Анна Вислоух

20160609_162821Людмила Шилина
Журналист, литературный редактор, писатель. Окончила экономический факультет Воронежского инженерно-строительного института, затем КЛМ при Литинституте, прошла повышение квалификации в МИПК им. Федорова. Работала в областных газетах Воронежа корреспондентом, редактором, сотрудничала с центральными СМИ, публиковалась в журнале МИД РФ «Русский век». Рассказы неоднократно публиковались в международном сборнике прозы «Белая скрижаль. Рассказы о любви», сборнике победителей всероссийского конкурса «Вселенная Учитель», альманахах «Пишущая Украина», «Русский Still», международном сборнике «Дневник поколения», в различных журналах. В 2014 году вошла в число финалистов международного конкурса «Русский Still» в номинации «Проза». Автор пяти книг: сборника рассказов «Заяц в детстве не труслив», которая в 2015 году была представлена на Лейпцигской книжной ярмарке, повести «Громкая тишина»/ «A Thunderous Silence» (под псевдонимом Анна Вислоух), приключенческих рассказов для детей по истории Воронежского края «Волшебная книга», биографической повести о народном учителе РФ «След человека на Земле», дневника-путеводителя по историческим и природным памятникам Воронежской области. В 2016 году участвовала во Втором международном книжном фестивале в Москве «Красная площадь» как один из представителей издательской системы Ridero.
Член Союза журналистов РФ, Международного Союза писателей «Новый современник», литературного объединения «Точки» при ВЛК (Литинститут им. Горького).

Liudmila Shilina
I am a journalist, literary editor and writer.
I am a graduate of the Economics department in Voronezh Engineering and Construction Institute and the literary classes at the Literary Institute, also she pursued vocational development at the Moscow Publishing and Polygraphic College named after Ivan Fedorov.
I worked in regional newspapers of Voronezh as a reporter and editor and collaborated with central mass media.
My works were published in the magazine of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation “Russian Century”.
My short stories were published in the international collection of stories “White Table. Stories of Love”, the collection of stories by the All-Russian contest winners “Teacher Universe”, almanacs “Ukraine Writing” and “Russian Still”, the international collection of stories “The Generation’s Diary”, and different magazines. In 2014 I became shortlisted in the international contest “Russian Still” in the Prose nomination.
I am the author of five books: a collection of short stories “A Hare is No Coward When Little” presented in 2015 at the Leipzig book fair, the novel “A Thunderous Silence” (under the penname of Anna Visloukh), adventure stories for children based on Voronezh region history “A Magic Book”, the biographic novel about a People’s Teacher of Russia “A Person’s Track on Earth”, and a diary guide for historical and natural monuments of Voronezh region.
In 2016 I took part in the 2nd international book festival in Moscow “Red Square” as a representative of the editorial system “Ridero”.
I am a member of Journalists’ Union of the Russian Federation, the International Writers’ Union “Novy Sovremennik” (‘New Contemporary’), the literary union “Points” at the Higher Literary courses by the Literary Institute named after Maxim Gorky.

Non-fiction “A Thunderous Silence

Synopsis for “A Thunderous Silence: Raising an autistic child. My true story” by Anna Visloukh (penname of Liudmila Shilina)

The author tells her own story: she gives birth to a boy, Tim, and in a while the parents come to realize their child is a ‘special’ one. As Tim is diagnosed with autism, the family faces serious problems, but the parents are determined to do everything to adapt him to society. On this way they come across many ordeals.

The hardest time comes when Tim starts school. He encounters the teacher’s hostility as she states the boy is uneducable and sends him to the Psychological-Medical-Pedagogical Commission. There the boy is said to have developmental delay and it is recommended he be transferred to a remedial class. But the parents choose home education instead, and meanwhile they proceed with the search for the school and the teacher that will be able to accept the child the way he is. They succeed in finding an alternative system of education, a school working in accordance with Waldorf pedagogical theory. At the same period of time they meet a psychologist who commends Tim’s intellect and abilities and gives them an unexpected piece of advice: to do anything to prevent school from ‘breaking’ Tim. Tim is to be no more than present in the class, and the parents are to ask the teachers to give him marks just so.

It is hard for the parents to understand and accept such behavior as it ruins their fundamental position in life, that good results in one’s studies must be a priority. They need lots of time and moral effort to finally realize that this piece of advice was not given in vain, it was well grounded.

During all these ordeals the parents come to faith in God that gives them support throughout the whole troublesome way of bringing up and educating their son. They meet people who leave a lasting impression on the boy’s life: these are teachers of music and art who discover Tim is gifted in these areas, these are priests and Russian Orthodox elders that denounce a creative future for the boy.

With the help of psychologists and psychiatrists, as well as clerics, the parents are able to support Tim’s love of music. They can already see a bright future awaiting their son: his concerts as an academic singer, concert halls full of fans, world fame.

But Tim announces he leaves college because academic singing is not his vocation. This is a real shock for the parents who have put so much effort in helping their son to enter this college. They insist he must continue his studies, as they are afraid he will be left without any education at all. These unsolvable psychological problems lead to Tim’s severe depression that comes as a serious blow to the family’s relatively quiet and established life. But nevertheless, all the family members manage to pass through this ordeal with dignity as they find moral support in their Faith.

Despite their disappointment, the parents are determined to support their son. With their help Tim still graduates from college with good results and gets ready to continue his education at the Music Production department at Full Sail University, USA. He enters the university successfully.

Tim composes music and lyrics for his own songs, arranges the songs himself, records his vocals in his sound studio, and even while he is a student yet he is commended for his creations by prominent figures in the world music business. His teacher Troy ‘Atom’ Frank, a composer, the author of sound tracks for theatrical and dance shows, who works for well-known musical labels and is also a member of the music competitions jury, congratulates Tim on his music and offers the boy his support in the songwriting career.

The book illustrates the long way Tim has made, with his family’s support, from an ‘uneducable’ child to a student of a prestigious American university. This experience will be useful for parents of ‘special’ children like Tim. But not only for these. The author breaks the stereotype many parents cherish: that a child must be no different from what they want him or her to be! Parents who tend to think are able not only to preserve their children’s trust and love but also to instill strong belief that their home and family is a place where they will always be understood and accepted in any case. The main idea of this book is that children must be given a chance to think and act differently.

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