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.)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hasta la vista...

Time has just flown. My book was published in Portugal last week and there was also an interview in Reader's Digest in Mexico! How bizarre is that?
Can't believe it is the last day of July tomorrow....Every time I go to write in this blog I always find myself waiting for something 'better' to write about - though if anyone knows by now that the extraordinary is usually there in the ordinary, then it should be me. Time has got the better of me again for now though... I promise I'll update this blog with news soon....But for now I am still working hard and trying to keep on track...and enjoying the sun when it makes an appearance.


At 1:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved your book!!!I couldn�t stop reading...it�s amazing!! You are very special and i hope life smiles to you :D

Best wishes from
Portugal :D

At 3:51 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. I read the article in Reader's Digest of México(Selecciones) about you, and I can'n believe it. All of us have some troubles, but the most are too much weak to properly confront it, specialy if alone, that by your courage is remakable.
Do you know the story about the uruguayan people who fall in the Andes (1972) and survive by eating human flesh? (look http://www.viven.com.uy/571/Eng/default.asp). Well, one of them, Carlitos Páez, says "the force is in the group". And yow were alone...
I read your blog today,and know, obviously, about your interview and the publication of your book in Portugal. The biggest congratulations. If despite of your work you can, write me.
Good luck!!!
Sorry, my english is two things:
a) american style
and b) too poor

At 6:59 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Anya. I'm from Portugal. Today I read the last page of your book. It was a amazing Book.

At 9:06 pm, Anonymous Ceci* said...

Hi Anya! I'm from Mexico, I've just read the article about you in Reader's Digest and I'm proud that you've gone ahead after having gone through so much.

At 6:12 am, Blogger mariahsj said...

Ive been waiting for your writing, it seems a long time ago. Glad you are back and well. Cant hardly wait for you next write up. All the best to you.

At 9:30 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anya your book has made it to new zealand and your story into my heart. take care out there

At 11:25 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello "Anya",
My name is Ana and i'm a portuguese girl with 36 years. I have a daughter with 20 months.
I buyed your book last week and I've already read it in one night. I'm really sorry for all the things that happened to you.
I think you need to be strong, and have hope, I think tomorrow will be another day, isnt't it?
I hope everything is ok with you now!!! Kisses from Ana

At 3:14 pm, Anonymous Rute Gomes said...

Hello "Anya", I'm from Portugal,Porto!!!
My name is Rute and i'm a portuguese girl with 20 years.
I buyed your book last sunday and last night I read the last page of your book. I have proud on you!!!
You need have hope like you always had!!!

Kisses from Rute, your young fan

At 4:04 pm, Blogger Salix Tree said...

Hi, I just noticed you have comments on now. I had read your blog many months ago, while you were still in your car. I had wanted to write to you and let you know you were in my thoughts, and hoped you would get out of your situation soon. I was so happy for you when you got your book deal! I admired you for seeing the beauty in life even in the worst of times, I remember you writing about the tiny blue flower, (was it a speedwell flower?), and how you saw beauty in the nearby forest. The part about angels watching over you and the car was an amazing vision.
Anyway, cheers from Ireland, and wishing you well in life, and I'm glad I can finally write you a little note.

At 8:09 am, Anonymous zuKa said...

Lei tu articulo en selecciones ...
nomas te escribo para felicitarte al ser muy fuerte. Aqui mi blog, saludos

At 11:58 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anya, just wanted you to know your book has found its way down under to New Zealand. I couldn't put it down and have so many questions. I am sending you my best wishes for a brighter future after a struggle in your past. god bless you.

At 12:28 pm, Blogger haryhanne said...

Hi Anya I'm glad to read that your book has been published in Portugal, maybe that will open a door to help other victims of child abuse like us, to come forward and tell the world their story

At 2:59 pm, Blogger Greentea said...

Hello, my name is Laura and I read about you in one Finnish magazine. Your story touched me and I came to visit your blog. I decided to go to library and read your book :D I wish everything good for you and Im happy you are doing good with your life now. :D

At 6:16 pm, Anonymous Sara said...

