Royersford, PA, June 21, 2013—Kim Lehman never had to deal with the types of bullying issues kids face today in schools and on social media, but when she sat down to begin RIGHTEOUS, her recently-released, debut novel, bullying was exactly the type of subject matter she wanted to write about.
“I wanted to create a story that was real and current,” says Lehman. “And my goal was to develop a main character that dealt with the social issues in a strong but vulnerable way that, I hope, teens can relate to.”
With the growth of social media, bullying and cyber-bullying have become more prevalent in today’s society. According to cyberbullying statistics from the i-SAFE foundation, fifty-percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same percentage have engaged in cyberbullying.
Bullying is one of the many social issues in RIGHTEOUS that Lehman hopes readers pick up on and learn from. “If nothing else,” she says, “the story helps to raise awareness, and awareness is the first step for change.”
Kim Lehman is a former business professional who spent fifteen years working at an advertising firm and a Fortune 500 company before deciding to take the plunge, leave her job, and pursue her longtime dream of becoming an author. Currently she lives in a rural town outside of Philadelphia, with her husband and their thirteen-year-old Cocker Spaniel.
RIGHTEOUS is Lehman’s first novel; a coming-of-age story about friendships, love, and self-discovery. The book is available in paperback and e-book and can be found online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iTunes iBookstore.
For more information about RIGHTEOUS, to schedule interviews, and/or book-signings visit www.KimLehman.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sources: i-Safe.org, bullyingstatistics.org