Savant Books Announces the Release of Erin Lee's New Novel, "Crazy Like Me"Savant Books and Publications LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, announces the release of Erin Lee's tongue-in-cheek drama of therapy and recovery, "Crazy Like Me"
Erin Lee's CRAZY LIKE ME (Savant 2015)
PRLog - Aug. 9, 2015 - HONOLULU -- Take a few unhappy couples. Add broken hearts, anger, envy, betrayal, and hope. Stir continuously for 50-minutes. Simmer and repeat. Soon, lives collide in yet another of Dr. Katherine Murphy's group therapy sessions. Who will bubble over this week? Might it even be Murphy, who struggles with her own relationship demons? Sometimes it’s not about a happy ending; it’s all about the crazy journey.
Erin Lee is a freelance writer and therapist living with her family in southern New Hampshire. She's published numerous magazine articles, particularly on the topic of mental illness, most recently in Behavioral Healthcare magazine. A trained journalist, Lee has also worked for a variety of daily and weekly newspapers. Her other writing interests include poetry and journaling. She earned her master's degree in psychology in 2013 and works as a home-based family therapist.
"I’m thrilled to bring Katherine and her lively group to life. Their quirks, pains, joys and triumphs are something we can all relate to. Everyone has a wild Uncle Earl. But what makes Crazy Like Me so much fun is watching him give life advice to the crazy cat lady or the very therapist he pays to fix him," says Lee. "'I know my readers will fall in love with the man who dresses like a rainbow, the woman stepping out into the world for the first time in her adult life, and the spunky couple who has something to teach us all.”
Crazy Like Me by Erin Lee - 324 pages - 6" x 9" Trade Book - Color Softcover. ISBN 978-0-9915622-8-2 . Suggested retail price $16.95. Released in June 2015 by Savant Books and Publications, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
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Have you ever wished to be a fly on the wall of a therapy room? Are you curious about other people’s lives? Do you wonder if they are as messy as your own? Is everyone crazy, like me?
There is a saying among therapists that we are all a little crazy. This may not be a bad thing. Who doesn’t have a wild Uncle Earl who wears mismatched socks and drinks too much at family barbecues? He’s quite loveable, the way he brings stolen lollipops for the children without fail. Would life really be as interesting without Grandma Ethel’s insistence that a wedding just isn’t a proper nuptial without lilacs and a marching band, complete with a tuba player?
If therapy room flies could talk, they would tell you that life is not always easy. And boiling a week’s worth of emotions, troubles, and fears into less than an hour’s time can be even more challenging. As humans, we struggle with the same issues – learning who we are, what we want out of life, who we want to be, and how to get there. We all run into obstacles. We fall, we get up, and the ride isn’t always smooth. If we’re lucky, we do it together – for good or bad.
When I first became a family therapist, one of my greatest challenges was moving between sessions with shy teens incapable of eye contact to teens unable to take a breath because of their manic mothers. I took on their anxieties and problems and felt like I was on a rollercoaster. The vicissitudes of several consecutive 50-minute-hour daily mini dramas almost made me abandon my dream of helping others. Then, I remembered the big joke: We are all a little crazy. I figured; why not celebrate our common nuttiness? I decided finally to enjoy the ride.
“Crazy Like Me” was born as a wink to our shared human experiences. I often wondered what it would be like to put that shy teenager in a room with the manic mother. I had a feeling they could help each other. When I finally did, I saw the magic of human connectedness.
A work of fiction, “Crazy Like Me” is the story of Dr. Katherine Murphy, a psychologist who has the guts to take on that same challenge and allow her clients to learn from one another. Her recipe is simple: Take a few unhappy couples and a dash or two of lonely singles. Add broken hearts, anger, envy, betrayal, and hope. Stir continuously for 50-minutes. Simmer and repeat. Soon, lives collide in the craziest of ways.
I did not know what would happen to the doctor and crew when I first put these characters in a group therapy room together. But, like a fly on the wall, I found myself learning more than I ever imagined from Katherine and her eccentric clients. I stopped looking at the clock and let them take me on their journey. They made me laugh. They made me cry. They warmed my heart. Best, they surprised me. They are, after all, crazy, like me.
In “Crazy Like Me,” you don’t need to be a fly on the psychotherapy wall to meet characters who will inspire you, challenge you, and make you laugh out loud. Instead, come as you are to Katherine’s Friday group sessions. Here, you will meet a man who dresses like a rainbow and has a matching personality, a terrified grandmother stepping out - runway style - into the world for the first time, a spunky couple fighting for their children, and a girl who needs her pet lizards to feel alive. The rules are simple – respect one another and keep things said in the group in confidence. Before you know it, you too will be looking around the room thinking they’re crazy, like me.