The Reality Of My Life

Author Interview
Naomi Fryers Author Interview

A Very Long Way is an impassioned memoir detailing your life and the challenges you faced. What inspired you to write this memoir?

I wrote this memoir to ultimately convey a message of hope. The reality of my life proves that no one is beyond redemption and rock bottom is a fine and solid foundation upon which you can rebuild- provided you are willing to do the work. I think this message is important for mental health consumers and in particular those who have hit breaking point. I am a fierce advocate that some of our hardest adversities in life are our best teachers.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

The parts of my book which talk about my suicidality were difficult to discuss. They brought up a lot of raw emotion.

That said, ultimately this proved to be cathartic and I’m glad I had the opportunity to put some of those issues to bed.

What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?

That you can get out of your recovery journey what you put in.

If you commit to making huge life changes, the shifts can be enormous- but ultimately first, everyone needs to be afforded a sense of hope to make those changes.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m working towards a poetry collection which should be available by the end of 2022.

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Naomi was born a bold and free spirit who loved to entertain people with stories. From knocking about the outskirts of Melbourne’s northern suburbs until the late 1990s to finding herself enrolled at a socially uncomfortable elite private girls’ college, she developed some increasingly problematic coping strategies for life’s challenges. Determined to outrun these issues, her dalliance as country waitress concluded with further heartbreak. Then, while living it up on Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Street and editing her university newspaper, her university degree concluded but her buried accumulative volatility did not.

Simmering with increasing complexity, her challenges eventually culminated in Naomi’s dramatic nervous breakdown. Her rock bottom climaxed with her riding in the back of a divisional van and being locked up in a psychiatric ward. Her ongoing confusion and indirection, coupled with suppressed trauma, eventually almost costing her life. In the decade subsequent, however, she learned to embrace a comeback journey that involved personal development, advocacy and ultimately rediscovering her bold and free-spirited inner self. Far richer for the diverse lived experience, this book reinforces the fact that with hope, grit and determination, the human spirit can indeed take us A Very Long Way.

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