KOKOMO, Ind., Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Othello Bach is a best-selling fiction and children's book author. One of her books, Whoever Heard of a Fird? led to over 100 licensing deals which included a line of toys by Remco and a television development deal with Hanna-Barbera. She also wrote three dozen songs that were recorded by stage and screen stars, including Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, and Sandy Duncan. It's hard to believe all of this positive, creative, and inspirational content is the product of someone who didn't learn to read until the 8th grade.
It's even harder to believe when you learn how this former minister, licensed hypnotherapist, motivational speaker and advocate for literacy, women, and group home reform almost didn't survive her nightmarish childhood that was defined by loss, neglect, physical and mental abuse, rape, seeing her mother burned alive, sexually violated by her alcoholic dad and left to fend for herself in a group home while separated from her siblings.
Her stirring memoir, Cry into the Wind, recently acknowledged by the Indiana Public Library Association as being one of the ten best books, reveals her heartbreaking, yet inspirational story of how she rose out of an against-all-odds childhood, one that left her in a two-day coma after attempting suicide.
Tony Award-winner Joel Grey says: "Othello is a force…and this book proves it."
Bach has come a long way since her troubled youth. She grew into a successful author of dozens of books, launched a hypnotherapy company for 25 years, taught for over 13 years at two colleges and was an ordained minister for a decade. Along the way she established an interethnic women's group, publicly advocates for victims of abuse and discrimination, literacy and self-improvement. She represents hope in the face of brutal odds against living a happy and successful life.
Unable to read until her teens, Bach learned to barter for help in exchange for others reading to her. When she learns the "secret to reading," she is ecstatic about her new discovery – that letters have assigned sounds – her life is changed forever. She now gives back with her creative works.
"Everyone has memories that haunt and discourage them," says Bach. "I want to make them aware of my story and show them how to use their minds more effectively – regardless of their backgrounds."
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