Sordid little secrets. It's tough enough dealing with them as an adult. But what happens when you're a girl with dreams -– and hopes of blossoming into sweet womanhood? Find out what happens when innocence crashes head-on into sex, violence, abortion and drugs. It's all in Angela Carter's page turner, Time Doesn't Heal All Wounds.
The novel chronicles the lives of Deb and Honey, two young friends with distinctly different personalities. But the pair does share something in common - the desire to heal from a painful past.
Deb is trying to make it through high school. One minute she's dreaming about graduating, going to college and marrying her prince charming. But "happily ever after" isn't exactly in the script. Instead, Deb suffers an onslaught of verbal abuse and estrangement from her mother. In a twist, she falls in love with an irresistible night club owner who teaches her a few things about life.
"Vivacious" could be Honey's middle name. She's a gorgeous teen with attitude. Street-smart and sassy. She hides her lack of self-confidence by any means necessary. Honey prefers her men controlling, dominating and married. Her early exposure to sex and an "I don't give a damn" view of life spell one thing for Honey: self-destruction.
Carter knows about abuse and betrayal all too well. Her debut novel is inspired, in part, on heartaches she endured in her own life.
"The verbal abuse started about the time I entered sixth grade," the author revealed. "One of my parents would yell obscenities at me. I was told I was ugly, unworthy, dumb and stupid. My parent would always compare me to a friend’s daughter, who could do no wrong."
Carter added, "I went through life feeling worthless and full of hurt and pain. I needed an outlet - a sense of security. As a result, I started looking for love in all the wrong places. Little did I know that the people I was trying to gain love from didn't love me."
The author shares at least one thing in common with her character Deb. Both developed a closer relationship with God and turned their lives around, celebrating victory over pain.
Carter is currently working on her master's degree in social service. This single mom of two sons earned her bachelor's degree in health care administration.