Fostering the Love: Reading and Training Foster Children and Parents

We are so looking forward to a great day this Saturday! I’ll be joining Personality Disorder Awareness Network to head over to the Atlanta chapter of National Youth Advocate Program.

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NYAP’s mission, from their website:

 

NYAP is an energetic instrument of compassion and change in the lives of children, youth, and families and the systems, structures and practices that affect them.

NYAP is a national organization that works closely with the foster care system, and they have three local chapters in Georgia.

On Saturday, I am honored to be reading a book to the children written by a psychologist for children to give them a bit of insight into parents’ behaviors. As I have been in the foster care system, I am really looking forward to getting to know these kids!  Afterwards, we will be holding a training on trauma for foster parents. Since many of the children in the system have been involved in one type of trauma or another, such as some kind of abuse, the trauma of losing one or both parents, or similar situations, it is so important for parents to be able to recognize and understand how to deal with symptoms and care for them compassionately.

Wish me luck that I can help inspire hope for the future of these kids and parents, and that maybe I’ll learn a little something new myself!

 

NAMI South Bay Joins Crowdfunding Push!

Hello friends! We are closing in on the final days of our crowdfunding project to turn the novel Her into a movie! An amazing partner has signed on to promote this awareness campaign, NAMI South Bay! Please visit them to show them some support, especially if you are local to them. And don’t forget, we need donations to get this movie project off the ground as soon as possible! We need a minimum of $2,500, and your donation can help get us there.

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And as a special treat, we are offering a new perk, not available on the Hatchfund site! For a limited time, if you make a tax-deductible donation of $100, I will include you in an exclusive workshop on journaling as therapy for depression and other mental illnesses. I have shared my strategies for journaling with a very special group of young students in Africa, and many left feeling empowered and inspired.

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If you would like to join my workshop, but are unable to make the donation yourself, never fear! You can get this great perk by finding friends to donate in your name! Just have your friends contact us at herthebook@gmail.com to let us know that they donated. Get $100 donated for you, and we will send you the exclusive link to be a part of this journaling for depression workshop. So what are you waiting for? Donate today!

Thank you again for your donations. This project is aimed at reaching young adults who are struggling with mental illnesses like BPD, so that they can finally see that despite all the struggles, there is hope for a better life. Please help me share that message!

 

Free e-Book to Promote Fundraising!

Hello everyone! The deadline for the fundraising project to turn Her into a feature film is drawing near, and we haven’t quite hit our mark. To sweeten the deal a bit, I’m giving away the Kindle version for free today and tomorrow! In return, you are encouraged to spend what you would have spent on the book as donation to the Hatchfund. That’s just $2.99, and it’s 100% tax deductible!

In our donor perks, we list a social media shoutout for the $25 level, but for the next two days, if you donate that $2.99, I’ll give you a special shoutout as thanks! And, as a fun bonus, if you donate any more than $2.99, I’ll mail you a signed bookmark!

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Remember, the purpose of turning this book into a movie is to reach more young people who have been diagnosed with a life-altering personality disorder. We want to show these people that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that there is hope for a bright future, no matter how big the struggle.

Your donation helps us get one step closer to sharing our message of awareness and positivity. We can’t do it without you! So go to Amazon to grab your free book, then jump on Hatchfund and donate 2.99 to make this dream a reality!

A Letter To A Dear Friend

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Dear Angela,

 
Sitting here, in shock, surrounded by pain that only a loss could bring. I seem to only be able to stop crying for just a second. It’s just enough time to wipe my eyes and see clearly enough to finish this sentence. Then the tears spring up again and cloud up my vision as I begin the next sentence. Either way, I’m going to get through this even if my face is drenched by the time I finish this letter. There are a few things that I must get off my chest. Wherever you are, you will get this message.
 
A little over a year ago, I saw your contest for writers who were looking to be published. I had entered many other writing contests and had been rejected. Unfortunately, I didn’t write the “ideal” YA genre novel. While werewolves, vampires, ghosts and other paranormal and mythical creatures were dominating the YA genre, you were looking for something different. You were looking for something with heart and that had a realistic message. 
 
