Time Does Not Heal All Wounds : How to Fight a Parole self published by Kathleen Connelly Takats is a reference guide for anyone who has ever lost a loved one to a criminal, only to be confronted by that person’s early release through the process of parole. Kathleen writes with personal experience about the man, John Duffy, who murdered her fifteen-year-old brother James in 1979. Duffy was convicted and sentenced to twenty years to life in prison. She shares her success stories, research, letter writing and media involvement to deny Duffy a parole, and provides insight to other crime victims and their families about how to achieve what she has been able to do – insure that justice is carried out to the letter of the law.
Tell us something about yourself.
Kathleen Connelly Takats grew up in the Bronx, NY, and moved to Long Island when she was 10 years old.
What inspired you to write this book?
I knew that there were other people who did not know how to fight a parole of the murderer who took the life of their child/spouse/family member/friend/neighbor. I researched how to fight my brother’s murderer’s parole and wanted to share it with others.
How did you choose the title?
Time Does Not Heal All Wounds is exactly how I feel; how others feel when a loved one is murdered. You never get over the loss.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
As an unknown author, it was difficult to find a publishing company to print my book. Thus, I used my own savings to fund its publication. Then, I needed to get the word out about the book but so many public relations/publicist firms were either very expensive or not interested. Fortunately, I came across Victoria A. Spedale, a public relations professional who has a personal interest in the subject matter of my book and willing to take on the challenge of promoting it – at a very reasonable fee.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
My intention wasn’t to be a writer but to inform people and help others fight the parole of murderers who have deprived people of their loved ones. Five murderers – that I am aware of – have been stated and held back since my book was published in April 2009. I recently helped Walt Oster, a former Kentucky policeman who fought Barbara Helm’s murderer’s release, a case he worked on in 1981. Before her husband died of cancer – she had no other family – Officer Oster promised Barbara’s husband that he would continue to fight the murderer’s parole. He found me on my blog www.fightparole.com
Do you have any writing rituals?
No, as I said, My intention wasn’t to be a writer but to help others fight the parole of murderers who have deprived people of their loved ones.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Yes. It is hard work to communicate an unpopular subject that is so sad in nature. Writing “Time Does Not Heal All Wounds: How to Fight a Parole” not only helped me, but my entire family. It gave my brother a voice that will carry on…
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Have faith; take a break; talk to other and get input. Do not be afraid to write! You can do it.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Anyone who is facing the release or parole of a violent person and would like to prevent it!
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
My blog www.fightparole.com. Note that all proceeds from “Time Does Not Heal All Wounds: How to Fight a Parole” are donated to crime victims.