ME & HER: a Memoir of Madness: eXposé

Brisbane book reviewer, rare book collector and writer, Lynda Parker requested an interview on ME & HER: a Memoir of Madness to unearth my motivations for writing my MAD book … and my reading and writing history.
Lynda, aka Mozette chose my Recovery memoir, ME & HER for her Summer Fun Event of interviews and book reviews …

Q. How did you get into writing?        

PURE Madness! An irrefutable obsession to write ME & HER: a Memoir of Madness, my unique teacher’s story of parent harassment, and the birth my two sides ME and HER.
ME: Teacher, wife, mother and Writer
HER: Manic, psychic, healer to the living, telepathic to the dead, and she’s very psychotic!

Q. How long did it take to write your first book?  What kind of research did you do to get it all written?

Took six years and over 100 drafts to write ME & HER: a Memoir of Madness. I researched first hand, interviewing patients, doctors and nurses at the psychiatric hospital, determined to find the cause of my Madness. And how to recover and become ME again. I read every book on bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Q. What kind of works do you write?  Non-fiction? Fiction? Poetry? A bit of everything?

I write everything: memoir, self-help, articles for magazines, children’s picture books, mid-grade chapter books, science fiction, crime, young adult, short stories.

Q. Do you have a day job to support your writing career or have you been a full-time writer for most of your life?

Up to 2008, I taught primary school. Now I write full-time and present motivational talks, Resilience Training workshops in the workplace and Life Writing sessions in hospital and wellness centres.

Q. Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Sydney, growing up in a poor family in the western suburbs. From the age of seven, I was determined to become a school teacher.

Q. What is your favourite colour?
I wear colours to induce a mood.
Purple: for intuition. Green: for serenity. Orange: for energy. Red: for POWER

Q. What kinds of books do you enjoy reading?  
Books that captivate and intrigue me from the very first page. Books that affect me profoundly and stay with me forever. I LOVE reading cinematic scenes that leap and dance off the page.

Q. How big is your book collection – if you have one – and how many books a year do you read?
I devour over a hundred books for adults and children per year. I’ve triple-stacked my book shelf with thousands of books. I desperately need a new book shelf.

Do you come from a family of readers and writers?  Or are you the only one who has picked up the craft?
I’m the only one who Writes. My hubby and daughter are voracious readers.

To read the FULL interview please go to Lynda’s page : My Reading List  

To read the first #20 pages of  ME & HER: a Memoir of Madness for FREE go to Amazon

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2 comments to ME & HER: a Memoir of Madness: eXposé

  • Hi. My Name is Lynda Parker (aka: Mozette) and I manage ‘My Reading List’ blog. I’m a writer, reader, collector of books (rare, signed and first editions) and artist as well and I love to talk and write about books and bookstores as well as chat to and about authors.

    I hope you have enjoyed the interview I’ve had with Karen Tyrrell… and if you look at My Reading List blog now, you’ll also see I’m conducting a Summer Fun Event where I’m going to interview other authors over the next few weeks. So, stick around and enjoy!

  • Thanks Lynda, for introducing yourself to my Readers. Thanks so much for requesting the interview and supporting ME & HER: a Memoir Of Madness and mental health:)

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