Janyne the Storyteller...


Storytelling is what I do. It is what I have always done. Some children make up stories to hide the truth of what they did. I made up stories to hide the truth of what others did to me. Totally different thing. My stories were so believable and brave that they even convinced me. I also wove the stories of my childhood into my attempts at making sense of those things that can never make sense to anyone, let alone a child. Then I taught Children's Literature for thirty-three years. My lapses into literature and fantasy have a long history.

I am also a writer. I did many things wonderful things in my life, but writing was the only thing I ever really longed to do. I wrote and wrote and wrote. I wrote as a course developer, I wrote speeches, I wrote poems, I wrote lengthy emails, and finally I wrote books--entire books. I was almost published once, but I am ever so grateful I wasn't because I had no idea what my story actually was. The title, Waiting for a Brain Transplant, amuses me because I subconsciously must have understood that my brain was working way too hard to live! The introduction was a dream and it is so delightful, I am making it available here. Now that I know my story, it is worth reworking.

Then I wrote a book about my family's years in the 4Generation House. I will always treasure those years in that great big house on the golf course. We have wonderful memories--but the strain probably started me down the path to The Couch

Then, the book upon which this website was originally built. It is conceptually all there but I cringe because it was my final attempt to live above the pain--the feelings. I Think. I Can. was my last ditch effort to suppress my feelings! I believe it can now be rewritten as: I Feel. I Think. I Can. It isn't nearly as catchy but it is what it should be.

I also wrote several blog posts based on the concept of I Think I Can. I have left them at the blog as a snapshot. I say great things in those blogs, but I was definitely avoiding the pain of my feelings!

And now. My story. It is no wonder I tried to avoid my feelings! They were all frozen in small traumatized children. Now healed, my story holds such value. I finally understand what it is that I was created to do--to be the storyteller! Now I can tell the truth of my own story for the purpose of encouraging others to heal their stories. 

Janyne, the Storyteller, is finally doing what she was born to do. I could have never imagined my writing would be traveling around the world. It is a great adventure. BRAVE certainly has wings!

Blue Surface

Janyne McConnaughey, Ph.D.

BRAVE Healing Childhood Trauma

"How I wish everyone could have access to this profound book as its message of healing and recovery are urgently needed in our world.”    -Susan Jenkins, Author

All information and resources at this website have been presented as part of my personal story and does not replace professional psychological care for mental health issues. The only legal and ethical advice I can offer is to seek professional help. 

If you have had or are having suicidal thoughts, please call: 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 


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