One Step Ahead of the Devil
Hi! I'm S. Melissa Hausen - "Lissa" for short. Welcome to my website.
Did you ever find yourself involved in something way over your head? I did. Once. It wasn't something I could avoid, though. I found myself in a situation where my husband's life depended on me. Oh, boy, I thought. This is not good! Nobody ever takes me seriously! Example: Sales people would call the house and ask me, "Is your mommy home?" To which I would usually answer, "NO!" and hang up. When things got tough, I escaped into humor. (Still do.) So there I was, faced with something impossible, asking, "Who, me?"
I think people don't really know what they are capable of until they find themselves in an impossible situation. They will either break or grow. I wasn't sure whether I'd succeed or if the pressure would crush me, but I had to try to save David. The ensuing battle made history. Literally. I've written about this in my book One Step Ahead of the Devil. This battle involved the Pentagon, Congress, National Security and the President of the United States. It was later reported by ABC News, which did an extensive investigation into what happened.
After it was all over, I went into writing humor in order to survive emotionally. It was sixteen years before I was able to write about the events that thrust me into the midst of national politics. Frankly, I was afraid to write about it. The battle had been like having a tiger by the tail: you don't let go or the tiger will get you. I was free and safe. I didn't' want to take the tiger by the tail again.
But sometimes we must tell our story in order to help others find victory. I had found a way through a minefield of dangers. I needed to leave a map for others. So I went ahead and wrote about it. I have presented it as we lived it: with suspense. Afterward, I contacted Sam Donaldson of ABC and asked if he would write a review. He did, verifying that these things really did happen.
Many who have read about what I did to save David have called this a powerful love story. And that is what it is.
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