Carolyn S. Hennecy – native Floridian, author, freelance writer and blogger. A/k/a southern blonde traveling with sense of humor and a passion for cheesecake, known to be heard several times a day declaring, “JUST PEACHY!”
In 2008 Carolyn’s memoirs, ORANGE BLOSSOM WISHES: Child Molested, Woman Abused – Her Victorious Journey to Freedom was published. In her book, she successfully addresses emotional trauma and devastation, while peppering this autobiography with light-hearted southern charm. With powerful conviction she establishes the important roles laughter and faith played in her healing and restoration. Since the book’s release, Carolyn has traveled extensively, appeared on local and nationally syndicated television and radio programs, and had the privilege to interact with victims and survivors at various book signings throughout Florida and in parts of the southeastern United States.
With passion Carolyn strives to raise awareness regarding domestic/intimate partner violence, child molestation and sexual abuse. As an advocate, she actively pursues every opportunity to educate, empower and inform public, private, secular and religious venues in an effort to eradicate the senseless emotional and mental damage, physical injuries, and far too often, deaths that come as a result of abuse and domestic violence.
Carolyn is a credentialed minister, working in pastoral and spiritual support counseling, as well as advocating for domestic and sexual violence awareness. In 2010 she was chosen as 1 of only 5 women in the nation as a Verizon VOICES rep to the Family Justice Center Annual International Conference, where she participated on a 4-member panel comprised of women from around the nation addressing “Long Term Support” for domestic violence survivors. She previously served as Co-Chair of the VOICES Committee with the Family Justice Center Hillsborough County, has completed the “Gift of Presence” Chaplaincy course and 16-hour “Nuts & Bolts” program for domestic violence advocate training. She is also a member of the Sexual Violence Task Force of Tampa Bay Speakers Bureau. Carolyn has been honored to be involved with the local ABC staff in their Emmy award winning special, “Taking Action Against Domestic Violence.”
A mother of two adult children, “Grandma” to 4 grandgirls, in 2008, after 39 years of no contact, Carolyn “bumped into” one of her school buddies, a classmate from second grade through high school graduation. After knowing each other 50 years, they had their first date, and later that year were married in their hometown.
Carolyn continues to be active as an inspirational/motivational speaker, widely known and described as “keepin’ it real.” With her passion, sense of humor and southern charm, Carolyn is ever on the ready to speak to the masses or small groups on topics as varied as single parenting, domestic violence, spirituality or just life in general.
Visit Carolyn’s website at http://www.orangeblossomwishes.com where you can learn more regarding her work in the area of domestic violence awareness.