PEE DEE PROFILE: Journal of heartbreak becomes a book for Whitney Davis
FLORENCE, S.C. — Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for Whitney Davis after all.
Davis, 32, had submitted a potential book for publication to a publishing house several weeks or months before Friday, April 13, 2018.
“I was in the car driving and I saw the number come across my radio screen,” Davis said. “I’m like I don’t know if I should get this but I ended up pulling over and I remember his words exactly, he goes, ‘Hey, Whitney.’ I’m like, ‘Yes, Bob. Sure.’”
He goes, ‘Well, congratulations,’ and I’m like I can feel the relief pouring out,” Davis said.
The date, Friday the 13th, had made her nervous that she was going to suffer more heartbreak.
Heartbreak plays a large part in her book.
During a four-year period, Davis experienced a sexual assault and a miscarriage among other things.
“My book is mainly about the obstacles that I overcame through a period in my life when I was finding myself,” Davis said. “The obstacles range from a miscarriage—losing a child— and goes as far as sexual assault. There’s a lot of little events and mishaps that lead to those things.”
She said the darkest period for her was coming home from the hospital after she had suffered a miscarriage.
“Coming home after being in the hospital, you’ve got the nursery all set up, you’ve got the crib, and you come home and you walk past the room and you see the baby’s room all put together and you have no baby,” Davis said. “It was going to be a boy. I was 28 weeks pregnant when it happened.”
Davis said her secret to making it through was perseverance— not giving up.
“There were dark days where you just wanted to give up,” She said. “I went through a very serious time of depression where I just didn’t want to eat, didn’t want to talk to nobody. I just secluded myself.”
Davis said she turned to God and began praying. She later said she attends Mount Moriah Christian Church in Johnsonville.
“It was a long process” getting her book published, Davis said. “It’s partly my fault as to why it was so long because I was very hesitant at first. It was some of my deepest, most personal moments of how I felt about how things had happened.”
Davis also was worried about silent judgment.
Once she got started, her potential book was submitted to publishing houses.
Her boyfriend, Joshua White, had come across the journal and encouraged her to submit it.
“I never planned for it to be a book,” Davis said. “I kept a journal based on how I felt about the events that I experienced.”
Her book, “Beauty in My Brokenness,” was published in late February and is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Davis plans to hold a book signing on April 6 at Johnsonville Middle School. She plans to discuss the book and read excerpts of the book.