Karen provides a unique perspective as a mother who, because of her biases and ignorance, was totally blindsided by her daughters’ mental illnesses. She shares what was needed to turn her feelings of isolation and helplessness into hope and recovery—for herself and for her entire family. She discusses the root of our biases, fear, and stigma. She offers insight on what is needed to let go of parental guilt and move into advocacy.
Karen also shares what moved her to write novels that humanize individuals with mental illness. Through literature, she hopes to educate while entertaining, elicit empathy while telling a great story, and advocate by reaching those who just don’t “get it.”