Troubador Out of the Flames

Released: 29/07/2019

eISBN: 9781838599966

Format: eBook

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Out of the Flames

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Following the ‘compelling and powerful’ Into the Flames comes Stephanie Jones’ final steps towards completing her transition and embracing her true gender identity. 

Out of the Flames picks up where Into the Flames left off, describing the ups, downs, challenges and triumphs that transitioning presents. In many respects, it is the Yang to Into the Flames’ Yin, the positive to the negative, the light to the dark. Reflecting on how a person adjusts and settles into a new gender role, Stephanie discusses the importance of offering help and guidance to those embarking on their own journeys of transition, and of passing on knowledge gained from her own experiences. 

Humorous and heartfelt in equal measure, Out of the Flames is a story with hope at its core. Written from the perspective of an individual who has successfully negotiated the NHS gender pathway, it aspires to show the reader that despite how dark and difficult things can get, there’s always a way through, always a way to climb back up and start living a full and contented life. 

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Stephanie Jones

I was born in the February of 1966 in Cwm Clydach in the Rhondda, the youngest of three children, happily growing up there until I left school aged 18 and followed my parents to live in Newquay West Wales. Over the next 5 years a variety of jobs followed until I decided to join the fire service, joining Dyfed County Fire Brigade in June1987 as a retained firefighter before then joining as a whole time firefighter in March1989. I was initially stationed in Pembrokeshire at Milford Haven before being posted to Aberystwyth Fire station in the August of 1989. I retired as a station manager after 29 years service and now live in the Swansea area after moving there in 2016. In that time I experienced all the highs and lows a long career in an emergency service can provide, ranging from the incredibly rewarding and uplifting to the deeply challenging and traumatic.

I was married for 22 years and have two terrific grown up sons, Nathan and Joshua. At the age of 50 after a lifelong struggle I made the life changing decision to finally accept who I truly was, embrace my true gender and begin the transitional journey that would lead me to becoming Stephanie. This journey is ongoing and by no means complete and I suspect it never will be, but after an initially daunting and anxious period I now live my life as Stephanie, complete with the many varied challenges and new experiences that transition brings. What was a secure, structured and stable life had been replaced with insecurity, unpredictability and instability, but Im fighting to regain control of this life and Im succeeding. The life I live now is an honest one and critically one that reflects who I am, I'm rebuilding and I continue to strive for and create a new life from the ashes of the old.

I have used my experiences and knowledge to write these two heartfelt books, creating these has been a hugely cathartic process in my life and helped me calm those choppy and unpredictable waters, I now use that experience to deliver talks to various groups in the hope of raising and promoting transgender awareness and understanding. I hope to inspire and help others by providing insights into my journey, and perhaps show that it is possible to navigate your way through the flames and emerge a more contented and peaceful person.


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