I just read your book and I can simply say that loved!
It greatly admire everything by now, by their power and courage.
his book is a hope!
Read embrace as a friend to a look of distance touched me greatly in all aspects,made me love my life just by what it is.

Best wishes

Kiss from Sara

P.s.-You are a great woman and u go far.

At 4:21 am, Blogger Naty said...

Greetings from costa rica. your story is really amazing, I found it out just today reading The Reader´s Digest from Mexico ("Selecciones").

At 1:18 pm, Blogger joana said...

Hello Anya,

yesterday i finished your book and i loved it..your story impressed me because your strenght and your determination and that´s why i just want to congratulate you.

best luck

kisses from Portugal

At 1:52 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am from Mexico. Your history is really inspirational :)
Please tell me if your book will be published in Spanish.
If dont, where I can get it?
You are like a light on the way...

At 11:46 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I am Mexican, I read about you in readers digest, you had a bad experience but that opened you the door to new things and that you never imagined, in Mexico we always say after the storm it always leaves the sun, I wish you the best thing, my best desires for you, hopefully your experience can help other people, and let us be but humanitarian with the other ones

At 9:51 am, Blogger Mónica said...

Hi! I just finished your book yeasterday and it was amazing. I'm also from Portugal :)

At 4:52 pm, Blogger Krista said...

I read yours story last week.. and ja cry, but i happy know. Amazing story and so so moving. You are so hard!!!

Best whishes Krista from Finland

At 5:28 pm, Anonymous Célia said...

Hi!!!!I'm from Portugal.
I read your book and I loved it.
I admire you courage. Good luck :)

At 2:09 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hellO. I'm mexiacan and I'm 13 years Old. I saw about you in selecciones. I think you're a special person and I hope God bless you.
I want your book will be published in spanish. I'd the firsh person in buy it.
Oh and remember, in mexico you have a great family and it like you very much.
that's all for now, bye and I hope God bless you.

At 3:29 am, Anonymous nanci said...

It's nice to see you post again. =) It's always interesting to read your entries.You have the gift of words. Thanks for sharing it. I read your story in Reader's Digest Asia. It's very inspiring! God bless!

At 12:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi anya, i´m from portugal, i have no words to say what i felt when i read your book... i´m a psychotherapist and i have learn a lot from your life story to my practice in every day. i think you have a very powerfull energie inside you, so try always to trust in that. i know that life will smile for you very soon.

Keep brave,

Ana Isabel

At 7:10 pm, Blogger Attilio said...

I just read your story ina amagazine (Selecciones Reader´s Digests) and I jus can say it´s amazing. And I hope to read your book someday, I live in El Salvador ..a small country in Central America and reading about your story in that part of the world is very intersting..but more to learn that people fight, learn and never give up.
I reaaly enjoy reading, even when it was hard for you, but those things made you stronger. Everybody can feel it.
I hava a blog in spanish and write about anything, mybe someday you read it.
So..don´t think aout wrtitng something better..JUST WRITE and live!.

At 7:43 pm, Anonymous Pilar said...

Hi!!! I'm from Mexico, Monterrey specifically... well... I read your story (like many people have by now) in the Reader's Digest.
I'm happy to see you moved on from that awful experience and now you tell your story to inspire others to do the same. Have the best day now!

Love from Mty,
Pilar Hdz

At 8:53 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anya,

My name is Donna and I live in New Zealand. I was so deeply touched by your story.

I kept thinking that I wished I had of met you so I could have been a good friend to you.

Life works in mysterious ways. I hope that everything continues to work out for you.


At 3:20 pm, Blogger lethalverses said...

hello anya,

I'm Sherwin from the Philippines and I read your story from the Reader's Digest...

I was actually surprised, and happy, to know that you're also in blogspot.

you inspired me to write a poem for you, I will advise you when I posted the same on my blog.

Mabuhay ka, kaibigan!

At 6:19 pm, Anonymous Ruth said...

Hi! soy mexicana, y lei tu articulo en reader´s digest.
en verdad tu historia es inspiradora, te felicito por tu valor, que a muchas nos hace falta.
espero que llegue tu libro pronto a México
un abrazo!!

