Q: How long did you work on Becoming Whole?
I worked on Becoming Whole before it was that for at least eight years. I started trying to write in 2004. Technically, the book idea didn’t come until 2012 after I was hospitalized and after I read Glass Castle. But I could say that I wrote about schizophrenia on and off for 16 years. It was always in the back of my mind.
Q: Are you still in touch with your friends in the book? What about Dan and Chris?
Yes, I am still in touch with almost everyone in the book. These are friends who have been with me through all kinds of ups and downs in life. I have been to many of their weddings and birthday parties for their kids. However, I was never in touch with Dan and am no longer in touch with Chris
Q: Did you use real names?
I have spoke to individuals in the book and ask for their preference and permission to include their real names. So some are real names.
Q: Where is Dr. Han?
I am not sure where he is. Last I heard, he was retired. I feel no need to find him. At one point, I wish I could get hold of a copy of my medical records of those early years though. I have no record of those earlier times except what I remember which is not perfect. However, since the book is published and I have told my story, I feel less the need to get hold some evidence that shows this all really happened.
Q: When was the last time you had a relapse?
The last time I heard voices was in 2015 for about one week. I believe that was triggered by a spike of work stress while being on a very low dosage of medication. The time before that, which I described in the book, I ended up in the hospital. Overall, I had two major psychotic events with full-on talking and imagining: the first one in 2004 and 2011. Between 2004 and 2011, there were small relapses and it’s hard to say exactly how many. Not every day, week, or month though. Some were hearing voices. Sometimes it was delusional or confused thinking.
Q: Do you have ideas for what to write next?
Yes, I have three book ideas right now!!! A second memoir and two novels. Let’s hope it does not take me another 16 years to finish my thoughts!