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SUCCESS: Marcia M Spence

INSPIRING, UPLIFTING and empowering - that’s how readers of Kindle bestseller Confidence Confidential are describing this new anthology.

Developed by Marcia M Publishing House, the book brings together the personal journeys and learning of girls and women from 13-70, with each sharing their successes and challenges in order to help others.

The book has been compiled by British born Jamaican Marcia M Spence who lives in West Bromwich. Like many of her co-authors, Spence has experienced significant difficulties in life. She was sexually abused when she was five years old, witnessed domestic abuse at home, led a transient lifestyle and was the subject of racism as she grew up. Her personal relationships with family and partners have been troubled by their mental health issues, drug and alcohol addictions.

Despite this, Spence had a successful 25 year career developing and delivering services for children and their families. She then began to work for herself and became a dynamic broadcaster, newspaper columnist, community activist and women’s empowerment coach. She also wrote the first volume of her memoirs Geraldine’s Pearl.

Her health deteriorated however and her writing caused her to face the struggles and emotional trauma she had been through. She was diagnosed with a chronic neurological/nervous system called Trigeminal Neuralgia - a disorder of the fifth cranial (trigeminal) nerve.


Confidence Confidential, complied by Marcia M Spence

This typically causes extreme sporadic, sudden burning or shock-like facial pains in the areas of the face where the branches of the nerve are distributed – lips, eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. The intense flashes of pain can be triggered by vibration or contact with the cheek, brushing your teeth, eating, drinking, talking or being exposed to the wind.

Upon diagnosis, she began to sink to her deepest depths and although naturally outgoing, she became isolated from friends and family and was dealing with symptoms of post traumatic stress and panic attacks.

After accepting help from her three children and a number of professionals, Spence has bounced back from what she describes as 'rock bottom'.

‘I was re-made from scratch, creating a ‘six million dollar Marcia’, a different creature, with love, power and a sound mind," said Spence. "At 50 years old, I now feel I am soaring to my greatest heights and embracing all of life.

"I have had to find strength and use a multitude of instinctive survival strategies to overcome personal circumstances including divorce, single parenthood, chronic illness, lack of confidence and self-esteem. I believe that I have perfected ‘Bounce-back-ability’ - the ability to bounce back, to keep on driving forward, not to accept the knock-backs but to learn from them and use them as stepping stones and this has become my art."

Spence began her current publishing business in 2016 from her bed, as a hobby to help her get through her periods of ill health. Marcia M Publishing House now has over thirty books in hand to publish this year, with authors ranging from the UK, Africa and the Caribbean.

She is focussed on building confidence and self-esteem in others and encouraging them to express themselves, to be creative and to tell their story either in the written or spoken word. Her publishing business specialises in memoirs and as she knows the potential emotions and vulnerability that can come with that, she has a unique range of supportive professionals on board to help her writers and offers counselling as well as editing and design.

"My greatest achievement has been to finally and truly love myself and because of this, I refuse to accept less than I am worth."

Confidence Confidential is available to purchase via Amazon and a full launch event will take place on 6 May at The Village Hotel Castle Gate Dudley. Contact confidence@marciamspence.com to find out more.

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