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Hannah was told she would not make it to 25 with the way she was living. She had struggled with mental illness her entire life, but at 22 her demons came to a head at the grips of severe substance abuse, life-changing trauma, and two major deaths in her life.
Hannah’s struggles land her places no one ever hopes to grace; jail and psych wards lead her to the brink of death. Running out of options she’s left with two choices: live or die. This heart-wrenching memoir combines recovery with bittersweet romance told in a raw presentation that immerses the reader into the author’s dark state-of-mind in every page.
Tiger Stripes is going to add a valuable voice to the conversation about women’s mental health issues.
About the Author
If there is anything Hannah believes in, it’s hope, but that wasn’t always the case. For a long time, chaos was comfortable for Hannah, but at just 22 she would have to make her hardest decision yet: was life really worth living? Since picking up a pen Hannah has had a love for writing, and as an adult it would become her greatest tool in healing from an almost decade-long battle with severe mental illness and substance abuse. Her first book, Tiger Stripes, is a harrowing, raw telling of her year in and out of hospitals, treatment centers, and jail that finally led her on the road to recovery and freedom.
Hannah was born in Orange County, CA but has lived in the Los Angeles area for several years. She now lives in West L.A. with her boyfriend. When she is not writing she can be found reading, running, cooking, or finding the best vegan eats in L.A.!
Interview With The Author
Hannah, thanks for being with us today. Congratulations on your upcoming novel! We’re excited to jump into this interview, so let’s get to it!
Tell about yourself in a few sentences.
I am an author, poet, and mental health advocate in West Los Angeles, CA. After being dragged to the brink of death by severe mental illness and alcoholism, I have turned my pain into power and am using my voice to bring awareness to mental health issues and art as a coping mechanism.
Do you have any formal education, credentials or honors you’d like to share? We love giving authors an opportunity to show off.
- English Literature
- UC Santa Barbara(Magna cum laude)
Speaking of showing off, do you have bragging rights on anything that you’d like to share?
I got my bachelor’s degree by 20 years old!
Why do you I write. Is there a philosophy behind the words?
I write to feel, heal, and process my own feelings and to better understand others.
Can you share with our readers what your favorite books are and why they’re on your list?
Crime and Punishment(Fyodor Dostoevsky is one of my favorite authors for both his style and philosophy. He inspired my great love for Russian literature and I reference him frequently in my work).
Can you tell us a little about your writing style?
I strive to create immersive scenes for my readers where I draw them off of the page and into the setting I have written. I write very raw, emotional, and often dark pieces that I believe give a glimpse into the way I feel and process life with mental illness.
What’s your writing process like?
I almost always begin writing out thoughts or ideas by hand first. I will work with rough outlines for chapters, but in general I like to just let my pen(or keyboard) flow and write what I feel. I will usually go through several editing processes depending on the length of the work before I am finished.
What are you working to accomplish?
: I hope that my work shows others that healing can take place from even the worst depths of darkness. I also eventually hope to provide avenues for youth and young adults to process trauma through creative outlets as I have.
Do you have an Works-In-Progress?
I am currently working on a poetry collection and just getting back to working on fiction.
Anything else yo’d like to let our readers know about you?
When I’m not writing or working, I absolutely love running, cooking, and exploring Los Angeles!