Today we present the conclusion of our four-part interview with Susie L. Landown-Clarke, the self-published author of Mental Illness: MI Doesn’t Look Like Me. You can read the first three parts in our Author Blogs section.
Susie, what advice would you give to other aspiring authors?
Be receptive to feedback, it will redirect your path to a direction that empowers your thinking, your writing, and (most importantly) your passion to deliver a humbling message that’s easier to share.
Once the book was completed and I was notified that it was ready for print, the feeling of accomplishment was so surreal. Everyone has a story to tell, and whether it’s a fun story or a raw story it has relevance. Even though we share commonalities and similar experiences, as a diverse people no one’s story has the same beginning or end. So pen yours–it’s about you, not them!
What is your next writing project?
I’m contemplating a children’s book in honor of my daughter, Landowyn Clarke. She’s my biggest inspiration and motivation to be a role model to little girls and young women. Also, I may try a book that cultivates family rooting. Either way, I want to continue sharing my passion to write about truths that encourage and lift the human spirit. Writing is a free hobby that enlightens my imagination with thought-provoking realities.
I hope to connect with various local networks and radio broadcasts that will further promote the book. Also, I’m planning a book launch event this upcoming Spring 2018.
In additional to focusing on the book, my purpose is much broader in bringing light to this dark illness. I am currently collaborating with a group of people in my community to start a non-profit organization called IGEMS, which stands for “I Galvanize to Eradicate Mental-Health Silence.” The goal is to expand awareness, as well increase resource availabilities to veterans and young, school-aged children and teens.
Thank you very much for your time, Susie, and best of luck with your upcoming projects! Readers, you can find Mental Illness: MI Doesn’t Look Like Me at Amazon and the AuthorHouse Bookstore.