“ "Brisbane teacher who cared too much - ended up in psychiatric facility. Serves as a warning to all of us. Make a great movie! Very well edited - well done!"- Spencer Howson: ABC 612 Radio, 2012. "I was totally hooked. This is one of the strongest hooks I’ve ever read - it was instant. I know this is real; I know this is your pain and your anguish ─ but my goodness, congratulations on your bravery." ─ Kaz Delaney, author of Dead, Actually - Allen & Unwin, 2012
A teacher is repeatedly harassed by parents at her school to breaking point and beyond. In a fit of desperation, she escapes and runs. Police and medical professionals discover her hiding in a lonely motel, forcing her into the frightening world of the psychiatric system.
The reader is taken back to the classroom, discovering how the harassment affected Karen as we journey through her gradual decline and disintegration leading to her incarceration. Later Karen performs an ‘experiment’, purposefully stressing over a disturbed student, keeping herself awake at night – all in order to kick-start the creative ideas she craves.
ME AND HER: a Memoir of Madness uncovers Karen’s unforeseen relationship with her psychologist, her pitch-black manic dreams and her two personas. ME ─ wife, mother, writer and teacher. HER ─ manic, psychic, healer to the living, telepathic to the dead, and she’s very psychotic.
Why did she become so crazy?
How did she claw her way back from Insanity?
‘I am impressed at how Karen has turned a dismal situation into a healing tool for others. Not only teachers will relate to her long-awaited book, but all who have experienced life’s ups and downs.’
─ Dawn Alice, author of LOVE LIFE TAROT