Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Problem With Crazy


The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. It can be good crazy, bad crazy ... or crazy crazy—like it was when my ex-boyfriend sung about me on the radio.

Eighteen-year-old Kate couldn’t be more excited about finishing high school and spending the summer on tour with her boyfriend’s band. Her dad showing up drunk at graduation, however, is not exactly kicking things off on the right foot—and that’s before she finds out about his mystery illness, certain to end in death.
A mystery illness that she could inherit.
Kate has to convince everyone around her that her father is sick, not crazy. But who will be harder to convince? Her friends? Or herself?

The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.

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I was given this book by author for honest review. Kate has her whole life ahead of her or does she. After her dad comes crashing in; it maybe that she doesn’t. Don’t much care for her jerk boyfriend, enough said. The story itself will leave you with a tearful eyes and a lasting impression.

Author Bio

Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor. Her debut novel, Finding Home, was released through Escape Publishing on October 1, 2013, and her second release, NA Contemporary Romance The Problem With Crazy, is self-published, and is available now.

As well as being a magazine editor for a national audited publication on pet care, Lauren works as a freelance editor for independent authors, and was a Runner Up Editor of the Year in the Publishers Australia awards in 2013.

Lauren is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and is obsessed with words--she likes the way they work.

She lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales with her fiance and their two super-cute puppies.


Blog Hop

Writing about illness

When you're writing a book that deals with a serious illness such as Huntington's disease, it's important to get the facts straight. I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but seriously, when I approached Huntington's NSW, the state body representing this illness in my area, I was surprised to find out they'd been burned by books being printed with incorrect facts in them before. Weird right?

So, I started my research by interviewing some people who suffered from the disease. This was quite tricky; it's hard to say to someone that you want to chat to them about something so personal so you can create a work of fiction and potentially then make money from it.

Next, I downloaded a lot of newspaper and magazine articles and 'personal accounts' of people who suffered from the illness. It was hard trying to separate the fact from the slightly dubious though, with the credibility of some online sources.

Finally, probably the most intense research for me came when I went to an internet chat room where people who thought they may have the disease were talking. I was upfront about why I was there, and most of them were fine with it, but it was such an honest insight into the way this disease works. A lot of these people were teenagers, just like Kate, who were questioning their lives. Would they develop it? Should they get tested? What should they do to help care for their parent?

I feel like with such a heavy post you may not be interested in reading The Problem With Crazy, but I promise you it's not all doom and gloom! After all, there are thousands of tragic things out there that happen to relatively good people every day - but we all still find things to laugh about, right?

This is a story about love. It's a story about life. It's a story about laughter. And it might be a story about you.

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