i hope you have good and happy life from now on and if you are passing through give me a shout and me and my family would make you more than welcome as we live just outside in southwick good luck sweetie luv the price family.xx

At 8:28 am, Blogger jeannie said...

Dear Anya, I'm still halfway through your Abandoned and I really couldn't resist the urge of reading your blog. It is such a nice book I have no regrets in buying it. Hope you are still doing well. I really hope so. :)

Jeannie (Malaysia)

At 1:35 am, Anonymous ??? from singapore said...

hi anya,
??? here from singapore.
sorry, cannot reveal my name.
people out there finding me.

i read your books. they were indeed intereting.
cannot stop reading

hope u can lead a peaceful life.

At 1:50 am, Blogger StaceyJenna said...

I bought your book yesterday and have just finished reading it now i stayed up till 2am reading last night i just couldn't put the book down. Just want to say your a truely amazing person an i wish you all the luck in the world. You book makes me appreciate the small thing in life. Stacey New Zealand

At 4:03 pm, Blogger Marion Velasco said...

Hello. I read you blog and (sorry) linked with my my blog: http://empilhamento.blogspot.com Congratulations for your good mood and sensibility.
best wishes from Brasil!

At 9:10 pm, Anonymous amanda said...

hiya Anya i just finished reading your book,i couldnt put it down.i think you are really an inspiration.to those who can related to your book.
Some of the book rang a few bells for me,being in a controlled relationship and its the mental abuse,not pyhsical
maybe one day i have the courage just like you to do something about it

love and light to you.i wish you well in all you do
amanda xx

At 9:50 am, Anonymous tillytom said...

Hi Anya..

A childhood should be carefree knowing that your parents are going to make you safe and feel loved and wanted.

I am so sorry to hear that yours was not the case, but want to congratulate you on coming through the other side.

You have shown great courage and determination when at times it would have been completley understandable for you to just give up.

Good luck with the rest of your life and may it be filled with lots of love and happiness.

Take Care xx

At 10:16 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Scribe

Just finished your book abandoned just have to tell you is moved me to tears at times and i now pray for you every day.

i know you will go from strength to strength.

All the best for the future
a friend

At 11:10 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your story the other day in the Reader's Digest. Congrats to you. Everyone has their own walls to break thru. Some taller or thicker then others. As someone who still comes from a never ending scary roller coaster ride, it good to read about someone who has made it off and able to take on other rides. May you always have the strength for better. Cheers! RLG

At 10:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just finished reading 'Abandoned'... an excellent read! Can't believe I'm actually writing to the author. You are so strong, I pray God will make you stronger each day. You will surely make a difference to people who are still suffering. Life can be so cruel, but you are a clear example of how, by your inner strength can triumph over all the people who abandoned you. Hope you find the friends who can support you and fill your life with happiness and everlasting joy. Peace be with you,

Sarah from Malta, Europe Xxx

At 10:03 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. My name is Xud Zubieta and I am writing from Spain. Firstly, I found your blog and that led me to your book. Initially it was a part of a pdh project for a subject called "Child Abuse" and, currently, I am focusing on "Aspects that contribute to the disclosure of Sexual Abuse by the victim". So, I have found your book extremely interesting and very well written. I appreciate it very much your honesty, your style and the ease with which you seem to evoke the different situations that you have lived. I am curious to know how you are faring in your new life.
I strongly empathyse with some bits of your life story and I also write for a blog on Sexology: http://www.soitu.es/soitu/sexo.html
if you want to visit it and see it. I guess you do not read or write Spanish language.
In any case, I want to thank your for sharing your experiences and letting us see you more clearly. Greetings, Xud :)

At 6:05 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi anya just finished reading your book Abandoned, which i thought was excellent, you have been through so much and i wish you all the happiness that comes, just goes to show people can get out of these things they should never give up hope, all the best for the future xxx

At 2:29 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi i am from the land down under,australia and i finished reading your book,you are so inspirational and brave to make it past the stuff you had to endure,well done anya,keep on fighting,from aussie emily

At 9:33 am, Blogger Beth said...

