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  • Amber Trainer writes under the pen name “A.K. Mills,” which is her grandmother’s name. She has penned three novels under the pseudonym.
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    Amber Trainer writes under the pen name “A.K. Mills,” which is her grandmother’s name. She has penned three novels under the pseudonym.
  • “Four individuals. One hospital ignoring the truth. In this case, what you don’t know can kill you.” “The Snow White Effect” is set to release March 27.
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    “Four individuals. One hospital ignoring the truth. In this case, what you don’t know can kill you.” “The Snow White Effect” is set to release March 27.

Local Author A.K. Mills Is Ready To Release Third Novel

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February 6, 2018

"The Snow White Effect" Is Mills' Most Personal Story Yet

When Amber Trainer and her sisters dug up the time capsule they buried in the late ‘90s, she was surprised by something inside.

“When we dug it up, it said that I would hopefully have published my first book,” Trainer said. “I don’t ever remember writing that.”
 
In March, Trainer’s third published book will hit the shelves.
 
“The Snow White Effect” is more serious than Trainer’s previous books. It is told through four characters who are all in some way involved with power morcellation procedure, a technique used in minimally invasive gynecologic procedures.
 
The four characters include a woman who goes through with the procedure, a man who lost his wife to the procedure, a doctor and a woman who is considering the procedure.
 
Trainer’s inspiration for the novel came from her own tragic experience with the procedure. After Trainer’s sister underwent a total laparoscopic hysterectomy, her cancer was upstaged and made worse. She passed away in May 2017.
 
“When she was diagnosed, I couldn’t do anything. I didn’t really understand,” Trainer said.
 
Trainer’s sister and her husband, who both worked in the medical field, went to the Food and Drug Administration and fought to ban the procedure. Their campaign received national attention in 2013.
 
“I didn’t want to come across as being preachy or ‘this is wrong,’” Trainer said. “I wanted people to come to their own conclusions.”
 
Sometimes there is a disconnect between people and their medical care, Trainer said. Her goal with the novel was to teach people to take a more personal approach with their medical care.
 
“The one thing I learned through my sister’s care was it’s OK to ask questions and not just blindly trust your doctors,” Trainer said. “I’m not saying that doctors are bad. It’s just to say it’s OK to ask questions and understand that doctors are not infallible, they’re not perfect. They’re people who do the best they can with the knowledge they have, and sometimes that falls short and people suffer.”
 
Trainer said writing the book was therapeutic and gave her a better appreciation of her own life.
 
“It was good to write because I wanted to do my part,” Trainer said. “If I could raise some money, if I could get the word out, then that’s great.”
 
After her sister’s diagnosis, Trainer and her family started a nonprofit called Slay Sarcoma Research Initiative in 2015. Its goal is to find a cure for leiomyosarcoma. A portion of the proceeds from “The Snow White Effect” will be donated to the nonprofit, Trainer said.
 
Though “The Snow White Effect” is a standalone novel, Trainer’s other two books center around the same character. “The Parts I Remember” and “The Parts That Follow” tell a coming-of-age story about a girl who goes to college and learns the realities of her innocent, carefree behavior.
 
If you search for Amber Trainer, it’s likely that her novels won’t be in the results. She writes under the pseudonym “A.K. Mills,” her grandmother’s name.
 
“I like the anonymity of it. I can write as one person, and then I can still be myself,” Trainer said.
 
“The Snow White Effect” is set to release March 27. To learn more about the author, visit www.byakmills.com.

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