UnMasked: The Human Stories of Advocates

As an advocate people tend to forget there is more to us than meets the eye. We are husbands, wives, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers. Although advocacy is never-ending, at the end of the day, we too go home to our loved ones.

I have known many advocates in my lifetime. Each have appeared to be strict, hardcore and straight to the point, but there is so much more to an advocate than meets the eye. They are husbands, wives, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers. Although advocacy is never ending, at the end of the day, we too go home to our loved ones.

My best friend and fellow sister advocate Lee Roberts and I have spent a decade of working with some of the top influential advocates in the country. Each are remarkable and have so much more to offer, but sadly the public only gets to see one half of them. In an effort to raise money for child abuse organizations and Charleston, West Virginia homeless shelters, we proposed the question, “What is something in your life people would not really know?”

The goal was to unmask each advocate, as an individual, in a personal light with their family, friends and loved ones behind closed doors; allowing the public to see for the first time the individual behind the mask of an advocate.

We were presented with a collection of raw and unedited poems, short stories, thoughts and letters of beautifully penned stories of hope, loss, pain, healing, inspiration, love, sorrow, courage and strength. They illuminated the unexpected twists and turns of life’s hurdles that later become known as our blessings.

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Now, we invite you to share the personal stories and discover the extraordinary lives of the men and women who protect and serve our most precious; our children. Featured advocates are Patricia McKnight, Deana Dixon, Mark Palmer, Patrick Dati, Joshua Murphy, Mike Pistorino, Jane Lemond Alvarez and Mashanna Bachuss-Waggoner.

‘UnMasked’ is a book scheduled for release on February 14th, and will be available in 3 limited edition covers; featuring advocates and survivors Lee Roberts, Patricia ‘Trish’ McKnight and Mike Pistorino. ALL proceeds are being donated to charity. Paperbacks and eBooks will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Lulu, Smashwords and Northern Books Online Bookstore: http://northernbooks.weebly.com/.

Donna M. Kshir is a 15x bestselling author (2008-2016), publisher and columnist featured in over 50 books. She is a writer who seeks truth and justice for children exposed to abuse. She speaks out and writes against these injustices done onto children. Donna’s work has landed her on the Barnes and Nobles, and Amazon’s bestsellers list multiple times.

Donna is an activist. She used her influence in the growth of gaining national support (serving as president) for Michigan nonprofit Dreamcatchers for Abused Children from April 1, 2008 – February 13, 2015. On January 1, 2009, Donna created, produced and hosted Dreamcatchers Talk Radio; Michigan’s largest 24 hour child abuse internet radio educational network until she resigned in 2015 to become the face of Your Voice Radio’s popular show, Two Nana’s at Noon. She also used her influence in the growth of gaining national support for Conner’s Law, making child abuse by murder a violent crime in Kentucky. She united with Erin’s Law in 2013 and in June 2016 she and her best friend and sister advocate Lee Roberts co-founded Advocates United for Humanity. Donna is a member of the Nonfiction Authors Association, received the NNPAAW Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and a 2016 and 2018, 2019 nominee of the Pinnacle Awards and the 2019 Diamond Quill Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

​Donna writes under several pen names and advocates for those in need. She has spent much of her life dedicated to giving back to her community. Donna has volunteered her time and talents with various non-profit organizations over her lifetime, animal rights, volunteered at her children’s schools, in youth groups and gives of herself as she is able with God guiding her journey, as her health allows. She enjoys a quiet laid back lifestyle with her family!!

For more information, visit Donna’s official website at: www.donnakshir.weebly.com