Tell the world who you are and why you wrote a book.
My name is Angela Grey and I published through CreateSpace to tell my life story.
Give us an insider’s look at how your book came to be. Give us a deeper understanding of your creative process.
I was journaling about my schizophrenia diagnosis and wanted to put it in book format for my family. Through writing I gain insight into the parts of my life I think that are important. When I read about a subject, I also get a better understanding into myself. I hope that I inspire others with schizophrenia that way as well.
What’s important about your book and why should we buy it?
I think with the recent negative media portrayals that people with mental illnesses are hiding in the background and possibly not accomplishing all that life has to offer them, including participating in their hobbies. For me that it writing, and I want others to see that it is possible to tell their life story, even if only a handful of others read it. At least they accomplished what they set out to do plus it combats the stigma related to schizophrenia and other delusional disorders. We need to strive to overcome our setbacks on any given day. This book reveals that resiliency.
Will your book benefit your readers’ lives? Why or why not?
Yes, because it gives hope to those diagnosed with a delusional disorder and lets them know that it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. There is still so much possible despite the diagnosis.
Give us a brief history about you, the connection to your book, if any, and why you write.
I write to release the voices in my mind. If I put words on paper, then I’m free from the mental messages.
What have been some barriers to achieving your goals of writing and or becoming published?
Social anxiety and withdrawal are components of my illness. That has kept me from contacting bookstores to set up events in the hopes of making my writing a little more mainstream.
What do you hope to achieve from your writing career?
To tell my story and I’ve done that, so I’m content.
Do you have a strong support system and or dream team backing you? If not, why not?, If so, tell us more.
My family encourages me to write because they see that it calms me and makes me a more satisfied person. They see that it gets the chaotic energy out of my mind and onto paper.
What has been the highlight of your writing career so far?
The highlight is getting feedback, whatever it is. I like to know if I achieved what I wanted to tell.
What’s next for you? What does your future hold? What are you currently working on?
I’m a residential drafter full-time but in my spare time, I’m currently working on two fiction mysteries where a main character has been tangential in my own life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is a fictionalized account of child sexual abuse, PTSD, and recovery that is based on my own life.
Who are your favorite authors?
Mary Carr, Katy Lederer, Kay Redfield Jamison, and Elyn Saks
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The love of my family and the need to get the internal struggle out of my mind and onto paper.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm an architectural drafter. Also, I enjoy painting, yoga, and spirituality classes.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By reading reviews on a bunch of different websites.
How do you approach cover design?
I enjoy photography and usually use my own images.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up splitting time between a Native American reservation near Waubay, South Dakota and Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York. It made me appreciate diversity.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
White Fang and The Call of the Wild by Jack London which fascinated me.
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