Episode 224 – BA Crisp the author who helps to combat anti-human trafficking
BA Crisp was raised by her loving grandfather as a young child. He had been a electrical engineering subcontractor for the largest nuclear reactor testing site on the planet. Crisp inherited his curiosity for electricity, science fiction and the supernatural from her grandfather. She was removed from her grandfather's care by the county authorities, by the age of six. The authorities mistakenly considered his cigars, scotch and philosophy as too inappropriate for child rearing.
A ward of the state
BA Crisp would grow up as a ward of the court and become a foster child. Reading books and keeping journals as a form of escape. Until her “father” was awarded sole custody of his child. During the late 1970’s, they moved to a remote Ohio farm. As time passed new DNA tests revealed that the man she always thought of as her ‘dad’, was clearly not. Once again BA Crisp was thrust back into the juvenile court system. She was also labeled as unruly. Social workers discovered she had been a victim of human trafficking (back then it was still considered willful participation).
It is little wonder that she graduated from high school with a low C average. Crisp spent the next few years floundering her way through a series of misaligned relationships, bars and bad decisions. Until one evening a former friend of her grandfather's ended up paying a visit to a strip club, where she had been working as a dancer. With his guidance and support, she applied to Ursuline College and also graduated Summa cum Laude.
The gift of knowledge
BA Crisp got her master’s degree from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management as co-valedictorian. She studied at London School of Journalism before heading to Exeter College at Oxford University. Where she matriculated from the International Summer Students’ Writing Program.
Crisp also worked as a Psychiatric Assessment Specialist for a large Cleveland based hospital in its mental health facility. The facility primarily dealt with the ‘criminally insane.’ Yet she also had a gift for working with troubled adolescents. BA Crisp eventually built a career as a governmental consultant and as an anti-human trafficking advocate.
In 2019, Red Bird, the first installment of BA Crisp's The Quanta Chronicles, was born. Her book is also loosely based on true events. It follows Samantha Ryan Blake, the ultimate anti-hero foster child. Who is forced to reconcile science with the sacred in her own way. With the help of her ‘tribe’ of eleven globally diverse, troubled young adults brought together at a secret governmental facility during the 1980's. This is done as part of an experiment that involves ‘species enhancement. Samantha Ryan Blake then struggles to make sense of her world and to also find her way to freedom within the confines of a growing ‘otherworldly’ threat.
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