I apologize for being so inactive lately. Between book events and end of high school preparations (three more weeks!), I’ve been very busy. I recently did an interview about Changing Ways with two wonderful women who run a blog. The full interview is on their site but here’s an excerpt from our conversation:
What inspired you to write Changing Ways?
Changing Ways was inspired by my struggles with mental illness. In eighth grade, I was battling an eating disorder and depression. I was unable to talk about what I was going through and suffered in silence until I discovered writing. Writing became my voice and my escape. Without writing, I honestly don’t know if I would have found the strength to commit to recovery. Five years later, I decided I wanted to use my passion to help other people in the way that it helped me. I wanted to create a realistic, authentic story to spread awareness and understanding of mental illness. So that’s what I did.