Dear Anya.
What a wonderful end to your pain... your story.I'm interested to know being Australian if the Australian in the shower at the hospital that day,who offered you her towel has contacted you.Its amazing how so many people came so close to you yet you still hid,you are so strong.I relate to your child abuse but not being abandoned.I relate very much to smothering feeling.If you ever come to Australia please feel free to look me up.All the very best in your life .
With kind regards

At 9:26 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm currently reading your book, I randomly picked it out of the shelf(which I'm glad I picked your book), in the store as i was about to pay for everything, The picture of the sad little girl on the cover caught my eye. It's heart breaking, and sad, I haven't finished it as of yet, I'm at chap 32, I read it on my work breaks and when I'm eating dinner, and in all my time i have free to read it, I wish I could hug you and tell you how proud I am of you, and thats coming from a 19y/o.
I've had it since saturday, my sister took your book and started reading it, and she said its heart breaking when she gave it back, she was right I was in tears, I started reading it wednesday, it's now thursday, so I hope to finish it fri or sat, since i will have alot more time on sat. I hope to see more books from you in the future and i will keep an eye on you blog. I love butterflies, I have a few photos I took of a white one (as i love photography), from an empty block across the road when it was covered in grass and wild flowers because the people that own it hadn't come to cut the grass. But i will drop by again soon of course once I finish your book.

Jackie L

At 7:31 am, Blogger fadedbabyjeans said...

i got glued on yr life story when i read it in feb 08's reader's digest (:

Will definately grab yr book!


At 11:41 am, Blogger Sarah said...

Hi Anya
I have just finished your book. I am sitting in my lounge, with a warm fire burning..(It's cold here in New Zealand!!) I am looking around at my lovely home, my wonderful husband and kids, and have only now realised how lucky I am to have all this, and how I will never again take it for granted. Thank you for opening my eyes.
Sarah ( NZ )

At 3:39 am, Anonymous Christine Burrows said...

I to live in New Zealand have just finished reading your book that I was unable to put down. I hope your life is on the upturn and looking brighter. It is hard to turn things around but I do beleave that for some reason we are put through these things for a reason. So keep smiling and with the your life you have shared with us it may help other people. May God stay watching you. Christine B.

At 4:17 am, Blogger Ms Smack said...

Hi Anya. I bought and read your book in a few days and felt the need to touch base via your blog.

I am currently working in the field of child sexual abuse counselling and I got alot from your book, from a child's point of view.

thanks so much for finding the courage to share your story with us all.


At 12:39 pm, Blogger kt said...

I have just finished reading your book, it was a great read. I found it harrowing, yet heartwarming to find that you managed to get through the dark times.....

At 2:19 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anya, If my children grow up with half the courage and inspiration as you then I will be extremely happy.....God Bless xxx

At 9:29 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

from Sarah in Worthing,England

Anya, I have just finished reading your book after just two days, I never thought I would read it all but once I started I could not put it down.I hope that your live is now together and fulfilled and that somehow you have some sense of peace and understanding. The only thing I find hard to understand in your book was how you manage to forgive so easily especially your father, who should always be there to protect and support his little girl. I look now at my own three children and would go to any lengths to keep them warm and safe. Good luck and I will keep upddated with your blog

At 6:05 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read ur book in 2 days...was unable to put it down.

I'm so proud of you for coming this far!!

May you life be filled with an abundance of good health, love, happiness, laughter and success.

Cape Town, South Africa

At 7:48 pm, Blogger Lydia said...

Anya..i've just finished reading your book,and felt compelled to leave you a message.First time for me reading a blog,or doing anything like this for that matter.I'm absolutely speachless.I can't figure out your age,but I think you may be younger than me(39).I think you're a true inspiration,and a very special person who is truly courageous.You deserve all the luck in the world, and I do believe your angels are watching over you!I look forward to reading more of your blog, and wish you lots of happiness in the future. Lydia (South Wales)-where you almost ventured to!!!

At 7:58 pm, Anonymous Helen said...

