Twelve Roses For Uretta - Arlene R. Crenshaw

This is an emotional story about a woman's struggle with domestic violence and the secret her daughter who tells the story never got to tell her mother before her mother's untimely death.
BPM: Tell us about your latest release, Twelve Roses For Uretta.

The Book is called "Twelve Roses for Uretta" This is a true story of a mother's struggle with domestic violence, while trying to raise her eight children. This story is told through the eyes of Uretta's daughter (Erica) who carried the burden of not being able to help her mother because she was just too young, plus Erica's own secret she was never able to tell her mother' before her mother's untimely death.

Intimate Conversation with Arlene R. Crenshaw - (This information is from Black Pearls Magazine)

BPM: What specific situation prompted you to write your book?

My story is a true story and after the death of my mother, life was never the same for me again. For years I suffered with depression and anxiety because of my past. Finally one day I decided it was time to take control of my life and by doing that it prompted me to write my book "Twelve Roses For Uretta." The book tells of the domestic abuse my mother endured from her husbands, and the secret her daughter Erica never got to tell her before her untimely death. The more I wrote my story the more I began to feel better about life. I started to notice that all the pain that was embedded within me and even the things in my life I blocked out, was now coming out and I felt renewed, then a sense of healing within. After all the adversity I had been through in my life, I was now starting to live my life, and know I live my life beyond adversity.

BPM: Who do you want to reach with Twelve Roses For Uretta and the message within?

My book also brings about awareness to a problem that exists sometimes right under our noses, and many just ignore it sometimes to the point that it's to late to recover. There are a lot of people that would like to ignore that domestic violence is present in their lives or a loved ones. I grew up around it, I've met many women who have gone through it and I know many who still do endure domestic violence everyday. My message is that love shouldn't hurt, anyone who loves you wouldn't do anything to damage you in anyway whether it's mental or physically. Love shouldn't hurt.

BPM: How will reading your book shape the readers lives?

I hope by reading my story that it helps someone to think twice about being in a relationship that involves domestic violence and my greatest hope is that an abuser reads this novel and changes his or her ways...because you know that an abuser does not always have to be male. Love shouldn't hurt.

BPM: What are some of their specific issues or problems addressed in this book?

Two specific issues are "warning signs" most abusers love to be in "control" and they'll work day and night on your "self-esteem" trying to destroy what ever fight or little fight you have to stand up for yourself, and break you down to your lowest point. Do not allow anyone to take your power.

BPM: Share with us your latest news or upcoming book releases.

I have a new book coming out July 2010, called "Hidden Closets" a book of fictional short stories. The stories will hit close to home for many! This book journeys into the minds of people with jaw dropping hidden secrets. They never want people to know about their REAL side, for fearing of being exposed to their real truths. Visit my website for excerpts and other news.

BPM: How can our readers reach you online?

Readers can reach me at, arlene crenshaw@facebook, and my website is I also post a daily quote on Facebook and Blogger I call it "My quote of the day" which I share everyday. I try my best to inspire people to believe in themselves and to let no obstacle stand in their way, no matter how difficult life or challenges in life may seem.


  1. Thank you so much Lindar for posting me on you're blog I am so grateful for being on you're blog and the experience...Stay Blessed!!!

  2. Arlene, you are very welcome. I am excited about your book and all of the many lives that it will impact. I also enjoy reading your quotes of the day on fb. ;)


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