I was inspired by this incredible book called “Her” that I had picked up at the library and I recently was given the chance to do an online interview with the author Felicia Johnson. I am going to share that with you along with a couple links to look up this great book yourself.
Q: What inspired you to write “Her”?
A: Her was inspired by my late best friend. Her name was Holly. She struggled with BPD and unfortunately lost her battle with depression and BPD and died by suicide when we were teenagers. Her life, friendship and her death affected me deeply. I wanted to understand her and I wanted to understand more about BPD. After years of working in the mental health field after earning my degree in Clinical Psychology, I decided to write a book that could help others understand.
Q: You portrayed the realities of BPD so well. Do you have personal experience? If not, how were you able to write about it so well?
A: It took years of studying. Even though I learned a lot in school, I had a best friend who struggled with BPD. I kept journals and used a lot of events inspired by real life and facts to create a story that people can relate to that has the heart of a textbook to help educate, inspire people and give a message of hope.
3. Q: Do you have any advice for anyone struggling with suicide or self harm?
A: Talk about it. There is someone out there who would rather you talk to them than you hurt yourself.
4. Q: Would you ever like to see “Her” made into a movie?
A: We are in the process of making that happen. 🙂
5. Q: What do you like to do in your spare time? Any hobbies?
A: I love taking long walks. It gives me to think and appreciate nature.
6. Q: “Her” is a pretty lengthy book. About how much time did it take to write it?
A: The story was originally supposed to be broken into three books. My original publisher (8th Street Publishing) did not think it would be a good idea to make readers wait months or even years to get the next part in the series. Since it’s an emotional rollercoaster of a story, we decided to put all three books in one and break them into parts. So, when you’re reading the book, it starts with Part One which is the main character’s, Kristen Elliot, mental breakdown and attempted suicide, followed by Part Two where she learns of her diagnosis and begins her treatment, then Part Three is Kristen’s recovery. It took about 2 years to publish.
7. Q: No question here. Just wanted to let you know how much your book inspired me. I hope many others can read this book and get something from it like I did.