Hi Anya,

I just read about your story in the reader digest some moments ago. I have to say that I am very blessed by your story. Your attitude towards life really encouraged me to fight on regardless of how tough life seem to be. I saw your website at the end of your article and I just could'nt wait to pop in your blog and see. Wow looks like I am another person added to the thousands and thousands of people who have read your blog!

As I read through the many posts you have put up..haha i think they are so "theraputic" to the heart..You really inspires me! I think I should fight in life like the way you did..always knowing and believing that somehow there is a light at the end of every tunnel. If you can do it, I know I can do it too haha

Thank you so much for being so courageous in sharing your story with us.

Please continue to write more and more!!

Helen from Singapore

At 12:57 am, Blogger Miss Sammy said...

Dear Anya . .
I look up and read all the love and support you have recieved thru all these comments , I just wish you had all this love and support thru out your entire childhood/life.
You are an amazing person, you truely are.I am a 23yr old mother of twins and your book has opened my eyes up to so much but you have also made me believe to have fate and will in everything. You deserve every bit of happiness xox
much much MUCH love <3 xox Always thinking about you! - xox Sammy xox

At 12:44 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anya,

I bought your book last week and finished it last night. I read probably the last quarter of it as I just couldn't put it down.....I was just willing you to be ok. I then promised myself that I would check out your blog (my first ever) this morning to see how you are progressing.

I have read a few books written by people who have experienced similar childhoods to yourself and am amazed that you have managed to push yourself through it. I had a fabulous childhood although one of my parents did develop an addition to prescription medication in my early teens which threw our family unit into complete disarray....absolutely nothing compared to the horror and abuse that you suffered, however it still affects me.

I didn't think I could be so proud of someone I didn't know. Best of luck.


At 3:37 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Anya, i have just finished reading your truly amazing and inspiring book Abandoned. Your story moved me to tears as i read it within days cause i just couldn't put it down. You should be proud of yourself for overcoming the obstacles in your life and i truly hope that from here on in that you live a very happy life, because you deserve it girl. I enjoy reading true stories and this is one that has moved me to the point of realising how lucky i am, as i never went through any child abuse but i was in a domestic violence relationship for many years. I found the strength through close friends to remove myself and my loving daughter and son out of that situation. Since doing so a few years ago my life has changed and we are very happy now. Good luck in the future Anya and i do hope that you write another book as i will be one of the first to buy it. Regards Sue (Australia)

At 9:36 am, Blogger angie said...

hi there! I read your story in my local copy of the Reader's Digest (Feb 2008). *wow* You are one strong woman. Kudos to you. Keep up the faith. Have a great day! God bless you

-Angeline from Malaysia

At 10:54 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anya

I came across your blog ages ago and asked to be bought your book for my birthday in August last year ... you went kinda quiet around that time and so I didn't visit much but now I see you are back on line ... so to speak. Glad to see you ...

I read your book and found it heart rending - I have lent it to others who felt the same ... I'm just so pleased you were able to put it all together again and come out the other side.

Hope you are enjoying as much sun as we have had in the West of Scotland the last few weeks ....


At 10:49 am, Anonymous trixan1951 said...

I just wan´t to say GOOD LUCK with your life. Your book was amasing to read.

At 7:26 pm, Blogger chezabella said...

Hiya Anya,
I bought your book on Sunday and I have just finished reading it. Like the others who have read it parts of it brought me to tears and I had to put the book down, but then I needed to know how you got out of the dreadful situations that you have been in.
I hope your book also helps others who are out there to get help. I wish you all the very best in all you do.x Keep your chin up.
Cheryl from Leeds West Yorks. England.xx

At 11:34 am, Blogger shell18 said...

Hiya Anya
Ive just finished your book it was a true inspiration and if everyone had the courage and determination you had the world would be a better place!
I hope u have finally found the happiness you deserve good luck and best wishes for each day and whatever life brings

At 12:20 pm, Anonymous Karen said...

Hi Anya,
Ive just finished reading your book this morning, I was gripped from the start, and like everyone else, unable to put it down... Hoping and praying for you that the outcome would be a happy ending for you!