Just when I was about to give up on my dream of being a published author, you called me on the telephone. You said, “I get it. This is about real life. This is about giving hope to others who feel hopeless. We’re going to make a difference in this world with this book. I believe in you. You have to believe, too.” 
 
You could never know how much your words meant to me. That was the beginning of this amazing journey that I am on with my novel right now. If you hadn’t believed in me, I don’t think anyone would have known about “Her”. You’ve not only helped me, but you contributed to helping every single person who has been filled with hope by this book. You are responsible for distributing it to the world. I am forever grateful to you.
 
You were a talented author. I learned what it was like to “think like an author” from you. You once told me, “It’s not what you write that will get people interested. It’s how you tell the story. You have to make your audience feel something.” Then you said something no one had ever said to me before. You said, “When I read your story, you made me feel something inexpiable. I don’t even know where to begin.” Little did I know, that wouldn’t be the last time someone would say that, after reading my novel. You started something there! 
 
Now, because of you, I know how to take that as a compliment. It’s a mission accomplished.  It’s like the quote that we both enjoyed by the late Dr. Mya Angelou. She said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” You helped me to appreciate that our stories must make people feel SOMETHING. Whether it is happiness, anger, joy, sadness, love, peace, hope…it’s better than nothing at all. That way, our audience will always remember how they felt. And they’ll remember the author who wrote the novel that made them feel that way.
 
You had a good eye for beauty and other people’s talent. I’ll always be grateful for the chance you took on me. I was just an unknown writer who was trying. I was like everyone else with a dream. 
 
Your belief in all things good had a magical effect on my confidence. You helped me to see that all things are possible despite what may seem to be happening. You told me to be patient, know that it will happen, and allow myself to learn and become wiser. I’m a better author because you believed in me. I’m a published author because you supported me and took a chance on me when no one knew who I was. I learned to believe…but I just can’t believe that you’re gone…
 
I look forward to continuing this journey that you helped paved the way for. Because of you, I’m an author. I’m not just a writer. I won’t take your advice lightly. Nor will I waste the opportunity that you gave me. I promise. No matter how hard things get on the journey, I promise you that I won’t stop until it’s over. Thank you for believing in me.
 
Love,
Felicia

“Her” The Book To Film Hatchfund Donation Technical Difficulties!

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Attention: anyone who has tried to donate to our Hatchfund project to turn Her the book into Her the movie! There have been some technical difficulties for the past few days and a few people have reported not being able to donate to the campaign.

If you have visited the Hatchfund project page and tried to make a donation, but the page timed out, we have other options for you. Please call our project manager, Erin, at 877-893-0587 in order to make your tax-free donation. Alternatively, you can mail a check (payable to AIM Hatchfund) to:

AIM Hatchfund
1905 Harney Street
Omaha, NE 68102-2367

Remember that we need all of these donations in as soon as possible so we can make our goal to get started with this project, so please donate ASAP! Deadline is 9/28/14 so please don’t delay!

Visit http://www.herthebook.com

Visit and PLEASE SHARE WITH EVERYONE! http://www.hatchfund.org/project/mental_health_novel_to_film_adaptation

Thank you again for all of your donations and shares, and don’t forget that if you share with three people who donate at least $25 apiece, then you can get the first level perk!

‘Her’ Draws Attention To A Disorder That Disrupts The Lives Of Many Teens And Robs Them Of Their Self-Identity

Originally posted on NAMI South Bay:

In ‘Her,’ Felicia Johnson takes us into the mind of a girl suffering with borderline personality disorder, and deftly portrays her hopes and struggles as she desperately tries to understand it.

Tucker, GA, June 20, 2014 – While mental health issues are more freely discussed these days, it’s still difficult to approach someone who might have a problem. But ignoring it is not an option. With courage and great hope, Felicia Johnson deftly portrays the struggles of a girl with borderline personality disorder in Her (8th Street Publishing).

“Her takes readers into the mind of someone who is suffering so they can get a first person view of a painful mental disorder,” says Johnson. “The story is an example of how, if we try to push the past away, we are either doomed to repeat it or let it haunt us to our graves.”

At first glance, Kristen Elliott is…

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