The other thing that intrigued me about Marybeth was that she’s an author. So when I had the opportunity to read her first published book about a teen growing up with a brother who has bipolar disorder, I jumped on it! I have to say, even though I wasn’t her target audience, I had a lot of fun reading it and look forward to her next book.
As a special treat, Marybeth has agreed to do an interview with me about her new book, which by the way, when released was listed as the #3 top selling book on Kindle’s 100 list under children’s ebooks. Way to go Marybeth, I’m so proud of you!
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Thank you Marybeth for joining us today, for those who are new to my blog, can you share a little about yourself?
I am a perpetual perfectionist living out my daily life as an imperfect, bipolar mother of three little ones, my middle child also having bipolar disorder. In 2010, after coming across a post on Mama Bear’s website here, I was struck with an idea, so I put the idea in motion and founded the website www.askabipolar.com, where me and a group of authors suffering from bipolar disorder answer reader’s questions about mental illnesses. In my spare time I write, blog and design websites. Fall Girl is my first published novel, and I hope that one day, through this book and my website; I will be able to help bring an end to the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Can you share a little about your book?
What made you want to write for a teen audience?
How did you get into the mind of a teenager to write this book?
Having bipolar disorder yourself, what made you decide to write a book about a sibling with bipolar disorder?
How did you research the sibling perspective?
Were there any challenges you faced in writing this book?
What did you learn about yourself in writing a book from the sibling perspective?
Did you gain a new perspective regarding your own sibling relationships?
What was the greatest challenge in writing and publishing your first book?
What was the most rewarding experience?
So, are you going to write a sequel?
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