At 1:16 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, anya..i read about your days in your car from reader's digest. i got the link to your blog from there too...your story is an inspiration and im happy that you don't have to live in your car anymore.take care ang God bless..^^

At 3:48 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anya, You are a true inspiration to us all!!! Now whenever I think my life is hard all I have to think about is your book and you.
Take care and I hope the rest of your life is very happy.

From a wellwisher in New Zealand.

At 9:51 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anya, I'm Ana from Portugal. I read your book one month ago. It was amazing!!! I recomended to all my friends. I really hope you will write again! You are so brave, and inteligent! I was inspired by you, and I'm also beggining to write my own "book of life". Don't go away please, and keep on wiht the great talent you have in writing! Hope to hear from you soon!!! Wishing you the best, "Anya"!

At 10:18 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished reading your book and i could not put it down. Good luck in whatever you do u deserve it you have proved that there is always a way out no matter what life throws at you it has made realise how lucky i am and not t take anything for granted you are truely inspirational xoxoxoxoxo
Tasha in Brighton

At 5:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was reading your story, it was in flier here in Finland, i can't even say in words what it was! I remember that forever! You are so brave. I must say... wow!

Peace and love for you!

At 5:37 am, Blogger Clau said...

I just read your story on Reader's Digest Mexico, It's great how you pull through. Hopefully everything is going better for you now. I just wanted to congratulate you on finally having the courage to come clean to friends and family, I know how difficult it is.
Hoping the best for you,

At 5:27 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

today i´ve finished reading your book.i cant discribe how i felt reading it.
i´m 22 years old and like you i also have a sad story to tell but im not like you i dont have the corage :(
i hope life continue similing for you

At 9:54 pm, Blogger Just teejay said...

It's always good to hear your news as and when, it's good to know that life seems to be being going ok for you.Back in the days when you where living in your car I prayed for you lots and followed your blog closely,follow it as closly as time allows now but always interested in seeing your updates.You keep taking real good care of you as you are a star

At 10:28 am, Blogger jofi94_kikyo said...

Hii !! Im from singapore, a normal 14 yr old kid. I just read your book in the morning today. Got it from my friend who borrowed it from the library.
It was nice and kind of sad and happy at the end. And somehow, i just sorta cried after reading it. I dont really cry reading books or watching soaps. I think it was the part where the hospital canteen staff gave you discounts for the food.

Hope you can write more books !!!
Maybe a happy one about your present now?

At 2:58 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just finished reading your book,last night. I have no words to tell you how bad i felt sharing your worst moments... and how happy i felt knowing you're alive again! and happy! and, must of all, SAVE!
I wish you the best life can give.
Cláudia, Portugal

At 5:29 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, Anya, I am writing from Coahuila, Mexico, I am using a translator of the Internet, I have just read the article you spent Readers Digest, and I was amazed at your courage and value life. You know? I am 33 years old and read your story has made me see life differently, because now I feel less vulnerable to the world. I will do my best to continue translating the writings of your blog because I feel identified with you: Your Tuva, which leave everything and live alone in your car .... And I often wanted, to leave everything behind, leave, start again. I thank God for allowing me to hear from you.

At 5:00 pm, Anonymous luciana said...

I'm Luciana and I'm from Portugal. Loved your book. You're amazing!

At 6:43 pm, Anonymous Francesca said...

Hi Anya ,
My names Francesca and I read your book, I was shocked about what I had read, you didn't deserve it !! But at least you are back on your feet and well, I hope for the best.


At 9:48 pm, Anonymous Michelle said...

Hi Anya,My name is Michelle i live in Melbourne Australia.Your book is the best i have read in a long time.During the book all i wanted to do was find you and take care of you. I am a mother of 3 and wouldnt dream of not looking after them. My 15 year old daughter also read the book in 2 days. I have past it on to many friends and they loved it. You are an insperation to everyone one i wish you all the happiness in the world.
Dont ever give up or be ashamed at what has happened to you.keep laughing love michelle

At 10:22 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from Finland!

I wish You all good in future! I must read the book.


