Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall Girl - Marybeth Smith

Fall Girl, by Marybeth Smith


Marybeth Smith is a perpetual perfectionist living out her daily life as an imperfect mother of three little ones. In 2010, she founded the website www.askabipolar.com, where she and a group of authors suffering from bipolar disorder answer reader’s questions about mental illnesses. In her spare time she writes, blogs and designs websites. Fall Girl is her first published novel, and she hopes that one day, through this book and her website; she will be able to help bring an end to the stigma surrounding mental illness. To learn more about Marybeth visit www.marybethsmith.com or www.askabipolar.com. You can contact her via email at marybeth@askabipolar.com.

Product description:

Annabelle has always taken her bipolar brother under her wing, but after years of acting as his personal disaster janitor, she finds herself fighting against her lifelong compulsion to take responsibility for his actions and fix all his mistakes. It's easier said than done, especially when his actions affect her own future.

The struggle between letting her brother deal with his own consequences and fixing just one more thing for him - so she can keep the life she's always known - pushes and pulls at her as each mistake he makes lands her further and further from the future she had planned. In the end, the decision she makes about whether or not to play cleanup crew for his most recent disaster, does not in fact produce the results she expected ... but ... it just so happens, it might not be such a horrible thing after all.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
Because it gives a unique perspective on mental illness through the eyes of a sibling instead of the person suffering from the disorder.

Q: Why did you go indie?
I’d explored both traditional and indie publishing. After a couple years of reading author and agent blogs, I began to dislike the how things were handled and how authors changed after becoming agented. I was not interested in being tied down by deadlines or publicity rules. I didn’t publish this book for money; I published it to get out the message about how mental illness affects the family and friends of those who suffer from one.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Ellen Hopkins, Jay Asher, Sylvia Plathhttp://www.marybethsmith.com/projects/fall-girl

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