C.Y. Dillon


indie author, hopeful romantic, warped sense of humor, skydiver, dancer, photographer, gardener, proud mom of 2 awesome adults, gramma carmels to 3 great kids

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about sex. I was 14 and he was twice my age. Only one person was permitted to have a copy of that before I destroyed it: my 9th grade English teacher. I have since written a new short story about Nicholas because I want the world to know that teenagers are children who do not know what is best for them, and adults should not have sex with teens.
What do you think readers should know about your autobiographical ebooks?
Mental illness runs in my family. That sounds funny, but it's no joke, though we are great at using humor to get by! My sense of humor is very warped and on the dark side. I have had homicidal fantasies about people who have hurt me or my children. Of course, I won't act on those urges, but it is interesting to notice the craving for vengeance. I'm a grizzly mama bear!

In 1993 I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and have learned a great deal about depression and anxiety since then. My intention is to de-stigmatize mental healthcare and help everyone to realize that reaching for professional help to deal with mood disorders that could cause you to become a danger to yourself or others is no different than seeking help from a doctor for diabetes.

My style is to the point and cathartic. Someone criticized me for writing the story of my rape at age 15 with too much "I... I... I..." and guess what? -- I don't care what that reader thinks. It was done on purpose. The mindset of a 15-year-old girl the day after she was raped is all about "I shouldn't have been so stupid." That's where it was written from, but ultimately the child grows out of that and recognizes the truth: there are human predators.

Nevertheless, my life story ends on a happy note because I am a survivor. It was the family counselor who said it was "remarkable".
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Where to find C.Y. Dillon online

Twitter: cydillon


The Master Lies Dead
Price: Free! Words: 810. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
A rural Sheriff is called to investigate a foul odor coming from a remote cabin and discovers a female slave in the basement bound by invisible chains. Short story written for mature readers.
How to Commit Suicide
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
The first time she used the internet was to search for how to do it and make it look accidental. What she found changed her path forever. This short story is offered to de-stigmatize mental illness. If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or you know someone who has withdrawn and seems to be in a dark place, read this.
Love of Her Life
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,920. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
A young woman buys a ticket for a dream cruise on a Mississippi River paddle boat in anticipation of a first date with Orion, whom she believes could be the love of her life. Her sincerity and integrity are put to the test when he decides he is not the right man for her and sets in motion a way for her to choose his paraplegic brother. Original Screenplay - Romantic Dramedy for Mature Readers
Amelia's Nightmare
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,270. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
Amelia is a compassionate pacificist pushed to the brink of a nervous breakdown by a sociopath. She must step outside her moral boundaries to protect a special needs son from a beastly stepfather. This is an original screenplay crafted for independent filmmakers and mature audiences. Contains adult situations and graphic language.
LSD and Me
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,160. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Parenting » Teens
Many parents worry about their teens getting seduced by drug users who want to pay for their habit by dealing small quantities. It's a common social concern. The author offers this short segment of her memoirs separately to inform curious teens that LSD and other drugs are not all their hyped up to be, and that creativity is not dependent on drugs, but can actually be ruined by drugs.
Memoirs of a Remarkable Survivor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,090. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
This book is dedicated to anyone who has earned their diploma from the University of Hard Knocks! Be thankful for your own resilience--not everyone can take a beating and stand up. In 1993, a family counselor told the author it was remarkable that she had not attempted suicide. "You haven't even heard half of it!" Today, the author's life is full of love, peace, joy and harmony. Here is light.

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