R. Burrow

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R. Burrow grew up in a small, hilly town in West Virginia. In her teens, she traveled to various parts of Europe with her family, and went to school in the U.K. Before graduating high school, she began to suffer from symptoms of schizophrenia, and would continue to struggle with the illness for the next ten years of her life. During this time, she was able to travel to Buffalo, and attended the State University of New York, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. After winning the long, hard battle with mental illness, she married a man she loved, Martin, and settled in Upstate New York. After years of living a quiet home life, she felt a sudden and strong desire to tell her story; it was then, at age 31, that she began to write about her experiences, in the hope that it would educate and inform others from the rarely-heard point of view of the patient. The material seemed to flow almost effortlessly, and the novel was completed in a year and a half. About the same time "The Tree Outside The Window" was published, the author was blessed with a beautiful boy, James, and is in the process of writing a collection of short stories, as well as another long fiction novel, tentatively entitled, In Handcuffs.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I began writing little stories on the typewriter when I was four years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Addiction, Methadone, childhood masturbation (the "primal addiction"), being chemically-controlled, lacking power and control over your own life.
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Where to find R. Burrow online


Short Stories
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 47,490. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
A collection of 23 short stories, written over a substantial period of time. Some of the stories are very sad, some will make you laugh. Some stories are longer than others. Includes, "My Escape From The Psychiatric Unit," "Get Out Of My Grape Factory," and "Jill's Job."
In Handcuffs
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 81,730. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
"In Handcuffs" refers to addiction to Methadone, often beginning with the primal addiction (masturbation), and leading to addiction to heroin, and other opiates or painkillers. The book is chiefly about the Methadone clinic, where you are chemically controlled, and go through a difficult and grueling process, with no promise of ever getting off methadone.
The Tree Outside The Window
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 58,260. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Nonfiction » Psychology » Mental illness
A young girl battles schizophrenia and the mental health system. It is a book of hope; that the will and spirit can overcome a mind ravaged by mental illness.

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