"Novels ought to have hope" Anne Lamott

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Nikki Rosen uses her writing to empower others to reach for their best.

Her book, In the Eye of Deception won The Word Guild Award and received an Honourable Mention for The Grace Irwin Award.
She has won a number of short story contests and has been  published in various anthologies and magazines.

Nothing is impossible to overcome. Not drugs, not an eating disorder, not self-harm, not panic attacks, not prison, not rape, not living on the streets with no money, no family and no hope. I can say this because I was there. 

Raised in a middle class Jewish family, I learned at a young age I had no right to exist. I lived wild, out of control, on life's edge. 

I was told I could have a marginal life with professional intervention. I beat the odds - I did it with God's help. In the Eye of Deception is my story - a story of healing and redemption. 

Winner of The Word Guild Award.

Honourable Mention of The Grace Irwin Award.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou

A story of hope and overcoming. A story about the resilience of the human spirit and the touch of a gentle God.

Shortlisted for The Word Guild Award. April 2013

Sixteen-year-old Jamie DeSouza runs away from home to escape from years of sexual and emotional abuse. Living on the streets of Toronto, she survives the only way she knows how – by becoming tough, hard, angry...a fighter. When her freedom is taken away, Jamie finds herself locked in a psychiatric ward where she struggles to maintain hope.

Caught in the mental health system, Jamie is stripped of her dignity and even basic human rights. It’s in that dark place she learns to fight back in ways that ultimately free her. The people Jamie meets along the way teach her that dancing softly in life is far more powerful than the use of violence.

A true story of hope, love and a second chance.

Elements of truth exist in all deception. It’s why lies sometimes sound real. But truth has a life of its own and in time, always reveals itself.

It happened sixty-three years ago, a horrific crime against a young child. When the community learned who perpetrated the brutal crime it shocked them even more. Twisted Innocence, confirms evil exists and, sometimes comes in the most unlikely form.

The toddler, Marie LaFortune, now a woman in her sixties speaks out for the first time and shares the truth of what really happened the summer of 1949 in Lowertown, Ottawa.

“Whoever survives a test, whatever it may be,

must tell the story. That is his duty.”

Eli Wiesel



"Just like moons and suns, with certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I'll rise."

Maya Angelou


I knew how to fight. And I knew how to survive. My focus was on getting through one day to the next and getting there alive. It never dawned on me I could be free or happy. But even in the darkest moments, I felt it, a hunger to experience life and be fully connected, not in brokenness, but in passion, adventure, excitement and love.

Hope made the difference. Hope that pushed back despair.

From surviving to thriving! 

The journey to be free!


Supplement to In the Eye of Deception. Available from the author or Kindle Download.