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About the Book
A gripping and emotional but seriously flawed life of one family’s will to survive alone together, off-the-grid, while braving the wilderness with courage to survive and with a desire to defy the odds to remain alive – all based on a true story.
Beautiful Prison is a story of family suffering from domestic abuse by a manipulative and abusive father who isolates his family into the wild untamed Idahoan Mountains. The incredible true story portrays the lessons learned through the eyes of childhood emotional neglect from an emotionally immature parent and how eight siblings who survived an unspeakable childhood found the road back from surviving the forest.
One mother discovers all that’s wrong with the spiral of toxic events which led to the ultimate survival of her children and why a meaningful life is not supposed to be this way. Running on empty, she learned how to stop doubting and do what it takes to reverse childhood adversity and promote self healing through self-discovery.
About the Author
Michael Lechner lived his early years during 1997 to 2001 in the secluded mountains of Idaho. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and the author of Beautiful Prison. Beautiful Prison is the story of Michael’s childhood during his four-year isolation in the Idahoan Wilderness.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
Beautiful Prison is the story of my childhood when my father uprooted my family from the Florida suburbs to be relocated in the mountains of Idaho. We lived secluded from civilization for four years with no running water, electricity, and education. During our time on the mountain, we learned how to survive in almost complete isolation. When we first moved to Idaho, my family of eight was already struggling but the mountain tested us even more. All of us lived in a three-man tent while my dad constructed a “cabin” for us to live in. It was a single room, un-insulated shack only measuring 24×14 feet. We experienced long, hard winters, hunger, childbirth, and determination to survive.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
The story is about our survival and how we managed to escape the abuse we suffered at the hands of my father. This is a cautionary tale for anyone half-haphazardly considering a life off the grid. I believe my story exemplifies all obstacles can be overcome with hope, determination, and resilience.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors to choose from, which are your favourite and why?
Growing up without electricity made reading one of the few leisures in our very busy lives. Reading was mainly done at the end of the day by candle and lamp light. I found the fantasy of Tolkien and Beowulf to be the most enjoyable tales. In every direction I was surrounded by endless forests that left my childish imagination run wild. I felt like the adventures told in these epics were something I could relate to.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new to the writing work, or who was trying to enhance their craft or business?
Don’t ever let anyone or any obstacle prevent you from telling your story. I had to make up several years of education and normal social behavior before I could tell mine. If I would have used my unfortunate life as an excuse, my story would have died with me.