Interview with Evelyn Monroe

What makes your book stand out in a sea of "memoir" style rants?
My writing is an accurate depiction of the pain and emotional suffering of living with a severe mental illness. While it doesn't provide a concrete conclusion, finale, or answer to the question, my hope is that it will inspire others to keep trudging forward, despite humiliating setbacks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I began writing at a very young age, mainly Prose. I love language and enjoy transporting my readers into another dimension where they can experience different emotions. "Is There Life After Xanax?" was conceptualized in early 2009 and grew very slowly over the course of several years. It is officially my first novella length non-fiction piece. I am planning a follow up Second Edition, along with a series of illustrated, informative DIY books.
What is your writing process?
Usually, my stories spawn from odd dreams. My mother used to say that I "Dreamed in Technicolor." While I would love to learn the discipline of outlining my writing goals, I am mainly driven by an emotional push to write. It would probably be difficult for me to write on a fixed schedule like well-known authors. I am definitely a renegade Indi!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading were Nancy Drew mysteries. One Christmas, I got the entire set! I read profusely, everywhere I went, even during dinner! A natural lover of suspense and mystery, I read those Nancy Drew books several times each. Oddly enough, I don't think I would be great at writing fiction, but I am going to try with my new work "Second Chances-The Do-Over."
How do you approach cover design?
The design for my "Is There Life After Xanax?" cover was obviously inspired by a tremendously painful situation in my life. Rather than craft a professionally designed cover, I chose to use the brutal photograph of the self mutilation that occurred during a hopeless time. Honesty is so important to me, and even though my identity remains anonymous for my self-preservation, the story and photographs are hard core truth... Exactly what I want my readers to share with me.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sadly, I don't have much time in my busy day for pleasure reading anymore. When I am not sick, I am working, and when I am not working, I am busy with two children and writing. I do, however, dream of a day where I can relax in the hammock and enjoy a really great book - probably a gripping thriller!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Personally, I love the Amazon Kindle, and have had several kinds. The newer Kindle Fire is great and easy to use. Although that is the one I have, my friends enjoy the iPad and Nook with the same passion!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is a tough question, because I haven't officially marketed my book yet! While looking into lots of options, it appears elbow grease and hours of posting will be the answer to get to my niche market. Selling 1000's of books would be a dream come true, and may be something my future holds, but for this book, I am mainly hoping to help just one person feel strong enough to continue their journey, despite setbacks with a mental illness.
Describe your desk
"Is There Life After Xanax?" began as a secret blog on my laptop. I used my coffee table as a desk and sat on the inflatable exercise ball that I bought for my last pregnancy. It was pretty humorous, because the tax folks sent me a form to fill out about my business assets and they apparently decided that taxing an exercise ball would not be productive!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Mexico. It was a wonderful childhood, but fraught with the effects of my mental illness. A turning point came for me when, at age 12, we relocated to the Pacific Northwest. Torn from my roots, I suffered severe depression and ultimately went "off the grid" emotionally. I still dream of my childhood home and there are pieces of me that are still there, somewhere, waiting to be reclaimed by a stronger me one day.
When did you first start writing?
Lucky enough, my mother taught me to read at age 3. From there, I was free to write and design short stories and poetry. There was always a project in the works, but finishing a task was challenging. I really hope that completing this project will motivate me to stay focused and continue writing, one day becoming a known author, finding success through my struggles.
Published 2014-05-31.
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Books by This Author

Is There Life After Xanax? Bi-Polar: Existing Amidst Chaos
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 22,680. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Mental illness, Nonfiction » Psychology » Psychopathology / bipolar disorder
Devastating, Uncensored and Unedited... Part memoir, part journal through the mind of a young woman painfully suffering from Bi-Polar and Anxiety. Sometimes difficult to follow, but will take you into the depths of her exquisite, but haunted mind.