You wrote your book in such a way that I felt I was there standing besides you FEELING your emotional pain... alongside that 'little Anya'
I have been thorugh my own cruel childhood, and to sum up the feelings of it in one word, would be 'abandoned' I have often thought about writing my own book, healing for the soul perhaps, but am too afraid to do so whilst my family members are alive, for fear of crushing their feelings. I too tried to remain 'invisible' to protect myself from the emotional pain.. I am now 36 years old, and been carrying it for the last 29years, no one really knowing the 'real me'.
I am now a mother of a 16year old child, and vowed to never let my child feel like that, he is a wonderful person and brings so much pride to my heart it could burst! Unconditional mothers love,as it should be! (he too was abandoned by his father and members of his fathers family, but he has turned out to be a well balanced, mature young man with a heart of gold!*big smile*)

Your book, and other abuse sufferers books, give me hope and light at the end of the tunnel, it is mentally hard work to keep pretending that 'everything is okay' to everyone on the outside of you.(and yes, I ended up very ill with the stress of it all too!)
I wish I could of known you all those years ago, I would of hugged that person that so badly needed to know she was cared about and so lost in an adults world of arrogance and naivity!

Thankyou Anya, for sharing your story with such honesty and understanding. You have made amazing progress with yourself from being the enclosed person you once were, to baring all in your book, well done! Im proud of YOU.
I hope life treats you kindly now x

At 1:21 am, Anonymous saishin said...

butterflies.. i love them.. but it's sad that i can't see them nowadays. especially in the city..
anyway, i love your blog. and your story as well.. i've read it in reader's digest.


At 12:25 pm, Anonymous Cris said...

hi there, i have just finished your book an i can honestly say it is the best book i have ever read, i just cant believe 1 person can have so much bad luck !!i cant even put it into word how much i feel for you no-one should have to go through that! as a kid we never had much money but i always had a roof over my head an i was loved, now im 22 married with two lovely kids an your book has made me realise that you shouldnt take things for granted. I just hope that one day you find a loving family because no-one deserves it more than you, if you ever want to talk or just another friend you can get me on this crismarshall@msn.com xxxxxxxx

At 12:55 pm, Blogger Fejay Conson said...

ive been looking for your book in the nearest bookstores but fail to avail one. I feel so sorry about it, bit im really tryng to have a copy. anyway, u have read a part of youre story in Readers Digest and they, indeed, reveal a very amazing story from you. . . . . If it isnt with you, I cant make my own blog. . . Thanks a lot;///////////// IL let you as soon as I Can grab a copy of youre book........... hve a happy life anya,............... Fan

At 1:33 pm, Anonymous Ruth said...

Hi anya
I read your book i was so touched by it because my chilren was abused by their dad and your book gave me an insite to what the had suffered. Gos Bless you and hope you fins a happy future

At 1:47 pm, Anonymous Dhamu said...

hey there!
u must have heard this a million times but...I just read ure book :)
I love the way you wright...and I´m looking forward to hear more about you. maybe through a second book??
well....I hope so..

thinking of u:

Dhamu (kathmandu, Nepal)

At 3:15 pm, Anonymous Francesca said...

Hi Anya, I happened to pick up your book whilst at my friends nans house and i couldnt put it down.. I borrowed it and read it in days. Your story touched me like nothing before, despite everything, you stayed strong and came through to tell your story. You have inspired me never to give up when times are hard. Thank you Anya and well done! Stay Strong xx

At 8:05 am, Anonymous marya said...

Dear Anya,
I read your story The nights I spent in my car in the readers digest I was shocked that this could happen to anyone living in a developed country.
I must say you are very courageous..
and wish you happiness in life.
Karachi, Pakistan

At 5:04 pm, Anonymous anicatenshi said...

Hellos, I chanced upon your story when I was reading th Reader's Digest afew months ago, Feb I think. Anyways, I think your' really brave&strong for a woman. Im glad you dont have t suffer anymore. I plan t buy your book soon. And all th best t you. Some of us are luckier than we thought we are. Hope you will have a greater&brighter future ahead of you =)

anicatensh; Singapore.

