Smart women also get abused. Strong women. Women like me. I never thought that was possible, but now I know that it is, that the right sociopath or narcissist can fool and manipulate even the most intelligent and successful of women. I hope that people can respect me for being honest about that, too. The only thing left to do is ride it out and try to heal from all of it and make some sort of a life for myself from the wreckage. Mamiverse: You are always writing something: what is your next project? Valdes: I’m working on a novel based upon my father’s life. I’m also producing a film adaptation of my first novel, The Dirty Girls Social Club. Those are eating up most of my time. I’m toying with releasing an e-book “afterward” to the memoir, explaining how the relationship turned clearly abusive, and how I finally came to see just how stupid I’d been. I’m not sure anyone will want to read it. I’m not sure if it won’t just give the hatemongers more ammunition to attack me with. I don’t know.