Why you should read my poetry book “I am not invisible: #AKF poetry in honor of @jarpad & others”
As a book reviewer, I enjoy the privilege of reading and reviewing the works of wonderful authors from numerous genres. Oftentimes, I can be found offering my enthusiastic endorsements via my articles at The Nerdy Girl Express, my own personal blog posts or with my Amazon reviews. I am, and always will be, a passionate advocate for creative expression.
However, it is a sensitive undertaking extolling the virtues of one’s own poetry book. My twin sister, Stacy Miller, is my marketing manager. She is brilliantly handling my promotional needs for my Always Keep Fighting poetry book.
But why should you read my book “I am not invisible: Always Keep Fighting poetry in honor of Jared Padalecki & others.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with Jared Padalecki, he is a talented actor who has played Sam Winchester on The CW’s long running show Supernatural. Supernatural will begin its 12th season in October. In March 3, 2015, Jared Padalecki courageously opened up about his own struggles with anxiety and depression. He gave a very public voice to an often painful, silent struggle. Subsequently, he formed the Always Keep Fighting campaign. With the battle cry of Always Keep Fighting, Love Yourself First, You Matter and I am Enough, Jared Padalecki used his compassion and celebrity to raise awareness and funds for organizations fighting to end the stigma associated with mental illness.
In January, 2016, I began my poetic journey writing verse to honor Jared and other anxiety and depression sufferers. This community is personal to me: I have suffered from anxiety and depression for over 25 years. Each day is a battle in my own war over this affliction. Writing poetry is my armor against the formidable foe of mental illness.
My poetry book transcends fans of Jared Padalecki and Supernatural. It is meant to be a universal book of comfort highlighting a universal struggle. One of the happiest moments for me since releasing this book was receiving an email from a woman (who was neither a Jared Padalecki nor a Supernatural fan) who wrote that she was giving my book as a birthday present for her daughter. Her daughter suffers from depression. Her daughter always felt alone and ridiculed. The email ended with how my poetic words understood her daughter’s plight.
Anxiety and Depression don’t discriminate. Yet, compassion weaves a tapestry of hope. It is my desire that my poetry book also serves as a tapestry of hope.