This Wednesday, February 29th, is the last day to enter into the drawing for a free copy of the book Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock. I thought it would be fun to ask the author a few questions about writing this book and her experience with bipolar disorder. I think you’ll find the interview very interesting, check it out!
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Welcome Ka to my blog! When I first heard about your book I immediately became curious about your experience with bipolar disorder and your inspiration to incorporate it into your novel.
What made you decide to write a book about relationships and bipolar disorder?
That happened rather accidentally, at least in the beginning—I needed what I thought was a good reason for a woman to give her baby to her sister rather than trust her husband to raise her. So I gave him bipolar disorder because there is a range of symptoms, many differing opinions on treatment as wells as a variety of medications. All this meant I had ample room within that diagnosis to create my character. Initially I thought he should be a complex man that would not be trustworthy enough to care for his child. Shame on me! As I came to understand Mickey Chandler, I soon realized that his mental illness was an empty argument and certainly no reason—in and of itself—that my heroin would not want him to have their child. So as I got to know Mickey, and he emerged as such a good guy despite his diagnosis, what started out as a mere character trait soon became a driving force in the story. Mental illness is of particular interest to me, and delving into Mickey and his relationship with the world was an exercise in discovery as well as appreciation. Bipolar disorder symptomology ranges from mild to debilitating and frequently cycles between these extremes. I characterized Mickey as having this illness but also layered him with an admirable core and great insight into his disorder—two imperative components of this story.
Do you have any experience with bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses?
How did you research bipolar disorder for this book?
What was the most challenging aspect of writing this story?
What do you hope to communicate through this story, is there a life lesson or experience you wanted to share?
If there is BPD in your life, whether as patient or caregiver, I wish you peace and long bouts of stability. When you can’t attain those, I wish you respite and a shoulder. This blog is a good thing, Mama Bear. Thank you for hosting me.
Don’t worry, I won’t be using your personal info, it will be destroyed after a winner is selected. Also, in an effort to have full disclosure, I’ll be receiving a free book too from Simon & Schuster.