Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Harrowing Stories Catch Hollywood Star's Attention; Sharing Deeply Personal Experiences Helps Author Recover from Trauma

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Harrowing Stories Catch Hollywood Star's Attention; Sharing Deeply Personal Experiences Helps Author Recover from Trauma

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Byline: Felicity Ripper Felicity.Ripper@scnews.com.au

COAST woman Roma Flood was hospitalised twice while writing her new book, such was the impact of divulging the traumas of her life.

Subjects penned included her daughter being stabbed to death, and her husband and granddaughter being killed in a plane crash.

Despite the Odds had the Aroona mum reliving her most excruciating moments, but she was proud of the final product.

She hoped her pain, on paper, could help ease others'.

"It was extremely difficult having to relive it all," Ms Flood said.

"I didn't actually realise how much stress it was causing my body, to write down all of those emotions, until I was hospitalised.

"I've just put my heart on the pages."

Ms Flood has already achieved what she set out to do, with award-winning actor Liam Neeson saying he was touched by the book.

After a skiing accident in 2009, Mr Neeson's wife Natasha Richardson died from an epidural hematoma and he was left to raise their teenage sons.

Ms Flood reached out to the actor on social media and to her surprise he replied.

He wanted to read Despite the Odds and she was more than happy to send him a copy.

Mr Neeson gave a testimony describing her writing as "heart touching but stunningly motivational".

"This book is undisputedly one of those books to read and meditate with, during our darkest days," Mr Neeson wrote.

Ms Flood was overwhelmed when she read the Hollywood star's review.

"It was wonderful," she said.

"I was amazed at the quality of what he wrote about my book."

A LIFE OF TRAGEDY

Ms Flood has experienced unfathomable pain in her life, beginning at age 16 when her mother died of ovarian cancer.

In 1996 her daughter Danielle Flood died in tragic circumstances while holidaying in Sydney with her two children.

"Her car had broken down and she was allowed to go into a refuge she probably shouldn't have been," she said.

"My daughter was stabbed to death."

On her blog, Ms Flood wrote that shock permeated every cell in her body when she was told the news. …

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