Who Wants to Read my*gripping* Page 2 of ME AND HER?

david-castillo-dominiciThanks so much for your incredible support with launching my pro-active quest to publish ME AND HER: a Memoir of Madness, my struggle and victory over Bipolar Disorder.

I received your awesome support with over 100 LIKES to that page ... http://karentyrrell.com/?p=2541

Last week I posted my dramatic opening page and you offered over 80 comments, begging to read more … http://karentyrrell.com/?p=927

Posting my memoir is the most gut-wrenching decision …

My personal life history on view.

I’m psyching myself to be brave … Here’s the NEWLY revised and amped Page 2 of ME AND HER: a Memoir of Madness

‘Open up!’ demanded a deep voice. Two noses pressed up against the steamed up bathroom window.

‘I can’t. Not till I’m decent.’ I crept into the main room past my half-packed suitcase, the towel wrapped taut around me.

They might grab me and take me away. Then I ‘d never go home. I must stop them from coming in.

My mind raced with desperate plans. I rushed past the perfectly made bed and flung open the wardrobe, my fingers rifling through clothes sorted into sections with matching shoes underneath. Past purple, the colour of insight and imagination and jade green the colour of harmony and self-healing. Today I craved something stronger. Red ─ the colour of power and confidence.
I tugged on my cherry-red wool knit, black trousers with red pin stripes.

Colour means everything! It can change my day!

My body froze behind the door, straining to listen. But too petrified to gaze through the peephole. My hand quivered as I unbolted the door. Slowly I turned the handle.

Oh no! Why the hell are they here?
Their uniforms, badges and guns, symbols of their power, screamed out at me. But I couldn’t fathom their names or their damn questions.

Someone brushed past. He yanked open the heavy curtains and the sliding door leading to the balcony. Glaring streams of light blinded me. The roar from the freeway rushed in, blaming me of terrible things.

Will they ever forgive me?

ME AND HER: a Memoir of Madness Karen Tyrrell 2011

What do you think of Page 2?

Are the first two pages gripping enough to pique your interest?
Can you *please* let the publishers know you really want to read ME AND HER: a Memoir of Madness?

Your personal support and encouragement will ensure this book goes to print 🙂

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74 comments to Who Wants to Read my*gripping* Page 2 of ME AND HER?

  • Great work. I love the section about choosing the colour of the clothes and the power they have to change your day… fabulous insight into the character too.

  • Thanks Jeannie, I really appreciate you saying that. At that time, I was obsessed with the symbolism of colour. Cheers, Karen:))

  • This is great work, Karen. More please…! 🙂

  • Thanks Carol, When a friend and fellow writer likes my work, Its so much like a stamp of approval. Karen :))

  • Paula Beavan

    . . . and ??????? what next for goodness sake? Well I know you are still alive etc. . . but I want more! Please get the darn thing published so I can buy it and read it all in one sitting! This page a week is agony ! 😛

    it’s great Karen, thanks for sharing and being such an inspiration to an “L” plater :))

  • Anniko Kevin

    Writing is the best therapy….from my experience. It doesn’t look so harmless on paper….and most importantly, it has been removed from one’s very core.

  • Thanks Anniko for commenting here. You’re right, writing is a fabulous healing therapy in itself. I’m so glad I was able to express my inner most fears and traumas … I hope my story can help others. Karen :))

  • Hi Paula,
    More dramas and Intrigue ahead …This is just the beginning! Page one was only four days ago … did it seem like a week.? LOL. I hope my story can reach many, and inspire Hope for Recovery. Karen :))

  • Michael

    Thanks for posting that Karen. I really do hope you get the chance to tell all of your story.

  • Love it, Karen. Was laughing inside at deciding on the colour you were picking to wear that day. This was a great read–wonderful writing. It *has* to be published–and it will be. Thanks for posting your second page. Joanna :))

  • Thanks Michael, so do I! It’s a very unusual and intriguing story in so many ways. I would love to get the chance to tell it. Thanks for your support. Karen :))

  • Thanks Joanna. So many readers today enjoyed the Colour section but at that time I lived it. This was just the beginning of my Parade of Obsessions. They became much Grander. Thanks for giving it the “Joanna” approval. Means so much to me … Karen :))

  • Montana

    Hi Karen,

    Just letting you know I’ve read your 1st and 2nd pages of ‘Me and Her’……was hanging on every word…..even got goosebumps, which is unusual as I haven’t found too many riveting reads. I’m very impressed… I do hope that you will hear from a publisher very soon….!!!!!! 🙂


  • Hi Montana ,
    Thanks for finding me here. “Goosebumps”? I was expecting that reaction! And thanks for labeling my memoir “a Riveting Read”. Soon, I hope someone decides a positive future for my book. Karen :))

  • Debbie Johansson

    Hi Karen. I’ve read both pages and you’ve also hooked me in to find out more. I too, like your reference to clothes – especially the colour co-ordinated shoes. Does this mean we have to wait until it’s published now? 😉

  • kathy

    This is fantastic. I am so gripped and want to read more NOW!!! Like someone else said I cannot wait to be able to sit down and read the whole thing

  • Hi Debbie,
    Yes I really did wear jade green shoes and matching handbag and clothes!! I’m planning more Disclosures of my Memoir… Perhaps in a different way. Karen :))

  • Thanks Kathy,
    You’re becoming my Number #1 Fan! Be patient … “Me and Her” will be Published. At least, I hope so. Karen :))

  • Simone

    I want to read the rest too – you really are being a tease Karen…!!! LOL

  • Thanks Simone, Glad you want more. There’s MORE to come … but a different MORE. Karen :))

  • Graham Clements

    Your first two pages hook the reader in.

