I am writing a book about my daughter, Justine’s life. She was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and lived with many ups and downs as a result. My memoir is very candid and I don’t want to “sugarcoat” the complexities of mental illness. I don’t think that would help lift the stigma. Understanding is the first step.
Justine was killed in a car accident last year and I really feel she would want her story known. She was always open about her disease and felt it should be treated like any medical problem, with compassion, not disgust. She was a strong advocate for the homeless and always lent a sympathetic ear to their plight knowing she might have ended up on the streets too had she not received help and had understanding friends and family. Although sometimes I struggle with the feeling I’m betraying her in some way, I do know I’m doing the right thing.
This brings me to the dilemma I am having about my blog. Many people tell me they read it to learn more about Justine. This is wonderful and the reason I’m writing. The difficulty I have is that I want to interest my readers without telling all the secrets that will be in my memoir. I want to keep my blog readers coming back but I don’t want to write too much here for fear there will be no reason to read my book.
This is where you can help. Do you think I should be including excerpts from the book here? Would that interest you in reading more?