I have some exciting news!
In October this year, my memoir, Skinny Girl, will be released and ready for purchase. More than ten years in the writing, this book tells the story of my journey through anorexia.
Here’s an overview.
“When twenty-year-old Sydney girl, Sue Hutchison, discovered her sister was engaged, she thought her life would fall apart. How could she manage without her best friend? And when would someone love her the way her sister was being loved? Desperate for attention, Sue began dieting, chasing after the ideal figure of the 80s—lean and athletic. Her determination quickly turned to obsession and she became caught in a relentless cycle of extreme calorie counting and exercise. Sue’s body grew thinner and weaker, yet she rejected every offer of help, withdrawing further into her own protective shell. Meanwhile, her university friends prayed and plotted over how to intervene—before it was too late.
This is a story of friendship, faith and impossible breakthroughs. Readers will journey with Sue as she faces the dark roots of her eating disorder and learns how to forgive and take responsibility for her own choices.
For every girl who’s judged herself by her appearance, struggled with an eating disorder or been wounded in relationships, here is hope for healing. Honest, enlightening and ultimately uplifting, Sue’s story will remind you that, with the right support, a teachable heart and plenty of prayer, freedom is possible.”
Right now, I’m getting the final bits and pieces to the publisher, Elephant House Press, ready for the design process to begin. I’ll update you with further release information as it becomes available.
Just two months ago I penned a post exposing the folly in trying to push ahead of God’s time. In August, my focus topic was yielding—surrendering our plans, our idea of what’s best, to walk the path God has for us.
Now, as often happens, I’m being tested in these very principles.
The release of ‘Skinny Girl’ has been postponed.
Once again, COVID-19 restrictions have made the normal course of events—this time book events and launches—almost impossible. For this reason my publisher, Elephant House Press, has made the difficult decision to delay any further book releases until 2021, when, we trust, there will be greater freedom for large gatherings and travel between regions.
This news brought sadness, of course, and a strange sense of limbo. But at my core, firm hope prevails. God knows best. This book will be published in His perfect way and timing. When it is, I’ll have freedom to celebrate and express my gratitude with all those who have supported me through the writing process—without restriction. That is something to look forward to.
To those who were counting on the October release, I apologise. This year has served as a stark reminder to us all that we cannot dictate our future—no matter how hard we try.
I’ll write another update when I have more information. Bless you.
In just two weeks, I’ll hold my first book launch for “Skinny Girl” in Launceston, Tasmania. I’m so looking forward to celebrating God’s faithfulness and strength with those who have prayed, encouraged and supported me over the past decade of writing.
Life was busy, busy leading up to Christmas, with many emails passing between me, my publisher and an artist. It was an excting, intense, emotionally draining patch, but so worth it for the beautiful book that will soon be available to share with you. My prayer is that it will encourage every reader in their own life journey and inspire them to live life to the full.
On January 31st, I’ll be holding a second launch in Wollongong, New South Wales. Please contact me if you’re interested in attending either of these events and I’ll give you the details.
When books are available through other avenues, I’ll post the details here.