Interview with Debbie Corso

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is the connection it creates, given my main topic of mental health. When I first started writing about Borderline Personality Disorder, I had a simple blog that I updated with diary-like posts. I hoped that occasionally someone would randomly stumble across one of my posts and discover that they were not alone -- that someone else had experiences just like them and was determined to get well.

What has actually happened has surpassed my wildest dreams. My blog, healingfrombpd.org now receives in upwards of 40k+ page views per month from all around the globe, and I interact with my readers frequently through Facebook and Twitter. I have also gone on to write two successful ebooks that are also selling globally, and Smashwords has been hugely instrumental in my success. To think that my decision to be willing to share my personal story could help so many people brings me immense joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
My readers mean the world to me. I interact with them almost daily through many social media channels. I love hearing how they are applying things they've learned through my books and blog to help build the life that they want. I "meet" some of the most amazing people as a result of my writing, and I am very grateful for these connections all over the globe.
What are you working on next?
I continue to co-facilitate online DBT psychoeducational courses at emotionallysensitive.com, which is my passion. I also signed a traditional book publishing deal! My new book "Stronger Than BPD" will be out in stores in paperback and as an electronic book in Spring of 2017. It's currently available for pre-order at Amazon. I'll have to ask my publisher about making it available here at Smashwords, too, of course!
Who are your favorite authors?
When it comes to the topic of mental health, my favorite author is Kiera Van Gelder, who wrote "The Buddha and The Borderline." Hers was the first book I read from front to back, more than once, when I received my diagnosis of BPD years ago. Kiera has since become a friend, and I had an amazing full-circle experience when she wrote a beautiful introduction for my first book on recovery and BPD.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love reading on my iPad using the Kindle app.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up about 5 miles outside of Boston, and I moved to California when I turned eighteen. My childhood years were spent on the east coast, right by the ocean, and lots of my memories come from this time. I also lived in numerous foster and group homes all around the state, and these experiences are some that I draw upon in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in grade school. I was a regular participant in essay contests, and my friends thought I was strange because I absolutely LOVED the timed essay questions on those standardized tests that we were given at the beginning and end of each school year. I loved the creative challenge of being simply given a topic and a certain amount of time in which to come up with an impressive essay. I thrived on those exercises!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest ebook at Smashwords, "Stop Sabotaging: A 31-Day DBT Challenge to Change Your Life" is that I wanted to create a helpful tool for those wanting to really learn and apply Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills to their lives. After two years of DBT, I no longer met the criteria for a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. This is how profoundly these skills have impacted my life. I wanted to share this information with as many people as possible and let them know that through willingness and practice, they too could change their lives. While the book is not a substitute for therapy, it is a great supplement and also a great introduction to DBT for those who are not yet familiar with the skills.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm almost always writing in one form or another, whether I'm blogging, updating social media statuses, tweeting with readers, or responding to comments on my blog and YouTube channel. Aside from this, I love practicing yoga (especially restorative), spending time with friends (especially going out to eat), walking, playing and hanging out with my two cats, and cooking. My guilty pleasures include watching TV shows on Netflix, such as "Gilmore Girls" and "X-Files." I recently started re-watching the entire collection of "Ally McBeal" episodes.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading inspirational books by authors like Eckhart Tolle and Louise L. Hay. Books that inspire us to be our best while tapping into paths that are for our highest good are most attractive to me.
Published 2016-12-28.
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Books by This Author

Stop Sabotaging: A 31 Day DBT Challenge to Change Your Life
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 19,430. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
(5.00)
Stop Sabotaging covers: - What sabotaging is - Why, as emotionally dysregulated individuals, we tend to do it - Strategies for shifting out of this destructive pattern and radically changing your life - A 31-day practice of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills
Healing From Borderline Personality Disorder: My Journey Out of Hell Through Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 96,830. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
(5.00)
Compilation of a selection of the author’s first 100 posts from her popular personal mental health blog along with never before published retrospective commentaries, autobiographical sketch, a DBT resource section, and more. Corso lights the way of hope and recovery for a severely emotionally wounded community. Introduction by Kiera Van Gelder, MFA and author of The Buddha & The Borderline.