In this hard-hitting thriller, award winning book, Mary J. Schalla shares her true story of hardship, courage, and resilience in overcoming domestic abuse.
About the Author
Mary J Schalla was born in Calgary, AB, and grew up moving from coast to coast until she went to college. Mary J went to the Alberta College of Art and Design and has also taken classes in Criminology. Mary J married one of her best friends from junior high school in 2007, and from that marriage had two children. Unfortunately, Mary J and her husband parted ways in 2012 but remain friends and co-parent their children exceptionally well.
In 2013, Mary J began a relationship with a friend. That relationship grew quickly, and they had a son. This relationship overtime came with many challenges and what Mary J came to realize was domestic violence. Mary J fled domestic violence and her predator in April of 2018. She tried to co-parent with her predator but could not due to being constantly harassed and stalked and because she was concerned for her son's safety when he had visitation with his father.
Mary J struggled through the court system when getting protection orders and parenting orders but eventually was able to keep her son safe from his father after fighting him in court for almost a year. In December 2019, Mary J's predator was sentenced to jail and probation after pleading guilty to criminal harassment and posting intimate images online publicly without permission. Her predator was again arrested in early 2020 with multiple counts of Historical Sexual Assault of Minors under 14 with another victim. That trial takes place in March of 2023.
Today, Mary J and her children are safe; she has gone back to school to learn more about how to help victims and survivors of domestic violence and is a Domestic Violence Advocate. Mary J also has become a Public Speaker about Domestic Violence and is bringing awareness of what it is like after fleeing abuse and what it's like to fight in court.