At 11:43 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi its August 2008 and your book was passed onto me by my sister, so as I have been recovered from an operation I had some weeks to laze about and read. Its was brilliant full of real emotion. You endured so much sadness even after the events of your childhood you still continued to suffer. It makes my life feel wealthy -thanku.
Gill - Walsall

At 1:00 am, Anonymous xanae said...

Hi i'm from portugal!!! I just finished your book... it's an amazing book, made me cry but in the end made me SO HAPPY you found your way!!!

I'm very happy for you, i haven't read all the blog but i defenitely will be visiting to follow up on how you are doing.


Check out by blog if you want: http://howdoiknow.sapo.blogs.pt


At 2:40 am, Blogger anymorena said...

Hola Anya, vivo en Mexico y lei el articulo sobre ti en Selecciones, quede impresionada sobre las cosas que te han sucedido en la vida, pero me alegra que hoy todo vaya mucho mejor. Espero pronto leer tu libro en español. Saludos desde Mexico, mi correo electronico es
ana_thierry@msn.com espero algun dia recibir un correo tuyo. Me encantaria conocerte.
Saludos !

At 3:07 pm, Anonymous Khezanh Rachael. said...

Reading your book has made me realise that we all have problems but only some of us are strong enough to do something bout it.
Your book reallyy got to me. Im glad your sorting out your life. You deserve it. Goodluck with everything. xxx. =]

At 5:29 pm, Blogger Patr�cia said...

I Anya! I'm Patricia, from Portugal. I realy liked your book.
Keep going on!
Good luck!!

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

Hi =')
I'm From Portugal.
Right in my left side is your book
I read, and i cried.
This is such a beautiful story, sad, but beautiful and you made it, you are ok now =')
And you know, when i started reading this book i was really down, i couldn't stop crying, always in my room thinking in the dark..writing things with no sense.
And then i saw your book " abandoned" the title is just...beautiful and i felt like that " abandoned"
But now...your words, your story made me think that i have so much more that i've ever known.
My mother wants to read the book too =) and she doesn't read a lot, so it's good that she wants it !

I hope you'll be happy, with a smile on your face everytime you're felling down!

Kisses " Anya"


At 9:26 pm, Blogger na minha estante said...

I'm portuguese and I don't write English ver well, so I´m sorry for the mistakes. I hope that you can understand this message.
My mother read you book, and advised me to read too. I confess I have not yet finished, each page makes me think that I am in luck. I am just seventeen years old, and with this book I am to learn that children with half of my age already suffered more than I do and Only with your testimony as it is likely that we can tackle these problems.

It´s the first time that I write to the creator oh the books I read, because is the firt time that a book "touch" my heart, and I am a bookaholic, lolol.

Thank you.
a big kiss.
Rita (Viseu, Portugal)

At 10:44 pm, Blogger NeRezZA said...

i have just read you interview in the Reader's Digest México magazine, i've to say that i am really amazed by your history... i think that you are a very strong woman for facing in a positive way all the challenges in your life... i can't even imagine what other persons could do in your place, i really admire u and i must read your book C: i wish you luck in everything you do... i have a lot of dreams and i wanna make them true... i hope all that you want happens C:...sorry 4 my english, it maybe sucks or is a liitle bit unclear but i think i made my point Cx
i'll search your book!
Take care!

At 6:27 am, Anonymous Mawie said...

I am quite young to have read your book, but I was sucked into it, like a breath, and couldn't breathe out until I had finished the book. i am so so so so sorry to what has happened to you, especially when you were young. To have something so crazy done to you at that age seems so... ureal! I could NOT believe what I had read, and you have totally inspried me. Note I live on the OTHER SIDE of the world to you, and still heavily touched.
(PS, you should get a clustr map and see who has been seeing your blog)

At 3:08 pm, Anonymous Hortense said...

I am Portuguese and even now I have closed the book of your history.
Throughout these pages I was gradually getting hypnotised and could not stop reading and stop thinking as would have given the return to life so many disagreements and be able to turn over. I am very happy for you, 'Anya' and by all women who are able to overcome their largest ghosts and being freed of its past. This book, more than a beautiful story, is a great lesson in life, helping people like me, to look carefully the fate that every day presents to our lives and our way.
I want all the weather has really been in the past and that can be compensated for all the suffering that has lived.
Congratulations throughout the courage and the publication of your story, which will certainly help many other stories to emerge from the abyss of shame and fear.
Best wishes, and that your life is now watered of love and happiness *
Hortense Bogalho, Lisbon

At 4:33 am, Anonymous oLeanna said...

hi anya... i've read your story in reader's digest asia -- i was touched and humbled to the core. you're a living proof of hope and miracle and i'm happy about your book. rock on!!

