Hello Dear Readers! Well, I didn’t really want to allow this to turn into shameless self-promotion, but then I was thinking that there really are some people out there who could be helped by this book I have written. It is a memoir, 200 pages and is available at amazon.com or for order at any Canadian Chapters, Coles or Indigo book store. The book began when I was just 20 (I am 44 now.) I basically wanted to sit down and teach myself to become a writer and I figured the best way I could do this would be to first write about myself, because people are more comfortable talking about themselves. When I speak of this it makes me think of advice I got in dating from my older brother to let women talk about themselves no matter how disinterested you may be. So anyhow, I started to write this book in short stories and it changed and morphed a lot over the years. The first one to read the early drafts were my sister and my close friend Caroline. After writing for a long time I had some copies printed up on an old copier and gave one of these to Caroline. If I hadn’t done that, and if she hadn’t saved the papers for many years like she did, this book may not only not exist, I might not even be a writer. One day years later, after I had long given up hope of being published, Caroline gave me the photocopied pages and I started all over again. Another female friend a few years after that knew an editor and after having the book gone over at no small expense, it was ready to be published. I had a hard time finding a publisher so I self-published and slowly over even more time more and more people became interested in my story and I sold quite a few copies.
The point of the book though is that it tells my story of how I started out as a young overachiever and slowly started to descend into madness. It tells of me being 14 and being sent to a psychiatric ward and how difficult those times were for me. It tells of the years before I was finally hospitalized and how I went through so many depressions and difficult times that only seemed to be relieved when I was under the influence of alcohol. But then, after some very horrid experiences in the mental hospital here, I finally came to an acceptance of my illness and as a result started to really get better. One of the things I am very proud of is that this book has been read and reviewed by many people, in fact if you look at the paperback page (link provided) you will see that one of the people who reviewed it is a professional, well-known psychologist (Stephanie Sorrel) who gave it a perfect rating.
I feel this book really can help people with bipolar disorder and other conditions because it is a true life, personal experience, and though not perfect throughout, it can help those who suffer to see that they are not alone and that there is hope. I have also sold a good number of books to mental health professionals.
Anyhow, I just wanted to allow people to have a look at what I do for a living and have the chance to participate in my efforts to educate people about illness, reduce stigma and promote wellness. Anyone who has difficulty finding a book or can’t afford one, I will definitely consider giving a free copy to them, though possibly it might be a computer file that they can either print up or read on their computer. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you think. And for those who have read the book, it would be great if you could review it on amazon.com for me. Have a great day, I think I will be posting a book information blog like this once a week for a little while to see if it sparks online sales. Best!