  • Thanks Graham,
    for dropping by to say that. I’ve tried to keep a fast pace throughout the book. I hope your writing is going well. Karen :))

  • Jenny

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for linking blogs. I love the way you have used the power of colour with your character. Your story is truly inspiring and I love the way you are using your creativity to reach out to help others. This WILL be published.

  • Thanks so much Jenny. I truly enjoyed linking Blogs with you. My personal experiences compelled me to write about them. I hope others can learn something. Karen :))

  • Pam

    Karen, love it so far! Finding a publisher is extremely difficult and disheartening. Keep the faith on that one.

    I think all of us bp’s have interesting bio’s to tell…but not all of us can write well (some are artistic, some musical, etc.). My mom (back in the day, everyone (including her) knew she was mentally ill, but no one knew with what..if she had been hospitalized then she would’ve suffered thru gruesome treatment and remained locked up forever) was extremely talented in the music realm..she played castinettes, piano (could play Heart and Soul all by herself), danced very well, sang, etc. My paternal great-grandmother probably was bp and she died in an institution back in the 1930’s (suicide? no one knows); she was only in her 50’s. My only sibling is an extremely dangerous bp, undiagnosed and untreated (thinks nothing is wrong). She’s five years younger than I am and on her 5th marriage, for example, extremely hypersexual, among other things. The wreckage of her life is sad indeed. Her son, my 30-someting nephew, is another undiagnosed and untreated bp…he and his mother DESPISE one another. He has 2 kids with 2 different women and he’s forbidden to see both by the moms. He’s a substance abuser & done jail time. So sad!

    My illness, bp Type 2, has helped me recognize it in others. I researched my family back to my great-grandmother and that’s as far as I needed to go.

    Keep writing, Karen! I want to read the whole book!

  • Pam

    BTW, I somehow missed page 1…how do I find it?


  • Keep scrolling down …..Karen :))

  • Hi Pam,
    Thanks for sharing your Bipolar family tree. It’s made very interesting reading … Sorry, to hear about those who won’t accept their Diagnosis.
    I too have researched my Family tree … Its all in the book.
    I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed reading the first two pages. Thanks for your positive words of encouragement. Very much appreciated. Karen :))

  • Suzanne Guastella

    I love page two too. I’m very much looking forward to the entire book, Karen. Thank you.

  • Thanks Suzanne for reading my first three pages of ME AND HER and dropping by to comment. Your support means so much to me :))

  • Steph L

    Don’t ask me why, but I want to know why they yanked open the curtains and the door. Surely they wanted to know you were okay first?

    And are you SURE that’s a full page 2 – think you are holding out on me/us KT!

  • Laura Doyle

    Loved it! More please 🙂

  • Thanks Stephanie, Good point, I’ll look into that. I had to stop at a line that left you dangling. LOL.

  • Thanks Laura, LOVE your enthusiasm. Hope a few Publishers and Agents are reading your comment. LOL 🙂

  • Wow, when I read the preview of your writing/manuscript, it made me (as the reader) as if I was there, being scared as well. Is this a novel or a true story? By the way, I should learn more from you, Karen about how to put some deep emotion inside this writing…

  • Hi Haryo,
    This is my true story, part one of my journey into Mental Illness and later out through the other side to Recovery.
    When I write an emotional scene I concentrate on reliving that moment … my emotive thoughts and body language. Short sharp sentences add tension.

  • Josie

    Ah, u big tease!! Taunting us one page at a time is almost unbearable. Fantastically written from first to last sentence. I’m with the others – hurry up & get it published so we can sit down & read the whole thing! Looking forward to it muchly 🙂 Josie

  • Hi Josie, Thanks so much for your very generous review on my first two pages. You’re boosting my confidence no end 🙂

  • Really like this, Karen. Has me glued to screen and feeling for her. Also love the color reference. Keep it coming.

  • Thanks Kaye. Glad I have you “glued to the screen”. I have a *surprise* going up next week. Please stay tuned.

  • Wow! That’s very gripping, Karen! I think you are very talented. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Thanks so much Rebecca. I knew you’d like reading my opening pages. Thanks for your generous compliments too 🙂

  • Heather Golding

    Wow Karen! What a great read! It’s fast and pacy! Well done! 🙂

  • Thanks Anthony for your support and encouragement. That’s exactly what I need 🙂

  • Hi Heather, Glad you enjoyed reading my page 2 and liked my writing style. I guess my Kids Sci-fi ‘Josh and the It’ is fast and pacy too. 🙂

  • Carolyn

    PAGE 3 PAGE 3 PAGE 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sharyn

    It’s really good Karen – you have a page turner here!

  • Hi Sharyn,
    Thanks so much for your amazing support. A page turner? Wow! Thanks for that comment!

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