Meet The Author: Kathleen Glasgow - Girl In Pieces - Guest Post + Giveaway

AAAH! Welcome to Day Seven of Meet The Authors. 

I am SO SO LUCKY to have with me today the WONDERFUL Kathleen Glasgow whose debut novel, Girl In Pieces, released last August. 

I was SO EXCITED when Kathleen agreed to come onto the blog, but her piece on Mental Health Problems, ones that she faced as a teen and the ones the protagonist in her novel faces as well, along with some great YA Mental Health Books. I hope you do read her post, fall in love like I did and enter the giveaway too!

 Welcome, Kathleen to A Thousand Words A Million Books, and thank you so much for being here! 
A Post On Being

Since my debut novel, Girl in Pieces (Delacorte), came out last August, the number one question I get asked is: “How much of Charlie Davis is really you?”

Girl in Pieces is about a seventeen-year-old girl who self-harms to cope with her intense feelings and traumatic experiences. I used to be a seventeen-year-old girl who self-harmed to cope with my traumatic experiences. I used to be a girl who fell in love with hurtful, damaged people, girls and boys, men and women. I used to be a girl, like Charlie, who listened to music too loud on her headphones to drown out the world. I had things on my mind, on my heart, pestering me, day and night.

But my story isn’t Charlie’s. I gave Charlie her own path, her own people, her own art, which is drawing. I did, however, give her my emotions as a seventeen-year-old girl who used to self-harm, because if I was going to write that girl, I needed to write her well and realistically, in order to do justice to the many, many people who suffer daily from mental illness, and, in particular, self-harm. So I gave Charlie my heart, and my skin, but not my story.
Another question I get asked is, “How did you stop?” The answer is, “Mental illness never stops. Depression, in and of itself, never stops. But: you can manage things, you can work hard every day, every hour, every minute, to not hurt yourself.”
You can explore medications. You can go to therapy. You can explore physical activity (yoga, running, swimming, dance). You can draw, write, color, paint, weld, anything, just make something. One thing you can do when you feel stressed or overwhelmed is to try and refocus. Sometimes, if you can just refocus your mind elsewhere, in five minutes, or ten, you might feel just a little better, a little calmer. Jump up and down. Call a friend. Want to know an awesome trick? Hold someone’s hand. When you hold hands, your blood pressure lowers, which calms you down, which helps refocus you. Helps you see things a little clearer. Find a friend, take their hand. Just sit, quietly, and feel their human presence. Our world is so clicky and techy and instant and quick and breathless—just stop. Just breathe.

These things—they may help. They may not. You can only try. I find great solace in books—my friends have always been inside books. That’s where I found people like me. Here are some of my favorite books about mental illness, recovery, addiction, loneliness:

Some books might have triggering subjects. You can look up a book before reading it, decide if it is for you. It could be that one of these books is not right for you at the moment, but it may be in the future.

I will say one last thing, about being a person who suffers from depression, who has ten years of sobriety, to boot: sometimes I also just like to sit the hell down and watch funny things on television. Laughter has a great capacity for improving your physical and mental health and if I need to sit through four hours of Monty Python, but god, I will do it. 
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Kathleen Glasgow lives in Arizona. Girl in Pieces is her first novel for young adults. Find her on Twitter @kathglasgow or Instagram: misskathleenglasgow

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Girl in PiecesTitle: Girl In Pieces
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Publication Date: August 30th 2016
Publisher: Delacote Press
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone 
Blurb Description: Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge. 
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