At 3:27 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anya,
I've just finished your book last night.It was very late and I was tired but I simply could not put the book down and I forced my eyes wide open to finish it.I even brought the book to work to read it on my breaks and when it was quiet enough to read when I was still on duty :) It was such a moving and heart-breaking biography.I kept shaking my head in disbelief.It sort of reminded me of the book "A child called it" by Dave Pelzer I finished reading a while ago.It was his first book in a series.The other 2 that followed were "The lost boy" and "The man named Dave".I bought both his books and yours back in New Zealand where I spent the last 6 years living in.I came back to Hong Kong(where I was born and raised) in Sept 2007 because of an abusive relationship,like yours.I didn't want to leave because it was where I felt like home but I had no choice...I HAD TO leave...It was my family where I felt I could turn to so I went back to Hong Kong to start a new life...I'm thinking about starting my own blog so that you could read my story.Yours is truly inspiring.You are such a brave and strong woman!I hope that you are living a happier life now..Thinking of you xoxoxo

Mandy (Hong Kong)

At 1:47 pm, Anonymous emma said...

hi anya, im emma. i have just this second finished your book. all i can say is wow! i think you truly are an inspiration to us all. you should be proud of yourself!
bye for now!!!

At 12:27 pm, Blogger Jodi said...

Hello Anya,

I have just finished reading your story, I was glad to read that you were able to pull yourself through what you went through.

I hope you are doing well :)
Cant wait to hear how you are doing now.

Cheers Jodi from Sydney, Australia

At 7:11 am, Anonymous samantha howitt said...

hi im sam, i'v just finished reading your boo and think that you are a truly amazing person.
telling people what you have ben though will give others the strenth to change there lives hope things just keep getting better for you sam x

At 9:28 am, Blogger Joana said...

Hey Anya.

I come from Portugal and I read your book!

I love it. It is a life story and I fell so impress with you force! You´re a wonderful women!
Congratulations and good luck for your life.

You will be happy forever because you deserve, really!



At 6:25 pm, Blogger Isamir said...

Hi Anya! My name is Marta and i am from Portugal. I didn´t know anything about your history since a few days when i saw your book in the stores. Well, i bought it and i just finished it today. I loved it and i loved the way how you survived all in your life. You´re amazing, Anya, an amazing Human Been, never forget that. Sorry for the mistakes and luck, very luck for the the future!!

At 12:21 am, Blogger About our blog said...

My name is Michelle and I am from Melbourne, Australia. I have been up until 4am this morning as I started your book and couldn't put it down.
Thank-you, it was wonderful!

At 12:59 pm, Anonymous Alson Harding said...

Dear Anya

I have just finished reading your book, it was truly eye opening.

I bought it from a voluntary book shop in Maidstone Hospital a few weeks ago and haven't been able to put it down. I really wish i had paid more than the 50p that i did.

Despite everything you have shone, i don't need to say that i hope everything goes well from here because i get the feeling it will! Having had a rough few years myself you have finally helped me (along my lovely new man!!!) to realise that life goes on and is positive despite what it throws in your way.

I am really looking formward to discovering your blogs.

All the very best for the future.
Ali H from Leicester xxx

At 6:32 am, Anonymous Mary said...

hi there,
just finished reading your book, you were so brave! gosh! it was a great inspiration! will be passing it around^^ looking forward if there is a second book!=)
God Bless


At 12:45 pm, Blogger Jayselle said...

oh heii....just read about u from Reader's Digest....inspiration^.^

At 5:14 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anya,
Congratulations you areon the up and up. I have just finished reading your book - you write so well. I hope you can make meaninful contact with both Mummy and Kathy again.

Barbara (New Zealand)

At 9:46 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog, your book, your history.. You have winner every days, because GOD it looks at for you. I live in Portugal, i'm portuguese and when say for your book I didn't think two times and I bought it... You had much force to surpass everything what you passed and for this you these of congratulations. :)
Never you give up, because GOD it will iluminate you. Be happy, because you deserve.. You are not alone, because somebody always exists that it looks at for you and despite you feel yourself sad, the world could be looser when you fights for you and for that they love you. You never give up your dreams and your past embeds it to start of new, as your book says it. kiss*

At 2:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anya...
I'm portuguese and I read your book and I liked very much.
Your story is very interesting...Maybe through a second book?
Well, GOOD LUCK for you...=D
A portuguese fan

At 6:17 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fantastic book! All the best, Vivienne from new Zealand

At 12:26 pm, Anonymous Diana said...

