'To Hell and Back' is the story of Helen Waters, who is enviable by all outward appearances: luxurious home in London, expensive cars, designer clothes, a loving daughter named Louise and a husband who seems to be sensitive and caring. But looks can deceive and as Mark pulls the curtain, he pulls Helen close, too close. His paranoid delusions fuel outraged fits of violence and when Helen realises that she is being quickly swept away in a progressively rising torrent of brutality with no relief in sight, it becomes apparent that she is going to lose more than her dignity and self-respect. She's going to lose her life if she doesn't escape. Helen and Louise settle in a small village in the Scottish highlands where they find peace and stability for the first time in sixteen years. And for the first time in her life Helen genuinely falls in love with a man, Jerry Burns, who loves her back without wanting to control and manipulate her. Unfortunately their bliss doesn't last long as Helen's dark past finally catches up with her. They'll all pay a great price before Mark is finished exacting his vengeance.
Jay, who is 42 years old, was born in Dunbartonshire, near Loch Lomond and has lived on the Black Isle in the highlands for the last ten years. Family life is busy with six children and two grandchildren. Jay began painting several years ago, and regularly exhibits her work in galleries and art fairs. When her youngest daughter became diabetic she wrote a short story called 'Paleface' about a little girl who was also diabetic. This helped her daughter so much that she thought writing a book based on her own experience of domestic violence would be good therapy. Jay compiled her own experience with her previous relationship and the experience of other women and brought them together to create the heroine for her book. Not only was it good therapy but Jay discovered a passion for writing, so much so that she is already writing away at her next manuscript. Jay is active in our community, working with children; she is energetic within the church, doing what she can to raise money for whatever their cause is, she has a big heart and we all love her. All the best, Jay Your friends.