Smallwood overcomes personal abuse, publishes book
Seanna Smallwood was born in Fort Belvoir, Va., but moved to Waldorf in 1983. She attended Thomas Stone High School and attended the College of Southern Maryland, but transferred to Walden University online. She later launched a lucrative career in real estate and mortgage finance.
The Southern Marylander moved to Fort Myers, Fla., earlier this year in what she calls “a rush to break away from social abuse and slander associated with ending an abusive marriage,” and is now divorced.
Her new book, “Letters To The Soul,” was recently published by Amazon and is available at www. amazon.com.
“The book is truly a clever mix between psychology and all universal laws of love and abundance,” Smallwood wrote in an email. “It takes the reader on an eye-opening journey through the healing process.”
Her first book, “Dear God: Book 1 — A Story From Hell to Hope,” was published in 2013 and told the story of her childhood memoirs.
She is currently working on putting together speaking proposals hoping to target state’s attorney’s offices across the country, to “enlighten the very people that effectuate justice (or lack thereof)” on the topic. She said the book “should be provided to anyone that advocates for domestic violence survivors, with an empowerment-based advocacy model.”
I’ve been writing all my life, as far back as I can remember. I wrote letters to God when I was a child. I wrote short stories in high school — some of which my teachers wanted to publish — and continued writing in college. I was born spiritual, I always knew I was supposed to do something that changed the world, even just a little bit. My passion was to help adult victims of child abuse, the lost adolescent possibly on the wrong road, and help people heal from traumas. I knew I was supposed to write as a career author and be a public speaker since I was a teenager; however, success blockages associated with self-sabotaging, limited beliefs derailed my path, my life purpose. When I landed in Florida, I realized my first task was to focus on writing the second book. A book by which a person of any background, any city, any education, and any level of poverty or success, could take the steps to heal from their family template ... by simply changing the perception of their experiences and becoming empowered by them. The book strongly focuses on encouraging readers to bring back buried traumatic memories in order to release them and heal.
I’ve always wanted to help people. Because writing is my way of creative expression, I use it as a tool to reach people that want/need to gain an alternative perspective on their experiences to empower them to change their paradigm. I write and speak publicly to deliver a paradigm shift for individuals looking for the path to remove success blockers and heal, and for organizations looking to educate their leadership team to effectuate a higher level of justice and awareness on the devastating and costly, long-term effects ... of domestic violence.
Absolutely. It is my dream to become a best-selling author and speaker as a full-time career. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so I keep pressing forward.
I get divinely inspired on specific messages and spend the time needed to organize my thoughts through journaling. I spend time in nature, on a Gulf beach, and think for hours at a time — organizing, sorting, narrowing my focus to the message that is most important to share. Then I apply the ABC rule — “apply butt to chair” — and pour my heart out with words, unable to focus on anything else, really. I usually edit as I go, chapter by chapter. Then I recruit a second pair of eyes for structure or grammar, and then I finish the product.
I have self-published my first two books; however, I hope my next book will have professional representation. I feel a self-published book doesn’t gain the exposure it needs. Unfortunately, there are so many great books with the potential to heal and inspire others that go unnoticed. Works that have the potential to heal the masses need a strong backing.
When I’m feeling an insatiable need for inspiration, I enjoy reading works by Don Miguel Ruiz, Rhonda Byrne and Doreen Virtue. When I’m feeling nerdy and intellectually entrepreneurial-minded, I seek out the works of Seth Godin. Often, I’ll just pull out an old college textbook to brush up on a concept or three. I enjoy learning and gaining various perspectives on topics like spirituality, psychology and the universal laws. This is likely why my latest book is a fusion of psychology and spirituality.
Rhonda Byrne’s best-selling book “The Secret” strongly influenced my work. I felt the need to consistently practice the concepts she taught on the law of attraction. Yet, nothing worked. I stayed faithful in that journey of positive thinking for manifesting and no matter the magnitude of devastation for my situations and experiences, I was always able to keep a positive attitude.
I’m working on procuring speaking engagements by submitting government proposals to state’s attorney’s offices to bring awareness to judicial leadership about the cracks in communication across community programs and systems that are cultivating injustice for domestic violence survivors and their children. This is a national public health issue with a $55 billion price tag for U.S. taxpayers, and there is no better time than now for my work — October is officially declared National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. My own compelling story is enough to create ripples of change, and I intend to use it to effectuate a positive impact on the subject across the U.S.
I created a GoFundMe campaign (Heal-the-Masses: Advocate Against Domestic Violence) for anyone that feels the urge to assist me in the promotion of the book. I’ve committed to giving back 50 percent of profits from online book sales to The National Domestic Violence Hotline (www. thehotline.org), where survivors and their children can seek shelter and safety. I am also a licensed Realtor mortgage loan originator. I just happen to be a real estate/mortgage nerd with a passionate mission to advocate and effectuate justice.