LISA BLUME has been a principal and executive producer of public service media and research projects for more than thirty years, to create public awareness, influence policy change, and provide outreach on social issues and basic needs for vulnerable populations in the US and around the world. Her projects have focused on world hunger and related global disease, poverty, conflict, genocide, and environmental issues; hunger in America and child and maternal health, including prenatal care, breastfeeding, nutrition, and school food programs; diversity, positive outcomes, and critical research in public education and higher education; blood donation and bone marrow donor registration; prevention of underage drinking and tobacco use; breast cancer prevention and treatment; visual impairment and hospital care for the poor; environmental protection from air pollution and energy conservation issues; job training and workplace equality; and other socially beneficial efforts.
Her projects have been supported in the past by the White House, which praised her for the example of generosity she set for her fellow Americans; members of Congress, including for her proposals to address increasing public health threats; local governments, including for her executive production of PSAs designed to appeal to different ethnic groups and to all economic groups; and organizations, including for her executive production of PSAs described as setting a new standard for the industry. Her public service campaigns have been honored by Women in Film Nell Shipman Awards, Addy Awards, Telly Awards, National Health Information Awards, Halo Awards, Summit Creative Awards, the New York Festivals, London International Advertising Awards, Global Awards, International Broadcasting Awards and others.
In recent years, her primary focus has been on issues of global sustainability and ensuring basic needs, rights, and protection for all children. She has travelled around the nation and the world meeting with numerous individuals, organizations and agencies related to these issues. She testified twice in 2018 and once in 2019 at Washington Senate Hearings on child sexual abuse.
This is the author’s first novel. She lives with her husband in Seattle.
Excerpt from Acknowledgements, by Lisa Blume
“My inspiration for Little Girl Leaving has been, quite simply, all children. Not just in families of origin, families of choice and related families, but all children, everywhere. Ultimately, they are what gives me hope. Many friends, colleagues, professionals and family members in the above all-encompassing sense, both living and dead, have loved me and supported me over the years. A distinct salute needs to be given to the many survivors who’ve helped me. You all know who you are.
Last, but certainly not least, my thanks to all the readers, now and in the future, of Little Girl Leaving. I hope this novel will help adults to experience life as a very young child who needs them does.”
Excerpt from Afterword, by Kerry J. Todd, MSW, LICSW
“The author is a survivor of child sexual abuse. Only a survivor could write this novel. Writers bring their own experience to fiction in varying degrees and ways. However, the author intends to maintain a boundary between her personal experience and her work as an author. I fully support this. The boundaries a survivor may require about revealing or discussing the specifics of their personal experiences are the decision of the survivor. This needs to be respected so as to not contribute to re-victimization or further trauma. It is also essential to the author that the novel is the focus of the reader. The true story it is based on is in many ways a composite of the true story of countless survivors. The author’s goal in the novel is to present a universal depiction of child abuse and to fully capture the child’s view. As a clinician, I’ve heard hundreds of accounts of abuse from young children. I do not believe I have ever seen a piece of literature on these issues written solely from the point of view of a very young child, in the first person, present tense. The author’s ability to immerse the reader in the child’s world is unique.”