The emblem on the book cover of “Shrouded in Secrets, A Memoir of Hidden Treasures from Life-Altering Events," is taken from a wall sculpture created by artist, John Petrey, made of a ruffled metal bodice and softened skirt. It is expressive of Veronica K. Chilton’s riveting One Woman Journey about turning her wounds into wisdom, and tears into triumph. She survived life experiences of near death and redemption, wherein she faced peril, distress and trials for a higher purpose.
Veronica’s books chronicle transcending adversity from abusive relationships during childhood, including incest, betrayal and abandonment experiences arising from recovered repressed memories. As a result, she found her specialized brand of assertiveness and independence, which she teaches.
The top part of the book cover dress sculpture is constructed from Tiffany green patina textured copper, and oiled Lokta Nepalese paper with inlaid jute for the skirt. The designs are illustrative of the male/female aspects of Veronica’s readers and clients she refers to as Shield Maidens.
In the those inlaid jute square sections of the skirt as on the book covers are topics of revelatory dreams, twin womb survival, triangles, shadow identity, soul journey, assertiveness, inner healing work, caregiving, business challenges, honor and faith.
The Shield Maiden’s Woven Metal Threads of Resilience express the combined epitome of a Shield Maiden as vulnerable, but honest with their feelings of concern and disappointment, as well as that of ultimately possessing towering strength, insight and generosity of spirit.
Veronica's greatest aspiration is to watch Shield Maidens open up to discovering their individual True Images and Soul Missions, underneath the rubble of their struggles, the healing of grief, and coping with change, loss and recovery.
In addition to survivors seeking understanding and remedies, Veronica's books, including her inspirational guidebook, "The Shield Maiden's Handbook," are intended for social workers, therapists, medical health professionals, teachers, and any agency that works with offenders and/or victims.
“Shrouded in Secrets, A Memoir of Hidden Treasures from Life-Altering Events," and "The Priceless Truth, a Bold Examination of Betrayal Domestic Violence, Deaths and the Opioid Crisis," are both an authentic sharing of overcoming tragedy in Veronica’s life. Loss of innocence at a very young age, physical and domestic abuse, loss of family to separation, history of unhealthy adult relationships, defeat and change at every passage color her memoirs as a means to coach Shield Maidens universally. Her comprehensive guidebook, "The Shield Maidens Handbook, An Invaluable Guide to Healthy Boundaries, Improved Self-Esteem, Assertiveness and Forgiveness Techniques for Survivors" round out Veronica's bold destiny in the series.
“Shrouded in Secrets” also depicts a measure of Veronica as a female first-born child, and then as the woman who was cut off from her emotional memories relating to the serial childhood abuse she sustained at the hands of her parents. Likewise, Shield Maidens, as adults can connect with their own traumatic memories too difficult to traverse while in childhood.
Do you need to feel heard and understood?
Are you strong in your self-esteem?
Or has your pain and heartache imprisoned you?
Are your hopes and dreams not yet realized?
Have you had a lifetime of constant challenges?
Are you desirous of genuine, solid professional support?
If you answered yes to any of those questions or can relate to the premise of her books, you have come to right place. Veronica is here to assist you in your journey.
Shield Maidens can become freed in the grieving process.
You can release resentment, blame and anger to open the door for blessings,
rise up and be spirited, and learn to stand up for yourself,
gift the treasure of forgiveness to yourself and others,
learn to love and trust; and
adopt the belief that the best is yet to come!
With her book renderings, and with just the right blend, she humbly embraces the mantle as a Truth Seeker/Soul Keeper, leader of Shield Maidens. Her Shield Maiden Movement is tailored on their behalf to take charge of their lives, having liberated herself to guide others from a sense of despair into empowerment through becoming sovereign, and having the courage to properly speak their truth.
Veronica graduated and so can you, dear Shield Maidens, from a stigmatized shame-based personality full of unworthiness to one of self-actualization. As a vanquisher of mistreatment, from having no boundaries to creating healthy ones, from being codependent to interdependent, Veronica wishes to influence Shield Maidens positively to become sanctioned. With professional assistance, Shield Maidens can bring forth an educated consciousness in discharging the past, and in possibly holding perpetrators accountable in a confident manner.
“As an authority in surmounting difficulties in life, and in challenging my fears in life, my goal is to empower Shield Maidens with practical information that can be immediately applied on a regular basis. To overcome tragedy and loss, Shield Maidens can first courageously take the sound steps to become psychologically healthy, to reclaim their lives, and to practice faith in themselves. Thereby, Shield Maidens will achieve a state of balance and peace of mind going forward in life.” Inspirational quote by Veronica K. Chilton
The original Shield Maidens were female Viking warriors who shed blood on the battlefield. In this world-bettering movement and cause, we as modern-day Shield Maidens wear an invisible armored dress of safeguard.
Veronica calls upon Shield Maidens everywhere to rise up with their invisible shields of protection, learn to become proactive, and believe in the miracle of healing despite tremendous odds. Veronica’s heart-centered pledge is to make a positive difference in Shield Maiden’s lives.
With the courage of men and our matchless spirits, stimulated we can use strategies of healthy limits, assuredly speaking our truth without fear of retribution. No longer defined by the males in our lives, we will defend our honor and our homes, commanding our presence. We can be a source of inspiration to our friends, families and younger generations by putting down the sword or spear, emerging powerful and feminine in positive negotiations to illicit win-win solutions in reconciliation. Within this Teutonic shift, we have reached a time with Veronica’s and other stories shining a spotlight on abuse and resultant healing as newsworthy and socially germane.
Clear set perimeters and what we are willing to tolerate create our blessed rights and freedoms in this age of #MeToo, 2017 Time’s Magazine Person of the Year – the Silence Breakers, the Time’s Up Movement, #WasMe, and #BelieveHer movements, all galvanized by women as forces of nature.