I have changed the title and also the cover! I hope to get this book done soon. I have so many other projects lined up and of course not quite enough time!
So much to do!
Someone Like Me a Memoir: The American Opioid Epidemic and Mental Illness (Sweet Melissa #7)
In book #7, I am not only going to tell you about my life after prison, but I am going to try to explain why I made the initial transaction to prostitution, drug addiction, and crime with so little (if any at all) resistance. At first, I was going to re-write Book #1, but I decided that I would take my story to a different level. I want to help and educate others so they won’t make the same mistakes and lifestyle choices that I did. Mental illness is a big factor here, and as crazy (no pun intended) as this may sound, I had absolutely no idea that there was something wrong with me mentally. Sure, I knew I was an addict (but until recently) I didn’t know why I so easily allowed myself to get sucked into a world that I was taught to avoid and that I knew was wrong. I have finally been able to put the pieces of my puzzle together after my diagnosis, and things are starting to make sense. Bipolar Disorder and ADHD (as well as many other mental illnesses, such as PTSD) have a big connection with addiction. I believe that if a proper diagnosis is made early in a child’s life that he/she will (more than likely) avoid making poor choices and, also have a better chance of not becoming addicted to an illegal narcotic. I also believe that addiction is a disease (of course, I’m not a doctor) but I think an addicts brain is wired a bit different than the so-called “normal” or typical one. I’m sure there are plenty of people who will argue this point (but for me personally) I genuinely believe, that had I gotten the proper treatment at an early age, I would not have lived my life the way I did. I wouldn’t have been so reckless and disregardful of not only myself but to everyone around me.
BOOK #7 AVAILABLE SOON!
I always learn things the hard way and writing is no different. I should have never put the other books of my series out so quickly but my impatient nature and my compulsive urge to “Go, Go, Go!” made me do it! I have learned a lot through my other five books and I believe that number six will be “The One.” The dangerous triggers have been omitted. Book six will not only be exciting but it will give hope to anyone that reads it. My dream is to inspire others that anything is possible. People can and do change no matter what life, has either tossed at you or what you have welcomed with open arms. It could possibly be the first book of the series instead of the last. I recommend reading book six and sharing it with everyone you know, then if you want to know how I ended up where I did (read the book to find out!) and how it all began, read the first five. I will be revising the others and putting everything I have learned so far into place. I hope you have enjoyed my story so far and if you are new, welcome to my world! This is not the end. This is just a small piece of what I am. LOVE-PEACE-HAPPINESS-STRENGTH-susie
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” -Rob Siltanen