How did you come to work together on the book?
Kimber: When PeggyEllen contacted me, I was kind of skeptical at first, because I have read and used so many different books and resources in the therapeutic work I do, and I didn’t want to be part of something that I didn’t feel good about. I took the draft manuscript home and sort of thumbed through it, thinking that I would get back to it later. But I was so captivated that I read the whole thing before I could put it down! I was impressed with how well PeggyEllen had captured the feelings of the characters, and how she had included all the parts of healing that I feel are so important. Then, when I talked with her more about how we could work together, I was just so pleased to hear how passionate she was about this subject. I couldn’t have done this kind of work with someone who didn’t have a heart, but that is just so much of what PeggyEllen is about that I knew right away I wanted to work with her.
Are therapeutic support groups like the one described in The Thursday Group likely to be available to readers of The Thursday Group? How common is that sort of treatment model for pre-teen and teenage girls?
Why did you exclude stories about boy victims of sexual abuse in your book?
That brings up the question of whether there might be readers in addition to girls who have been sexually abused who may be drawn to the book?
What can parents do to protect their children from sexual abuse?