True life story going to the big screen

By Samantha Jordan – bio| email

BEN WHEELER, TX (KLTV)-  An East Texas author's work is making it to the big screen.

John Borgstedt wrote the book, "I Love You Mom, Please Don't Break My Heart," documenting his childhood journey through physical, mental, and emotional abuse.

"The name of the book came from a card that I wrote her when I was about four and I still have that card today," said John Borgstedt, author.

A book inspired by his true life story about his childhood filled with neglect and abuse, John  said his mission in life now is to help kids who find themselves with no one to turn to.

While John had no family to turn to growing up one woman never lost faith in him.

"John was one of those kids that not many people cared much for, but he had a very big heart," said Lori Withrow, John's mentor.

Currently he's a motivational speaker and author, but soon he'll be adding another title to his resume thanks to the people at Hearstone Pictures.

"We think that a feature film based on his life and what he's trying to do with his life could be of benefit to kids that he's trying to help," said Sondra Martin Hicks, Heartstone Pictures.

And while his grim past has paved the way for his present and future he said he couldn't have done it alone.

"I just think that God has helped me get to where I am because he knew that there's a leader born everyday," said Borgstedt, "do we know where our spot as being a leader is no, but I feel that he knew that I had more fight in me than anyone else."

Right now, the movie is in pre-production, and is expected to start filming in about six months.

For more information about John Borgstedt go to his web site or email him at

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