Is There a Link Between Mental Illness and Creativity?


Last week, I was invited to do an interview with Kerry K for her blog. Kerry asked me some interesting questions about the connection between artistic talent and mental illness. Brainpickings recently posted an article about Nancy Andreasen's The Creating Brain, in which Andreasen discusses her findings around the occurrence of mental illness in creative people. There have also been numerous studies Continue Reading

5 Awesome Sites to Help You Query Your Book


I'm in the midst of querying a memoir about my experiences with anxiety disorder and depression as a young adult. It's been a bit of a whirlwind so far with tons of time spent on research and query letter writing. Since weeding through the the immense amount of information online can be overwhelming, I wanted to share a few resources that I've found to be immensely helpful during this process: 1. Chuck Continue Reading

Memoir 101: Finding Your Story (Starts October 1st)


I'm excited to announce that I'll be teaching a four-week memoir writing course for Antioch University, Los Angeles' new online writing program, Inspiration to Publication! Have you considered writing a memoir but aren't sure where to start? Or, have you already tried to put something together but find yourself struggling to organize your story? This course will help you get a jump start on your project. Continue Reading

10 Must-Read Memoirs About Mental Illness, Addiction, and Disorders


Memoirs give us the unique ability to enter the mind and experiences of someone suffering from a mental illness, addiction, or disorder. To truly be immersed in someone's story is invaluable and necessary in understanding what they're going through. Here are my top 10, must-read memoirs that deal with these struggles. 1. Loud in the House of Myself by Stacy Pershall A captivating and unflinchingly honest memoir Continue Reading

Robin Williams and The Never-Ending Battle Against Depression


Hearing the news of Robin William's apparent suicide hit me the way I'm sure it hit many others who have suffered, or still suffer, from depression. It made me think about my own moments of darkness and hopelessness when I seriously considered taking the pills or slashing open my wrists to make it all end. I've spent the past five years writing a book about such moments, so I'm still glued into them like they Continue Reading

I Finished My Memoir! Now What?


For years, I've dreamed about the moment when I finally finished the first complete draft of my memoir. I imagined confetti falling out of the ceiling, maybe some triumphant trumpet music playing, and a crowd of all the friends and family who have heard me complain, agonize over, and gush about the book for the past five years running into my room, cheering for me and hugging me. Of course, what really happened is Continue Reading

My Short Story eBook Publishing Experiment


On June 26th, I unveiled my free short story eBook, "Some Kind of Moment." I got the idea to make this eBook from other authors and entrepreneurs I'd seen around the internet who were giving out eBooks for free when readers subscribed to their email lists. However, I noticed that all of their eBooks were informational, not creative. They gave tips on being a writer, shared advice on making money online, etc. I Continue Reading

Some Kind of Moment: A Short Story eBook

SKoM final paperback (layers)

Today marks the release of my new short story ebook, "Some Kind of Moment." Here's the synopsis: Friendship can be confusing. 20-year-old Izzy Desmond likes killing time with Luke, an endearingly eccentric slacker, and feels herself drifting apart from Mandy, the Beverly Hills party girl she befriended freshman year. When the three mismatched friends spend a day together at the Santa Monica Pier, Izzy tries to Continue Reading

The Most Important Things I Learned in Grad School


This week is my last official week of graduate school. I've been working on my MFA in Writing for a few years now, and it's been quite a journey. I began my grad school adventure at a different institution and ended up transferring into Antioch University, Los Angeles' program in December 2012. The school has been a great fit for me and a wonderful experience overall. I've gotten to attend tons of amazing Continue Reading

Lessons Learned from Starless Skies


A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I took a trip to Sedona, AZ. We'd both heard about the infamous vortexes and New Age culture, but we're not into that scene. Our decision to go was based on cheap hotel availability, drivability, beautiful landscapes, and the ability to see the stars at night. That last one was probably the biggest draw for us. We share a love of all things space. Since we're both long-time Continue Reading