The Story Behind Such A Good Girl by Willow Rose

29 Jun 2021

By Willow Rose

This novel was by far the hardest and most personal book I ever had to write.

I can’t believe I actually did it. Significant parts of this book are my own #metoo story. I have been dealing with this for the past year and felt it needed to be told.

It all began when I was contacted by a journalist from Denmark who was doing a documentary about sexual harassment in the Danish media. She reached out to me because my name kept coming up during her research.

I used to be a reporter at the most prominent national TV network in Denmark and was an anchor before moving to the States, where I started writing books.

When the journalist contacted me, I hadn’t thought about those old stories for twenty years. Suddenly, it was all I could think about. It came back to me in these violent flashbacks that completely floored me. Like Rachel in this book, I found myself crying for entire days and unable to function properly. I had repressed this for so long; I had almost completely forgotten it. But now, it was back, and it almost knocked me out. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, but worst of all, I couldn’t write, and that’s what I love to do. I spoke to a therapist, and she told me I needed to talk about it. I had to go through a healing process, and part of it was talking about it.

So, I finally told my story. First to my loved ones, then to some lawyers, and finally to the journalist while on camera. The documentary hasn’t been aired yet. But, it will be soon, and then we’ll see what happens. I am super nervous about when it does since the entire country will know my story, but I also know that telling my story is important, and hopefully, it will help someone else stand up for themselves. Maybe it can hinder this from happening to more women.

Willow Rose is the author of the new book Such A Good Girl.

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