I am a 44-year-old author of fiction and non-fiction. The first book I wrote was "Through the Withering Storm" which was about my life with bipolar disorder, a crippling mental illness that seemed to take everything I loved in life away from me. I lost friends, relationships, the comforts of a family and my grip on reality because of this illness. It crept up on me slowly as I was growing up for many years and my life was nearly impossible to manage andI was severely depressed a lot, but when I was 18 I got very ill and was committed to a hospital four times. I wrote down the story of this phase of my life in the book, "Through the Withering Storm". When I finished the book and got it to print, there were a lot of questions from people as to what happened after, and others wanted to see more of what experiencing the illness was like, so I wrote this book, "Inching Back To Sane." When released from a hospital after an extended visit, there is a journey that takes place, a long and arduous one, but thankfully for me, not an impossible one. The concept of a long journey of slow steps to get one's life together was where I got the title of this book from, and I hope it can bring relief from suffering and a new understanding of what mental illness survivors go through. I have to admit the book as it sits isn't as perfect as I would like it to be, but many people have said it still gives a clear message of what I went through. This book won the 2014 New York Book Festival's 'Honorable Mention' in the category of memoirs.
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About the Author
I have been driven to become the best possible writer I could be from a young age. At six I got a toy typewriter and I would spend my allowance on things like a thesaurus or blank paper to draw and make stories on. Every day after school in elementary I remember walking a mile to visit the library and take out books on mouse detectives or invisible ten year-olds. I remember a book I read in grade five about a young girl whose mother refused to leave their high-rise apartment. I have had some success with poetry and magazine articles, but what I really want to do is write books, and I have completed two. One is already available in many places and the other needs some fine-tuning. The second book I wrote is a novel about life in British Columbia in a small town not unlike the one I grew up in, though I grew up in Alberta. At the moment I make my living setting up stages for rock concerts and I get a small disability pension which I hope to one day cancel and live only by my own means. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder/manic depression at the age of 18 and had a very hard time until I came to accept that diagnosis as fact. For any more I guess you have to buy the book!