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caption=”Chelsey Shannon, 17, writes for the ‘Louder Than Words’ book series for teens.”]
Chelsey was 6 years old when her mom died of leukemia. She was 13 when her father was murdered. Desperate, but hard-pressed to find the resources or a way to cope with the death of two parents, she decided to tell her story.
She is an author for the “Louder than Words” memoir series, written by teens and meant for teens. “Writing gives me a really important outlet for my emotions. Especially right after my dad’s death. All I did was write. It helped me put out my feelings of extreme sadness and hopelessness and put it into something constructive,” Chelsey, now 17, says.
They say the pen is mightier than the sword, but maybe the pen also helps you deal with the sword’s might. Chelsey hopes it does for her, and that she can help other young people in the process.
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