Book Blast! He Said, She S.A.I.D – What if your memoir turned into a horror story?
He Said, She S.A.I.D. It is a parent’s worst nightmare. The police bursting into your suburban home, accosting you in bed, arresting you, and hauling you off to jail. All while your 10-year-old son watches from the shadows in terror.
Bruce McLaughlin lived through this nightmare in May of 1998. He was booked that night on charges of abusing his children—falsely accused by his wife amid an emotionally charged divorce that had already permanently shattered and scarred their family. In this first-hand account of the months and years that followed that night, Bruce shares his confusion, fear, rage, and indignation as he was booked, tried, convicted, and jailed for an abhorrent crime he did not commit. Even as an attorney, Bruce found himself ill-prepared for the challenges he faced in proving his innocence, restoring his reputation, and rebuilding a life.
Bruce McLaughlin’s story is a cautionary tale for any parent contemplating divorce. “More than 80% of abuse accusations levelled amid divorce proceedings,” he warns, “prove to be false.” Now an advocate for those falsely accused, Bruce’s experiences, insights, and advice are required reading for any parent contemplating divorce. “You have to go into the process prepared and with your eyes wide open. I did neither.”
Author Q&A with Bruce McLaughlin
Your story is like something from a crime and thriller movie. Certainly, a devastating and traumatising situation to go through. Why did you want to re-live it all by writing a book about your experience?
I am interested in helping others wrongly accused or convicted of SAID cases
How did you navigate publication?
I had the able assistance of my editor, Cathy Oasheim, and my publicist Cyndi Urbano of AlphaGraphics
What would be your biggest tip to anyone embarking on writing an autobiography
What were the best and worst examples of human behaviour you encountered during your incarceration?
Best: Inmate named Blue singing Capella in the Wallens Ridge Penitentiary / Worst: Attempted rape by a cell mate
4 years in jail. How did you keep it together and get by each day, knowing that you were falsely held there?
What’s next for Bruce McLaughlin?
Looking to develop this story for wider audience such as Netflix.
Learn more about Bruce McLaughlin
website: Bruce McLaughlin | He Said. She S.A.I.D (hesaidshesaidbook.com)
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