Author Reflections: "Ben Behind His Voices" launch date set

It’s real! The official publication date for Ben Behind His Voices is September 16, 2011.  When you search on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, there is a listing.  As a first-time author, I have to admit that this is even more exciting than my first kiss. Yep. At least I think so – the first kiss was so unexpected (another story for another time), while this listing is the culmination of  years of writing, rewriting, query letters, bouncing back, trying again, and finding and reconfirming my own faith in the book’s value to others.

Yet this is nothing – nothing – compared to the challenges Ben himself has faced in the same period of time.
In a way, the timing of Ben‘s publication couldn’t be better, for when I first sat down to write our story Ben was just a few months into recovery.  Now, he has logged over five years (knock wood) hospital-free, and we’ve been able to see how recovery can progress when psychosis is avoided for longer periods of time.  So, because of this long journey to publication, I hope that our memoir will offer even more information and hope to its readers, as I’ve updated Ben’s progress frequently as the drafts piled up.

Here is the description from the listing (image and “search inside” features will come later, but you can pre-order) – it contains my hopes for the book’s effect: to increase understanding and respect for those with mental illness, and for their families; and thereby reduce stigma.

“Ben Behind His Voices is the gripping story of one family’s challenging experience when their firstborn is gradually struck down by schizophrenia – and how they learned to love and support him throughout his eventual steps to recovery. This page-turning narrative will inspire and educate any family going through hard times with the mental illness of a loved one. It also provides valuable insight for others who want to understand how families are affected when mental illness strikes.”

For any families in the same boat: there are guidelines of info and resources at the end of most chapters. I hope you will fall in love with my son Ben before you get to the part where his illness takes hold. He is there, behind his voices, all throughout the book – and he still is. As is your loved one. Hard to see sometimes, I know. but love helps. So much.

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2 thoughts on “Author Reflections: "Ben Behind His Voices" launch date set

  1. THANK U FOR SHARING. I LOVE WHEN U WRITE ABOUT THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED W/ ANY MENTAL ILLNESS.I AM IN THE MEDICAL FIELD FOR 25 YEARS AND I STILL HEAR THE SAME PREJUDICES RE:THIS ALL MENTAL ILLNESS, AS I DID WHEN I WAS DIAGNODED W/ DEPRESSION AND I STILL AFTER, ALL THESE YEARS HEAR SUCH BAAD STIGMA COMMENTS I HAVE TRIED TO EXPLAIN THIS IS A DISEASE OF THE MIND AND W/ HELP MOST MENTAL ILLNESSES CAN BE HELPED, IT'S REALLY HARD TO EDUCATE PEOPLE WHOSE HEARTS AND MINDS ARE STILL CLOSED.. sSORRY FOR THE CAPS, BUT UR BOOK MEANS A LOT TO ME IN SO MANY WAYS!!! When is mental illness going to get the money for research ,etc as did having cancer we al need to speak out !!! thanks so much….

  2. Dear "Anonymous",
    Thanks to you for taking the time to so honestly share your comments and experience! I share your dream that one day those affected by mental illness will get the understanding, acceptance, and respect (and, yes, research dollars) they so deserve. I hope that this book will do its part to help further that dream. Thanks for speading the word!Randye

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