I get requests, especially from young adults and those in recovery, for a free book. If I am at an event, I often do have at least two copies to give away that were gifted. However, giving away hundreds ends up costing me a lot of money because I have to pay for books from my publisher and then ship them. And right now I’m not making much with most of my paid event having been canceled.
So when I get a request, I know there are people in my tribe who can help.
Recently, a young man reached out and asked for a book. He is a young adult who has struggled and I reached out to my network and so many offered. I was so touched. My friend Virginia from Fayetteville sent a copy of the book to the young man in the midwest.
At the same time, an anonymous donor gave me funds to offer a book in Charles’s memory, Marshalou Pharr donated a book in memory of her son and then Maryellen Viglis’ sister, Elyse Kascik, bought six copies of Diary of a Broken Mind to give away in DJ Viglis’ honor. DJ died by suicide in April 2020 and like Charles, struggled with addiction and mental illness.
These moms have stories of having lost a child to addiction or suicide. They are not my stories to tell and I will let them submit their narrative when they are ready to do so. For now, they want to share mine with someone who needs it.
If you know of someone who wants or needs a book (kindle ebook or paperback) and can’t afford it right now, or if you are that person, fill out this google form so I can send you one. Courtesy of my emotionally naked tribe. 🙂