Interview with Courtney Meyers

What's the story behind your latest book?
My wish to help take away the stigma of mental illness and to take the reader into the world of a mentally ill person, but in a light-hearted, fun way. Of course, it addresses the seriousness of the issue; yet, at the same time, it shows a young woman wanting to find love, happiness and success, and in the end, she overcomes and finds true love and success.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's the flow. When you're in your flow, you experience great happiness, joy. When I sit down to write (which I do long hand in a notebook), the words just flow right out of my hand, and I haven't the slightest idea where the story will go. I'm just as surprised as the reader as to what happens. It's like I'm reading the book for the first time myself. Of course, a lot of it gets cut out, and yes, there's quite a bit of bad writing along with quite a lot of good writing, but my best advice would be just sit down and write. Let it flow from you, and don't censor yourself. You have a story to tell, your own special story. It's already in you bursting to come out.
What are you working on next?
My next book is called Blue Skies Saved My Life. It deals with the issues of homelessness, addiction, mental illness and suicide. It's a much grittier read than my first book which is more romantic. Blue Skies Saved My Life is more authentic and real. It's filled with all kinds of stories of people I've met over the years and their struggle with mental illness and addiction. My hope is it will help people to better understand these afflictions.
Who are your favorite authors?
The Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens, John Grisham, Scott Turow and Jackie Collins. Yes, Jackie Collins, lol. She's the Mistress of Trashy Novels.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! :0)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
That is on the list. I don't own an ebook reader. Hopefully, soon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, in fifth grade. It was a story about a group of girls taking a boy and dressing him up like a girl and showing him how to act like a girl. He had to go to school and act and dress like that for a whole day. They had a bet, and he lost, so that's what he had to do to pay up.
Published 2015-03-25.
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Books by This Author

The Year for November and May
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,310. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
The Year for November and May is both a complex, serious read and a light, bubbly read filled with flawed, fascinating and fun characters and also with lots of romance. It is an inspirational story for anyone who believes in true love and who believes good will always trump everything in the end. ~ Please know ten percent (10%) of author proceeds will go to Help for the Homeless, a local charity.