‘You may think I am tough and hard-hearted - but I wasn’t always this way. I had to grow strong to fight my enemies. Don’t judge me until you hear the whole story and then you’ll know why I became a warrior.’
To the outside world, Dawn McConnell led a charmed early life. The youngest of three children, her parents ran a successful business in Scotland, affording them the luxury of holidays abroad, private education and good clothes.
But behind the perfect façade lurked a dark and shocking secret.
Dawn's older brother John started sexually abusing her when she was just five years old and he, a 14-year-old teenager. It went on until John left home but by then, it was already too late - Dawn had shut down emotionally.
At 14, she caught the eye of Stuart Kelly, a local gangster and married dad-of-two, who groomed her into becoming his mistress.
His suspicious wife alerted the police but Dawn was already under Stuart’s spell and at 15 she ran away from home. The following year she gave birth to their son Callum. But far from enjoying the happy, settled life Stuart had promised, she was now thrown into the criminal underworld.
Dawn was forced to work all hours in bars and hostels for drug addicts, rapists and murderers while Stuart ran his crooked property empire with his brother. She struggled to bond with her son and suffered regular violence at the hands of her bullying husband. But all the while, she grew in confidence as a businesswoman and vowed one day to take revenge on the men who had ruined her life.
Could she do it? Did she have the courage and determination to beat them?
One thing was certain – this high stakes game of cat and mouse would take her to the very brink of ruin.
I Own You is the incredible true story of how one abused little girl grew up to be a warrior.
Katy Weitz believes that most people have an extraordinary story to tell and she specialises in bringing them to the public's attention. She started her career as a Feature Writer on the national newspapers 18 years ago and within a few short years, rose to become Features Editor. In 2005 she left to set up her own real-life story agency First Features Ltd and since then has sold stories to all parts of the national and international press as well as television. With a remarkable empathy for her clients, she quickly saw that some had stories which couldn’t be told completely in 1500 w...
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Dawn McConnell today cuts an impressive figure as the successful head of an online retail business in her native Scotland. Living with second husband Bryce, the love of her life, Dawn enjoys a close relationship with her grown up son Callum. But life wasn’t always good for Dawn and her incredible journey from abused young girl to teen mum, through the criminal underworld to freedom is a testament to her tenacity, strength and courage. The memoir I Own You is her true story.
Though Dawn is not her real name – her identity has to be concealed f...
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