At 7:21 pm, Blogger Hassergam said...

Hey!, it's amazing that you are much better =].

I'll take you as a model everytime I want to give up on something!. I do hope you keep on going, remember that we all are rooting for you!

Greetings from México!

At 1:51 pm, Anonymous carla figueiredo said...

Hello anya.
I'm from portugal and walked in a bookstore while I looked for your book and I had to buy the .. I could not stop to read .. a story of life very hard and cruel but that the end has become a dream ..
I hope that each day that passes the life you smile of a growing .. =)


Carla Figueiredo (Lisbon)

At 12:24 am, Anonymous nii said...

Hello =D I'm portuguese.. i just wanna say i love your book, it was really amazing.. some parts made me cry.. u are amazing, i admire your strong.. congratulations!

At 10:58 pm, Anonymous sandra said...

hello,I`m Portuguese, I finish reading your book and I want to congratulate you for your courage,kindest regards

At 7:47 am, Blogger Marisol said...

I'm from Argentina and read your story in the magazine of Reader's Digest. I really admire your courage, your strength and dignity with which he conducted his life.
You are an example of life.

At 5:28 pm, Anonymous Delia said...

I've read your book a few months ago and I long to tell you that you're a very admirable woman. I'm glad that you've found your guiding light and a path out of your shady past. I hope that you will still continue to look at the positive side of life and live happily for yourself.
Thank you for inspiring me.

At 10:39 pm, Anonymous Isabel Rodrigues said...

I'm a portuguese girl. I'm 16 years old and I finished to read your book 2 weeks ago. I only can tell you that you're so courageous. I've been a depression few moths ago and it was so difficult for me and if there aren’t my friends and my family I couldn’t overcome it... And you... You could overcome your depression with anybody at your side! You’re a survivor!!!
Last summer, in July, I was in England and I was to buy your book, but after I didn’t buy it, so when it come to Portugal I went to library to buy it quickly.
I need to do an oral presentation in Portuguese lesson about a book which I had read and as I was impressed with your history I’ll present it. I’m going to make my schoolmates read your book. Believe me, your history will be popular here in my place! =)


At 6:29 pm, Blogger Arturo Palacios said...

Hi, I am from Mexico too,I saw your story in the readers digest, is sad all that happened to you, no one deserves such a stuff and the is not an answer for any "why?", but miracles happens to good people, i am glad to see that your future is more bright every new day, I admire your courage and your will to go ahead. God bless you, you will be fine. There may be no one around, but you are not really alone, we think in you.

At 12:34 pm, Anonymous Margarida said...

My name is Margarida, I'm 15 and I'm from Portugal. My birthday gift was your book. I loved it.I read it in two days and I almost cried all book. You're a exemple of how life can be sucks but, if you fight for change it, you will win. I'm impressed with all the things you lived and passed throw. I can't imagine my life like your was and I think that if I were in your place I would just give up. congratulations, you are a winner and a very strong woman. You taught me a lesson, whatever life has for me, if I fight to get a good thing, I'll get it. Life can't be perfect, but doesn't need to be so bad. I hope you find a job quickly. Keep strong.
Kisses, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

At 8:25 pm, Blogger JJ said...

Greetings from America Anya! I just finished reading your book, practically in one sitting. I was so moved by your story. You are one tough cookie! You are an inspiration to all. I was sickened by the horrible abuse you experienced as a child. No child should ever have to endure that kind of pain just to feel like a part of a family. I will never in a million years understand how one person can do that to another. I am so very glad that you found your way out of being homeless and so grateful that you shared your story. It was the most moving book I think I have ever read. I hope that you and your relationships with your family have healed and I wish you the very best life has to offer...you deserve it! You are without a doubt a very amazing person. God bless.


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