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Small Fingernails chronicles your life as a college student and explores how toxic relationships impact our well-being. What were some key ideas you wanted to convey in this memoir?
Firstly, I wanted to express the extreme savviness needed to manage a mental health disorder and embark on a romantic relationship for the first time. Such an endeavor requires guidance, support, and troubleshooting from close friends and family. These folks need to be present and available for the person with a disorder and aware of their friend’s new relationship’s precarity on their mental status. Not to mention the ability, stamina, and health to complete college without incident and not let potential issues from their relationship complicate this critical time in their life with unnecessary hangups and avoidable with collateral support. I hope the various characters in Small Fingernails, especially the character Mcdaggot, and his ongoing failure to be truly supportive to Jacques, make all this visible to the reader.
I appreciated how candid and authentic the book is. What was one of the hardest things for you to write about?
One of the most challenging aspects of being authentic was that I still have connections with the ‘friends’ I talked about so freely in the book. Many of them today are very isolative, unhealthy, unkind, and quite frankly destructive people.
Mcdaggot is the perfect example of this uncouth behavior among my supposed friends. He even threatened me on several occasions with a lawsuit while I was writing the book and published it. I think I still get emails about it… very similar to the emails about small claims court that would bring my character to his knees later in my book University on Watch when my dispute with Kim went viral in the group.
To this day, some refuse to read or acknowledge this work as a vital part of my healing (from their callousness) and a literary work calling upon them for recognition as educated folks I attended college with at Binghamton.
What advice would you give to first-year college students that are struggling with their emotions?
Should work or education prove to be ‘too much’ or triggering, look inward, and ask yourself: are you taking the best possible care of yourself as possible? If you cannot identify the reason or roadblock that triggers or activates your symptoms and makes it difficult to work or study, consult with a therapist. Troubleshoot with a psychiatrist.
Just don’t give up or throw in the towel because of a label. A mental health disorder is only as disabling as the power you give it to rule over your life. Sure, there will be days when you can’t make it to work because of your symptoms, but that is OK. Just like the flu, some signs make it too uncomfortable to go in and do our job correctly. Heck, going to work or school in such cases might even be a bad idea, should you be contagious from the flu or tired from depression to get your work done correctly. But these are blips and moments and should not influence your potential for lifetime achievement.
What is the next book that you are working on, and when will it be available?
Wales Middle School: the rise of J. Peters It is already available.
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