Hi WS! This month I was in a libraby and I liked the name of your book and I brought it with me. I barely imagin the feelings and modifications that it will bring to me and from my way of living.
The book leave me so far away, to a world so real and, at the same time, so far away- from our eyes. I read it in just two days. I was absorved by the story, I just couldn't stop thinking about you.
During the reading, when you describe the moments of violence my heart just started to bit so fast. It was like I was living the moment, like I was there too.
It was the best book I've ever read. I just falled in love. Keep us in touch ;)
Diana (Portugal)

At 10:33 am, Anonymous Donna, Northampton UK said...

ive just finished reading your book, you must be a very strong willed person inside to have come out the other side, of which is an inspiration to you, and shows others going through the same ordeals that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I hope you go on to bigger and better things.
A Truly Remarkable Lady

At 11:43 am, Blogger jie kai said...

heys. know that i'm abit slow but just finshed reading your book. its simply inspirational. probably the definition of "courage" can only be found in your book. =))

hopefully your life is as beautiful as those blue butterflies now.

shaun from singapore

At 1:38 pm, Blogger kii said...

a few months ago your book "Abandoned" was published in my country, Portugal (translated "Abandonada".
I just wanna say that I really loved your book and it truly inspired me. I'm only 15 but I felt inspired for your strenght to move on. So after I read your book I thought to myself: "Why not say something to her blog?" and here I am! ;D
I wish to you all the luck you can get! Be happy!
well..kisses and hope you answer (i'm sorry for any error in my message but it would be much more easier if you talk portuguese :b)

At 10:26 pm, Blogger telena_35 said...

Anya Hello, I'm Martha of Sinaloa, Mexico, I have just read your story in the magazine selections raders digest, the truth impressed me a lot, and I congratulate you for your courage and your courage to try to get ahead. On the other hand I feel much what you did in your childhood, but I think that was what prompted you to succeed and you managed to draw women so wonderful that inside you, forgive my translation of the text, what happens is that I wrote in Spanish and translated into English on the Internet because I do not speak that language, I hope to be your friend and we communicate the same way ...

At 12:31 pm, Anonymous Sammii said...


I've just read your book from cover to cover, it was truely inspirational and it has opened my eyes that life is worth living and if you can do it there is no reason why i can't. I now have the strength and will to actually live and not just exist. thank you.


At 11:04 pm, Anonymous Barbara said...

I love butterflies. They always make me smile and show/give me the feeling of freedom and happiness. They remind me that there are still wonderful things in life :)

At 5:08 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

acabo de leer tu historia en un libro de selecciones de readers digest en mexico
me conmovio tu historia el como supiste sobrellevar tu vida viviendo en un coche
pero ya ves que no estamos solos en el mundo siempre estamos rodeados de gente buena
bueno hasta la proxima
estare por aqui mas seguido
cuidate bay y mucho gusto

At 12:56 am, Anonymous rodrigo from mexico said...

hey girl!! i just wanna say that before today i didn't know anything about you, but today i've just read in Reader's Digest your interesting story and all that happened to you. There was the name of your blog and i decided to see what this is all about.. i hope i have time enough to read the wonderful things you write and all i can say (write) to you is that you are the best example of fight and resistance against all the bad stuff that is in our way:: i really wish you the best...

rodrigo (mexico)

At 1:50 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Anya,

I read your story in a monthly magazine, which is well known, which is called Reader's Digest, I found very interesting the title so I started to read and really touched me a lot.

I see you very courageous because a person does not have anything due to be very difficult for you, but thank God everything went well.

We wish him well and will command many congratulations, you're really big.
Greetings from Mexico.

Karla Gabriela Martínez.

PS: Excuse me my bad English.

At 9:22 pm, Anonymous Mar said...

