Just released my first book and am really enjoying this journey into self publishing. Writing has always been something I enjoyed and was complimented on for my ability to tell a story. I got away from writing on a regular basis for quite a long time but got back to writing in the last 5-6 years.
My first book is a memoir of sorts about my life growing up in a very dysfunctional and abusive family. It is my hope that by telling my story that it helps others struggling to overcome similar issues. I also hope that the message touches and inspires people in a meaningful way.
The Narcissist As Parent
My earliest memories of my life were of a family in a constant state of emotional and psychological chaos and turmoil. … Oftentimes, fear filled my mind as I tried to find a safe place to hide from that scary presence in my home. That presence, that person in my home was my dad.
Back in the 1970s, in the Midwestern United States, codependency and enabling behaviors were as yet unheard of and understood concepts. Family issues were not broadcast through the media, and for children who had parents that exhibited such pathology, life was uncertain and unstable. Such was the case for Drew Brett, who describes his father as “self-centered and egotistic,” as well as “narcissistic.” Young Drew never knew what would trigger Dad’s rages, and he experienced what he terms in his book as “victimology.”
In The Narcissist As Parent, Drew traces the history of the family’s pathology, from the grandmother who enabled Dad and was enabled by Granddad, to the mom who had psychological issues of her own. However, Drew also examines his own methods of coping, both as a child and an adult, and demonstrates that the chain of codependency can be broken with the development of inner strength, perseverance, and discovery of self in this triumphant and factual memoir.