What is an #OwnVoices Novel?

You may have seen me mention in conjunction with my novel, Five Fathoms Beneath, and my work in progress, The Stars That Govern Us, that these are #ownvoices novels. What does that specifically mean in the context of my work? An “OwnVoices” novel is a fictional story with a marginalized character or characters — and there are many ways people can be …

"They just got caught out in the rain…"

Esquire has an outstanding article about Bruce Springsteen’s struggles with mental health and his relationship with his father, who was paranoid schizophrenic.  Writing of a friend who took his life, Springsteen says, “Well, somebody was in a bad place, and they just got caught out in the rain. Another night, another way, someone else there . . . it might not …

It's ok not to be ok.

On this World Mental Health Day, please remember, it’s ok not to be ok.  Break. The. Stigma.