About my second novel

Recently I read a writer’s blog written by an agent who identified nine ways NOT to begin your book. I read the list and when I reached the ninth example, I said, “OH NO!” Not only have I been struggling to write my second novel, now I need to rewrite the first chapter. This past week I reserved a day and much to my pleasant surprise, I wrote a whole chapter; and I created the genesis for rewriting the first chapter.
The following scenario is what my protagonist faces.

What if you’re married to a cop and he beats you? Where do you go for help?

Diane Wetendorf in Abuse of Power describes the challenges my main character faces:

Call the police—He is the police.

Go to a shelter—He knows where the shelters are located.

Have him arrested—Responding officers may invoke the code of silence.

Take him to court—It’s your word against that of an officer, and he knows the system.

Drop the charges—You could lose any future credibility and protection.

Seek a conviction—He will probably lose his job and retaliate against you.


My friend Nora Caldwell works for Human Options, a non-profit dedicated to ending domestic violence and abuse. She defines the problem as taking away another’s power and self-respect through physical, verbal, emotional, psychological, and financial control. Being treated in this manner can take many forms including threats, coercion, and physical harm.

So, if your batterer is a cop, what do you do? This is the conundrum of the protagonist in my second novel: what she does and how she survives is a testament to the human spirit. The antagonist is loosely based on ex-Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who allegedly managed to cover up his wife’s reports of domestic violence and abuse.

Warmest Regards,                                                                                                                            Michele

Michele I. Khoury                                                                                                                             Author, Busted                                                                                                          www.michelekhoury.com

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the Human Options 24 hour toll free hotline at 1-877-854-3594; or the national hotline at 1-800-799-7233, and
1-800-787-3224 (TTY for Deaf/hard of hearing).

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