Michael Hunter McVay
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Have you ever felt a little different?
Are great LGBTQIA+ inclusive books hard to find?
What about approaching topics like complex PTSD and BDD?
Here are three for you.
Real, true-life stories of love, lust, torment, betrayal, abuse, passion, joy, and pain. Written with enough humor, an occasional tinge of sarcasm and inspiration from the heart. Click to read more or to see excerpts. Please enjoy!
Have you got a few minutes for me?
I’m at that age where I look back at my life and wonder what legacy, if any, I will leave behind. No doubt, my life was fascinating. I started out working at a Sonic Drive Inn at 12 years of age with a fake social security card my stepfather acquired. My actual father, whom I did not know, committed suicide when I was in Jr High school. Through high school, I worked part-time at a Dairy Queen and part time at a McDonald’s. I put myself through school and college with jobs and scholarships. I became a flight attendant, a respiratory therapist, a visual merchandiser for the dept. of defense, an interim college professor, an art teacher, an elementary teacher, a care worker, an actor, an artist, an illustrator, a singer, a designer, and a part-time drag queen performer during at least half of that mess. Crazy, right? I never knew who or what I wanted to be, because I was never sure who I was. Turns out, “I’m every woman! It’s all in me!”
Now, I’ve had 5 books published and I wrote them to help myself deal with that bizarre life that included decades of torture and abuse, which I mostly kept to myself until I was diagnosed with severe Complex PTSD after my mother was killed. When writing, I thought about “who” from my life, deserves to be remembered and I included many of those dear souls in my books. There are a lot of worthy, wonderful people who have been a part of my life at some time along the way. I want to honor them, and I want their names to be read by strangers’ lips, and I want their lives to be thought about long after mine is over. The only way I can make that happen is to find willing readers for my books. My story isn’t about asking for pity or forgiveness, it’s about belonging, loving, and accepting myself and those around me.
Of course, I have judged others and I have hurt people during my life, so I am as flawed as anyone. Although I have developed cataracts, I think I can see my horizon even more clearly as my hippocampus continues to give me expanded views of my forgotten past through ruminations. And while my life and my story may not be enough to draw the number of readers I would hope for, the other people I wrote about need to be remembered somehow. Most have long passed, but there are some still with us. They thrill and delight me with their goodness, their humanity, and their compassion for any number of causes and actions. While I tell my story from my perspective in my books, I too continue to grow and learn even as I write. My writing career has been the least lucrative of all my former careers and jobs that I mentioned above, but it has been the most challenging and the most rewarding.
With this said, I ask you to find the thing that you are destined to do, reach for it, work for it, believe in yourself. Leave behind those who hold you back and remain with those who uplift and support you. This is the one and only life you will get on this earth. I’m going deaf, but I still hear you. Let us love while we are here! If I could become famous for one quote, maybe it would be, “Do what you can do to feel like you are part of the world you live in, not just the space you occupy.” Because – that’s what I am trying to do. So, as I find myself holding on to the last of the memories of those who loved me unconditionally, I write. Please consider reading one or more of my books. Those who were such a vital and inspirational part of my life, touched my heart, so much so – that I was compelled to write about them. Their memories and goodness shouldn’t disappear with me. Read their names, know their stories and mine. Maybe it will inspire you to write your own story. There is more to come – for all of us.
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“The Repulsive Tales of Wayward Fern: When Drinking and Thinking Don’t Mix”
After going through a breakup in Texas, Fern finds herself washing out her cooter in a green lake in Mississippi. Fern is an adventurous young go-getter who loves to dance, drink, smoke, and unwittingly turn everyone’s world upside down! In Mississippi, she finds and falls in love with her new gay sidekick, Curtis, who soon becomes entangled in her unhinged web of insanity, promiscuity, and utter ridiculousness. Curtis now questions everything! Fern rocked his simple world. She means well, but her efforts rarely end well. She goes for whatever she wants, and no one stands in her way, but if her life is a puzzle, there are several pieces missing! Can Curtis help her find the missing pieces? This true story of real people, some of who’s names have been changed to protect the guilty, will drive you nuts! You will meet a variety of unforgettable and lovable characters whose lives are forever changed after meeting “Wayward Fern!” Would you take her in? Find out why you should…..or why you shouldn’t! There is literally no turning back. Buckle up and take a wild ride on the complex PTSD slide! 18+
“Michael, Little Boy Black & Blue: Surviving the Effects of a Poisonous Child Abuser”
Michael uses humor and a tinge of sarcasm to describe decades in the life of a tortured and abused child, at the hands of a brutal, psychotic maniac. This one is filled with tragedy and triumph. Michael writes with passion and inspiration from the heart. An honest exploration into a world unseen by most. Whether or not you have personally experienced abuse, this book is for anyone who appreciates the struggles of our human existence. Get in-depth looks at the abuser, the abused, and the circle of life surrounding them all. This book may be challenging at the darkest times, cringe-worthy at the deepest times, and down right funny most of the time, but it is not an easy one to put down once you’ve started. Delve into a mind that developed and adapted very differently. 18+
“Michael, Little Boy Blacker & Bluer: Surviving the Effects of a Poisonous Child Abuser II”
This companion books takes a look at events and people overlooked or uncovered in the first book. This one is a must, if you have read the first. Who’s the idiot? Who’s the monster? Who’s the hero? This time we get to see how the mind of a person suffering from complex PTSD functions. What’s the worst thing that ever happened to young Michael? There are plenty of clues in both books, but are you brave enough to venture there? He was. Will you try? I challenge you. Michael reveals everything! Even his most spiritual thoughts of life and death. All of the books are available on Amazon or on Michael’s website in Kindle or Paperback. 18+
“COMPLEX PTSD & ME: Surviving the Effects of a Poisonous Child Abuser III”
Third in Trilogy
Delve into a mind that developed and adapted very differently from early childhood. See the world through the eyes and dreams of someone who struggles with severe complex post-traumatic stress disorder after decades of torture and abuse at the hands of a brutal, psychotic maniac. Michael uses a hint humor and a tinge of sarcasm to discuss severe c-PTSD in a way that is easily understandable and relatable. He includes all the technical jargon needed to understand the clinical background of the illness, but he describes the effects in a concise and personal way in his own words. Through it all, he was able to thrive and lead a fulfilling life and you can do the same.
This book, third in a series, is filled with tragedy and triumph, nightmares and wonder. Michael writes with passion and inspiration from the heart. An honest exploration into a world unseen by most. Whether or not you have personally experienced abuse, or c-PTSD, this book is for anyone who appreciates the struggles of our human existence. Get in-depth looks at the abuser, the abused, and the circle of life surrounding them all. Disorders associated with PTSD are included and discussed. This book may be challenging at the darkest times, cringe-worthy at the deepest times, and downright funny some of the time, but it is not an easy one to put down once you’ve started.
I WAS the incredibly underweight child.
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