"It was very difficult, too complicated to talk about in a small sound bite," she said. "My editor said to just write about it, you don't have to include it. But I decided to include it because I want other women in abusive relationships to know that it's not their fault and that it can happen to anyone."
With her first book is fresh on the market, she's already thinking about the possibility of another one.
"Now that I'm 70, I have bits of wisdom I can offer to a younger generation," she said. "It's not 'This is the way it has to be,' but 'This is my experience, I hope this helps you.'"
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.