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Patchwork Reality; Happily Married to a Schizophrenic an interview
Pauline Hansen is visiting our blog this week.
Pauline, tell us where you were born.
Panguitch, Utah (get out your map, folks!) Hint: It’s in Garfield county 🙂
I been through there… What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Maintaining my confidence. I have times when I’m super confident and feel like I can accomplish anything! Then, occasionally I get a nervous rumble in my belly and wonder if I’ve really got what it takes. It’s quite the roller coaster ride!
Don’t we all. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
Wow, how can I pick just one?Â The writers groups I belong to help a ton. So, maybe that honor would have to go to Marsha Ward, founder of ANWA. I recently attended a writers retreat where she was a keynote speaker, and I’ve come to know and love her and her writing.
An awesome lady. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My dear husband!
Very nice. What is the name of your new book?
Patchwork Reality; Happily Married to a Schizophrenic.
Tell us more about it.
It covers the nine years our family went through not knowing that my husband had paranoid schizophrenia. Little things began to happen, but nothing too alarming or unusual, and the things my husband experienced came as dreams, or revelations, so I had no reason to suspect mental illness. His symptoms escalated, though, to a crazy point, one that finally couldn’t be dismissed, and we were finally able to get him diagnosed. The book includes an epilogue telling how we’re doing 3 years after the fact.
That is so interesting, wow. What genre does your book fall under?
My book is a memoir.
I would have thoughtÂ inspirational… What other books would you compare itÂ to?
Mario Facione’s Mafia to Mormon. There’s a lot of similarities to A Beautiful Mind, alsoÂ (the movie — I haven’t read the book).
I saw theÂ movieÂ ..great movie… What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
So many people I have spoken to know someone that struggles with a mental illness, and I would like my book to be a message of hope, an example of healing and the calm and joy that can assuredly come after the storm. Also, thatÂ mental illnessÂ isn’t something to be ashamed of, by any means!
I know what you mean… Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
My book is being published by Cedar Fort, Inc. with a release date of February 11, 2014.
Best wishes. 🙂 Where can we find your book?
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Walmart.com