About SOS: from Hilda Heady – rural health expert
“Daleen Berry captures her extraordinary personal journey from pain and bewilderment to resilience and peace. Sister of Silence honors women everywhere and especially, the resilience of rural women and their very human spirit. This is a very important book.”
Hilda R. Heady, MSW
West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnership
Hilda Heady is associate vice-president for Rural Health at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University. She is appointed to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and she also works with the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences. She serves as executive director of the West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships, which has received national acclaim in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Journal of Rural Health.
Ms. Heady has testified before Congress on various rural health issues. She was invited to the “Health Care Reform in Rural Areas” White House conference in 1993 and was a regional finalist for the 1997 White House Fellows program. Ms. Heady is a former VISTA volunteer, whose interest in rural health and community development has spanned more than 30 years.
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My next book, Guilt by Matrimony, about the murder of Aspen socialite, Nancy Pfister, comes out November 17. My memoir, Sister of Silence, is about surviving domestic violence and how journalism helped free me; Cheatin’ Ain’t Easy, now in ebook format, is about the life of Preston County native, Eloise Morgan Milne; The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese (a New York Times bestseller, with coauthor Geoff Fuller) and Pretty Little Killers (also with Fuller), released July 8, 2014, and featured in the August 18 issue of People Magazine.
For an in-depth look at the damaging effects of the silence that surrounds abuse, please watch my live TEDx talk, given April 13, 2013, at Connecticut College.
Have a great day and remember, it’s whatever you want to make it!
Editor’s Note: Daleen Berry is a New York Times best-selling author and a recipient of the Pearl Buck Award in Writing for Social Change. She has won several other awards, for investigative journalism and her weekly newspaper columns, and her memoir, Sister of Silence, placed first in the West Virginia Writers’ Competition. Ms. Berry speaks about overcoming abuse through awareness, empowerment and goal attainment at conferences around the country. To read an excerpt of her memoir, please go to the Sister of Silence site. Check out the five-star review from ForeWord Reviews. Or find out why Kirkus Reviews called Ms. Berry “an engaging writer, her style fluid and easy to read, with welcome touches of humor and sustained tension throughout.”