Friday, August 18, 2017

Interview with Mary Brooks, author of Mary Lives: A story of Anorexia Nervosa & Bipolar Disorder








Publication Date: March 5, 2014
Publisher: XlibrisAU
Formats: Ebook
Pages: 396
Genre: Mental Health
Tour Dates: July 24th-August 4th

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In this chaotic, desperate storm the brain tries hard to gather its fragmented parts, and anchor down the guy lines. To weather out this hopelessness, this turmoil and this pain, -prevent disintegration until the calm returns and clear skies come again.In this chaotic, desperate storm the brain tries hard to gather its fragmented parts, and anchor down the guy lines. To weather out this hopelessness, this turmoil and this pain, -prevent disintegration until the calm returns and clear skies come again.




What was the hardest part about writing your book? 

Wanting feedback, wanting to know what others thought of my book. I would still appreciate feedback. marybrooks1@optusnet.com.au 

Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, can you share it? 

The prologue ‘Full’ “Mary has a full, abundant, joyful life. She could never have expected another happiness could happen in her life. Next May she would be a grandmother for the first time. Every mother has probably looked forward to becoming a grandmother, that is, every mother who has found mothering a fulfilling experience.” I now have 3 grandsons and love them dearly 

What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book? 

I hope they can appreciate that all the torment of my younger years is now behind me, and can see for themselves or for others suffering Anorexia Nervosa or Bipolar Disorder, that the best thing is to get help as quickly as possible.

Who or what is the inspiration for the book? 

Writing this book I was inspired by realizing how far I had come, and deciding to share that with others. And hopefully helping others as well. 

Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little? 

I showed many of my poems to a wonderful Psychiatrist, who helped me see that I was a real, whole person, that I could put the past behind me and still have a full life. 

I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well? Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author? 

I like a lot of different genres, and read crime novels for relaxation.



Mary is a General Practitioner, a Family Doctor, and became anorexic and depressed at age 12. She writes of the chaos and pain of her life, through her abnormal adolescence and adult years, to the equilibrium of the current day. It is an enlightening and inspiring story of Anorexia Nervosa and Bipolar Affective Disorder or Manic Depression.

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