Shelley Stoehr's Author Newsletter

Interview With a Cutter

March 24, 2005

This is an interview I did recently with a fifteen year old girl named Nicky who self injures, she wanted to share her experiences:

1. How old were you when you first began cutting?
i began at 12 years old

2. Do you remember your first experience cutting? yes
What brought it on? i have had some problems with my weight for years
recently i found out it was due to a condition i have called PCOS Poly
Cystic Ovaries. What did you cut with a kitchen knife but know i use a
razor. and why? i just felt the sudden urge to cut i don't know why i
did it. How did it make you feel? at first relieved then i wanted to do
more.. and more.

3. Have you ever tried to stop cutting? yes If so, what
have you tried and has it worked at all? yes i have and it doesn't
work i don't really have will power i tried throwing blades away but i
found more , i always Find something to cut with i get desperate
and break glasses..

4. What triggers your self injuring? if i have a particular bad
with someone or if i get depressed or if i have had a very UNpleasant

5. What are some other things you think would help
you cope? there is a thing called a 'happy box' you are supposed to put
things in that make you smile , then when you get the
urge to cut you look in there and all your feelings dissapear , i have
tried this yet but i am hoping to set aside some time to do so.

6. does anyone know you're a cutter? If so, what are
the reactions? my best friends know they were shocked at first but
support me in any way they can and will do anything to help me. My
know (close family mum dad brothers etc..) but they barely acknowledge
and do not say anything if they notice recent or fairly recent cuts.

7. How do you feel about being a cutter? Does it
make you feel embarrassed? Ashamed? Proud? In
control? Out of control? i feel a little embarrassed and ashamed about
i do.. and in control but after i feel stupid i get around an hour of
feelings then i just plummet.

8. Is there anyone close to you with whom you can
talk about your problems? yes my best friends are always there and have
saved my life.. if it weren't for them i would not be alive. Have you
tried using
some of the online bulletin boards to talk about your
feelings and cutting? yes it has helped very much i use a website
Psyke it can be found at

9. Please share anything else you have to say about
self injuring, for other SI's or people interested in
helping a friend or family member with SI. : please do not ignore it as
makes it worse , alternatively do not harrass the person who SI's do
check for marks or throw razors / knives away. treat them normally and
regularly if they would like to talk about it , if they don't please do
push the subject as it can be very awkequerd(Sp?) and potentially
embarrassing. And for other Si's i can't really think of anything to
right now.. but here is my email address and i hope you will add me to
or email me as i want to help as much as i can :

Selected Works

MG fiction: Izzy and bff Seven (whose name was supposed to have been “Steven”, but the “t” was left off his birth certificate) set out to rescue a dog, Bone, from its abusive owner. Although they fail repeatedly, they cannot stop trying – though Izzy wonders why not. What's so important that they have to risk "life and limb" to save this dog? But then Izzy learns a truth about Seven, a reality that is so horrible, she realizes it isn’t only Bone who needs saving – it is Seven.
Young Adult Fiction
A dangerous secret… Sixteen-year-old Kyra is odd. She can “mind-speak” with her adoptive father. She has no recollection of anything about her life before age ten. One leg is so badly damaged she has to walk with a brace. And all she wants in her junior year of high school is to be cool. Instead, she becomes a werewolf… Suddenly, a madman is hunting Kyra with plans to use her as his lab rat. A big grey werewolf is killing humans in her town. And worse, her adoptive father might be dating her biological mother. Torn among allegiances to her father, her newly discovered family, and the werewolf pack, Kyra must learn to control the beast within and find a way to stop the madman who threatens to destroy them all. A horrifying act… Selene is a beautiful, tough punk-rocker leader of the meanest gang in school—and a werewolf through and through. She is on the top of the world and plans to stay there. Then Selene kills a human and unleashes a murderous rage that threatens to turn her into a mindless, violent beast. Terrified of what she might become, Selene runs away. Now, far from home in the company of killer werewolves, Selene must run again. She must find a way to regain her humanity. And she must do it quickly, because someone is following her…
Nancy and Katie are best friends with one big thing in common -- they both cut themselves, “Not by accident, we do it purposely -- and regularly -- because physical pain is comforting, and because now it has become a habit.”
When sixteen-year-old Tracey runs away she finds that making ends meet in New York City for a young girl with few real skills is nearly impossible.
“I’ve discovered that if you wear a big enough hat, no one worries much about what’s going on inside your head,” says Cary. And no one, not even her boyfriend, Danny, knows about the things inside Cary’s head. Especially the feelings she has for Wendy, a girl with bright green hair and hard-candy sadness in her eyes.

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