From MADNESS to Published Author

Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) published my story ‘From MADNESS to Published Author’ in their SCOPE magazine.

President Susan Skowronski printed my exposé on my dual passions: mental health and WRITING.

Guest Writer: Karen Tyrrell: From MADNESS to Published Author

‘Once I was completely MAD, screaming out with jaw-clenching night terrors and black manic dreams. Parents at my school had harassed and abused me, a teacher, until I could take no more.

Karen Tyrrell: From Madness to Published Author

‘I escaped and ran. Police discovered me in a lonely motel, incarcerating me into the terrifying psychiatric system.
My creative writing journey began – In the dark halls of the psych hospital;

‘I scribbled down my tell-all memoir, Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness in two personas.
ME ─ wife, mother, writer and teacher.
HER ─ manic, psychic, healer to the living, telepathic to the dead, and she’s very psychotic.

In 2010, I ‘came out’ about my mental illness and recovery on my website, Karen’s BLOG sharing pro-active mental health and writing tips. In 2011, I won a mentorship with the Society of Editors QLD to further develop Me and Her.

In 2012, I published, Me and Her: A Memoir Of Madness winning finalist in the Mental Health achievement awards.
In 2013, I published the sequel, Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery a self-help mental health manual, winning 5 STAR reviews from mental health CEOs …
I’m extremely passionate about my dual passions of writing and mental health …

How to Get Published TIPS

1.    Write what you’re passionate about. It will shine through in your writing.

2.  Enlist in inspirational writing courses. Study the craft of writing.

3.    Learn how to critique. Join a writing group that critiques. Swap your manuscript with your buddies.

4.    Build a writers platform that will stand out. Work out your specialized brand or niche. Promote and network on social media.

5.    Set up a pro-active website. Blog every week.

6.    Submit your writing to competitions, magazines and publishers.

7.    Turn rejection letters around. RETHINK > REWRITE > RESUBMIT your manuscript.

8.    NEVER, EVER give up. Keep believing you’ll get published … and you WILL”

 Where can you BUY my Mental Health resilience books?

Go to Amazon to buy Me and Her: A Memoir Of Madness and Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery.

Children’s mental health picture book, Bailey Beats the Blah will be published soon.

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