GRL Storyteller Panel – In the Shadows: Mental Illness & Trauma in Romance

GRL Storyteller Panel – In the Shadows: Mental Illness & Trauma in Romance

Hey everybody! I’m back from GRL but still trying to get my body back on work/mom schedule. At GRL, I participated in a storyteller panel with fellow authors Sloane Kennedy and J.R. Barten, talking about mental illness and trauma in romance. If you’ve read my books, you know that mental illness (and sometimes trauma) is a common theme in my work. I spoke some about my personal struggle with anxiety and panic disorder, and why I write what I do. Public speaking is extremely hard for me, so I white-knuckled my way through it, but I’m glad I did. I’m not exaggerating when I say I had SO many people come up to me and thank me both for doing the panel and for writing what I do, as well as to encourage and congratulate me for being able to stand up and do it. More than one person told me it was the best panel of the whole con. I was blown away by that. Thank you all for participating, from the bottom of my heart.

If you weren’t able to make it to the panel, or couldn’t get out to GRL this year, I’ve posted the video on facebook and twitter, but I’ll put it in this post in case you missed it. Sorry the camera is all up in my mustard, there was really nowhere else to put it!

If you are interested in my work but don’t want to delve as much into the mental illness side, try Shadows Fall (m/m paranormal romantic suspense), or Boys Don’t Cry (m/m contemporary standalone).

Feel free to leave comments on the video or this post. I encourage it! I’d love to hear about your struggles or triumphs with mental illness. Thanks!



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