About the Author
Maddy Moss Koppelman
Madelaine Moss was born in New York City and when she was three years old, her mother died, leaving Madelaine and her six months old sister on a path that was different than the children she saw on television shows such as “Leave it to Beaver” and “Father Knows Best”.
Although she heartily acknowledges and believes that most stepmothers are wonderful, her own stepmother was right out of the pages of the story of Cinderella. Daily, repetitive verbal abuse, she believes, did much more harm to her feelings of self-worth than the constant fear of physical retribution for whatever angered her stepmother.
The old saying that “sticks and stones may hurt my bones but words can never harm me”, according to Madeline, is one of the most awful lies that you can tell a child. Words can hurt deeply where no one can see the wounds fester and become a constant source of pain.
One of the positive results of her childhood situation is that she matured into a person with a strong commitment to not saying anything on purpose that would hurt the feelings of another person. This is why she so carefully chose each word that she put down on paper for her story about breaking free of the domination of another individual or group of individuals.