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Synopsis: Mona Fay Cartman is an African-American baby boomer who lives with her family in a shabby house owned by a crooked landlord. At the age of six, Mona and her family move to a town called Mulberry fulfilling her father's dream, in contrast cultural changes for her become a living nightmare. Shortly after moving, Mona survives falling out of a fast moving car. Mocked by classmates, neglected by teachers, taunted by folklore, her most fearful imagination spins into what appears to be a lifelong sleep disorder. Mona senses someone holding her down, upon awakening she cannot move or say a word. Her mother calls it, "The Witch-that rides you." Others may know it as "The Old Hag." Throughout grammar school she depends on miracles to get her from grade to grade until one year her miracles run out. Her imaginary friend is better than anyone can imagine; however, Mona's real best friend is her cousin P.J. Mona bases her life on numerology; but the epitome of a blind date happens to be one number she doesn't see coming. He treats her like the "sandman," but to Mona, he is the real "bogeyman." As an adult she is still afraid of the dark. She attends church regularly but where is her faith? Mona is convinced ghosts, spirits, and demons are the actual paralyzing forces holding her down as she lays down to sleep. This new revelation helps her thoughts differ from her mother's folkloristic explanation, "The Witch-that rides you." Her medical manual describes this sleep disorder as cataplexy/sleep paralysis. Her Bible interprets it as "The Spirit of fear." Nevertheless, she believes both books are right. Some lessons come with time, others come with wisdom, but what has Mona Fay Cartman learned? Is it true, there is nothing to fear but fear itself?
About the Author: My name is Mona Patricia Green. I was born 1952 in New Brunswick, N.J. My parents are Reverend John L. Chambers and the late Vernella Chambers. When I was four year old we lived in Somerset N.J. In 1958 we moved to Metuchen N.J. in a house that was built brick by brick with my father?s hands. I am the oldest of four siblings, John L. Chambers Jr., Gwendolyn Chambers, and Casandra Chambers. I live in Plainfield with my husband Willie R. Green Jr. We have been married for thirty two years. Together we raised five children, Tyrone, Willie III, Jereme, Kyle and Ray. We also are the parents of five grandchildren. I have worked twenty years as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Runnells Specialized Hospital in Berkley heights. I am a member of North Stelton A.M.E. Church, located in Piscataway N.J. Dr. Kenneth L. Saunders, Pastor. "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep" is my first book. In the media I am featured on the health network of the Uncrowned Queens website: http://wings.buffalo.edu/uncrownedqueens/Mona?s story. October 1997 I began a journey of writing to bring my disturbing condition of sleep paralysis to an end. Many of the stories in "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" are actual experiences in my life. I believe this book will help many people realize they are not alone in experiencing this frightening sleep disorder. I also believe fear, anxiety, and worry can bring on the attacks of cataplexy/sleep paralyzes. Many people consider this condition a curse but doctors say it is a controllable, curable sleep disorder. My dream is to bring hope and light to their fears. Understanding the truth is one way to set victims free. Please Visit me at www.monagreen.com "The Curse of the Mosley Women: The Lyre", is my second coming novel. In the mean time?, ?Sweet Dreams?
Title: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
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