"Can you 'write' yourself well? And if you don't like the story life has written for you, can you change it?"
So begins the blurb for my book, Writing Therapy. I've been extremely lucky, getting some fantastic reviews (the most recent here and here). And now - drumroll - I can announce that the book has been longlisted for the Young Minds Book of the Year Awards 2009. You can find out about the awards here. And any teens out there can also get involved in the reviewing process. It's a simple as sending them an e-mail!
Looking at the company I'm keeping on the longlist, I'm under no illusions. Although Writing Therapy is about a teenager, it wasn't written specifically for a teenage audience. But there are ten books here with a real chance of helping the growing number of teenagers and young people who suffer in some way from mental illness. Thankfully, treatment these days isn't as barbaric as that suffered by my protagonist, Sophie. But the stigma remains, and Young Minds is one of a growing number of charities doing its best to help reduce it.