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 Canada. She lived in many places coast to coast from Coquitlam, BC all the way to Quispamsis, NB. She attended Broxton Park School in Spruce Grove, AB. Schalla graduated high school from Kennebecasis Valley High School in New Brunswick, with bursaries and scholarships to attend Alberta College of Art and Design. At the time she wanted to become a police sketch artist.
After attending one year in this college, Schalla then married her long time friend of around 20 years, sharing two wonderful children together. The two have since divorced, but are great friends still and co-parent their two wonderful children.
After Schalla's divorce, she then met her youngest child’s father. They moved in together, had their son, and shared their other four children; two hers and two his.
Schalla escaped this man in 2018 after being repeatedly assaulted by him. She fought him in court to keep her and her children safe.
This fight is what encouraged Schalla to share her story to help others leave, escape, and understand domestic violence.
Schalla and her children are now safe. They live peacefully in Alberta with their multitude of animals including; two dogs, a bunny, and hamster. She has a very large family that is spread out across Canada. Schalla's loving parents, family and friends have supported her and her children unconditionally throughout this journey.
"[Escaping My Predator] made me feel as though I could feel everything you experienced."
"Escaping My Predator by Mary J. Schalla is the harrowing true story of a woman's fight for freedom and safety from a man who manipulated, abused, and terrified her for years whilst she was trapped inside a relationship with him. The book is split into milestone chapters, documenting Schalla's journey from the very beginnings of her courtship, right through to his final sentencing in court. She expresses her inner turmoil in different stages: her denial, her recognition, her battle. It is written in the style of an extended journal entry; it contains little to no written dialogue, and the characters all remained unnamed.
Escaping My Predator is raw, beautifully honest and offers many powerful messages about finding the courage and strength to not only identify a dangerous and abusive partner, but to leave them as well. I found the prose and the character development to be interesting. The author paints a poignant picture of the situation that unfolded between woman and abuser. I would've liked to have learned a little more about Schalla but going through her experience I was still able to connect with her. I was taken on an emotional roller coaster and was immersed in the feelings of each character in the book. Schalla's powerful writing and emotional depth allowed me to live through the author's experience.
It is not easy to openly share explicit details of an abusive relationship, so for this I highly commend Schalla and her bravery. Schalla's story insightfully captured the experience of being an abused woman and what it takes to overcome this abuse. Escaping My Predator is a stirring and emotional story that is ultimately inspiring and uplifting. You too can escape and abusive relationship, and Mary Schalla inspires anyone who thinks otherwise." - Literary Titan