I am portuguese and i'm writing because I read your book. When I finished and knew of your blog I soon came to see it and I had to comment.
I think you're very brave and I really admire you.
Well I hope you have a great life because you deserve it.


At 10:53 am, Blogger Maria C.O. said...

Hey Anya,

Like so many have already said, I've just finished reading your book.
Thank you, for letting the world know that terrible things don't happen only to others and that, when they happen to us, it is possible to overcome them. Thank you, for telling your story. I can only imagine what it must have costed you to write about everything that has happened to you, specially when you lived you're whole life keeping it all to yourself, not beeing able to show anybody how you really felt, what was happening to you. You probably helped a lot of people, letting them know that they're not alone. Thank you, also, for showing the world that hopeless people are, in fact, PEOPLE who are not necessarily drug addicts, alcoholics or thieves...

Best wishes,
Maria (Portugal)

At 11:52 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heyyy there ! (;

Mother Teresa once said that loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the biggest poverty, to this Adeline Yen Mah added,"Please believe that one single positive dream, is more important than a thousand negative realities."

i always took things for granted,& have never come to realise that there are actually people suffering out there, abandoned, homeless etc, and here am i living in a material world.

in class today, i came across an article about you, featured in the Reader's Digest magazine, then it struck me because i just couldn't accept the fact of someone living in a car for 9 months, with such strong personality and who lives with a hope that someday she'll be able to live out her dreams.

Your life has a meaning;
If God says you can, you can (:

At 7:58 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi ! I am from Finland and i read your story....it was so sad life story.Thank you....your story open my eyes and i get my will to live back...I am not lonely now.I hope the best life to YOU !!
Best wishws,
Marjatta (finland)

At 11:15 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I am not sure what to do here as i have never done this before and not sure if I should call you Anya or Wanderingscribe as I feel I kinda know you which is mad as I dont! I just wanted to say that I read your book and I found it well I am not sure for the right words here so please forgive me, it was inspirational and very brave, and I hope that life has got better for you since writing it, writing down thoughts and feelings is what I do sometimes to cope and to put things into context. I have never been subjected to what you were as in being homeless but i did suffer from abuse but it has taken 22 years (I am 28) to be able to face the horrors of my childhood as I completley shut them away never to look at again, however due to life circumstances I realised I could not live the rest of my life like this so I had to look at those memories to be able to see why I became who I became, I was amazed how you never turned to drink or drugs that was my escape route. I have just started on my journey after unlocking secrets from the past. Reading your book has given me hope and has made me seen that although my situation was bad and awful someone else had it tougher not that is something that I wish upon you but it just puts it all in perspective i am rabbling on and not making much sense but all I wanted to say was Thank you for writing your book.

At 11:57 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just closed your book...Thanks!!!

I wish you all the best!


At 10:00 pm, Blogger sofia said...

Your book is one of the bests that i ever read..it´s amazing the reality of you writting!! Just loved it :D

At 10:05 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved your book!!!:D
best wishes and good luck


At 12:47 am, Anonymous ana laura said...

hI!! I HAVEN`T READ your book yet , but i read your history in a magazine, i hope you`r life is going better!!!! ..

take care ... and smile

At 8:49 am, Anonymous Iku. said...

I read your story about Finnish Reader's digest just now... I don't know what to say! I'm just 16 years old, but it was really impressive. Sorry, I can't tell how I feel, because my English is not so good..But.. All good for you <3


At 8:32 pm, Anonymous Clara said...

I finish your book yesterday and I loved it.
It only took me a few days to do it.
The best of luck!

(Oporto, Portugal)

At 9:25 am, Blogger MUHD ISMAIL said...

Hi Anya,
let me introduce myself first....my name is muhd ismail,i'am 16 years old tis year,n i leave in singapore....After i read your book i felt in love with your book....i felt very sry 4 wat have happen 2 u when r young...i think tat if i were in your shoe,i will choose 2 end my life,as it was a much easier way...u r a very strong n brave person...i hope tat u will continue on fighting...btw how r u now?? i hope u doing find....

Take care,
muhd ismail....


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