After trying her hand at writing everything from newspaper articles to novels for more than a decade, in 2013 Linda Dynel decided that it was time to pen a story that was closer to her heart; the story of the day that she left her abusive ex-husband. After hearing time and again from publishing houses and agents that it was “…a great read, but I don’t know who I’d sell it to…” Ms. Dynel took the leap and published it herself as an ebook in February of 2014. Within months the feedback pouring in convinced her that a paperback copy of Leaving Dorian had to be made available if it was going to reach its intended audience, that being victims and survivors of domestic violence as well as students and educators.
From Connie Little, Executive Director of Turning Point DV Services of Prestonburg, KY: “Leaving Dorian takes you through a personal journey of intimate partner violence and the enormous psychological tension preceding physical abuse. The book illustrates the re-victimization many women endure, and the strength of the human spirit to overcome. This is a must-read and should be on the required reading list for all DV advocates. I’m recommending it to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence for their required book list for certification.”
A little more than three years after its initial publication, Leaving Dorian has been widely read by DV help center coordinators and directors. Leaving Dorian has also found a home in post-secondary education; it’s being used as both supplemental and required texts by professors at St. John Fisher College, Niagara University, The University at Buffalo, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Hilbert College, Western Michigan University and Siena College in both graduate and undergraduate Psychology, Criminal Justice, Family Counseling and Sociology courses.
Ms. Dynel continues to educate college students, domestic violence service providers and the public through her presentations, “Beyond Leaving Dorian: A Discussion on Domestic Violence” and “A Culture of Caring: Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace”. Her newest offering is a workshop specifically designed for high school students, “Because You’re A Girl: A Discussion on Gender Equality”.
The Zonta Club of Niagara Falls, NY, chose Leaving Dorian as the cornerstone of their 2015 DV Initiative, “Zonta Says NO – 16 Days of Activism” and distributed copies of Leaving Dorian to local women’s shelters, DV help centers, high schools, churches and libraries. Ms. Dynel was also honored to be asked to participate in “The Clothesline Project” at St John Fisher College and “Take Back the Night” at Niagara University and is the recipient of the YWCA of Niagara’s 2016 Entrepreneur Award and the Zonta Club of Niagara Falls 2016 Woman of Distinction Award.
Her first novel, “Sunrise and the Seven One Six”, was released in February of 2015. Ms. Dynel is the mother of five and lives in Lockport, New York with her husband, Ray.
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