Shawnna Burt


The thought of sharing my story with the world was pretty frightening. Yet the thought of not making an impact on the world with something I’ve learned, of not influencing at least one person, was even more terrifying.
I hope mental health professionals, sufferers of my conditions, and avid readers alike will take something from this book.
I feel that my story will appeal to anyone who, eating disordered, mentally ill or not, has felt their trust has been abused, suffered from feelings of isolation, a troubled history, and just maybe has never been able to quite get free. I wanted to be a beacon of hope for those who still struggle, and for their families or friends. It does get better. There is a light at the end of this tunnel of madness after all.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on Cape Cod, Massuchusetts. It's surrounded by ocean, summer and especially fall are breathtaking, we even have our own writer's colony. Beautiful, really, but that's only on the surface. I live in an area which is generally conservative, and cares a lot about social convention. When I early on realized my personality was pretty nonconformist, I knew I was never going to fit in. I took all my angst and put it into my writing.
When did you first start writing?
In third grade, I wrote a paper and in response, my teacher called my mother wanting to know what books I had been reading. She thought I had plagiarized. But no, I had actually written it.
In seventh grade, I wrote for the town newspaper.
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Where to find Shawnna Burt online


The Death of Me
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 31,340. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Eating Disorders
"The Death of Me" is a memoir on a young woman's victory over her eating disorder and the courage it took for her to break free. It is a jarring juxtaposition of shadow and light, crashing dramas that once burned so bright and to the core. They now offer a life of light, particularly to those who suffer from mental illness, who are haunted still. That is the essence of "The Death of Me."

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