I have been writing books since 1993, when I was in my early 20s. I didn’t get a book published, however, until 2008, when Routledge (in the UK) picked up Beyond Medication, a peer-reviewed and essentially academic book that I co-edited and co-wrote with a psychiatrist from Chicago, Dr. David Garfield. Publishing it was huge for me, and inspired a lot more from within me, including my first film, Take These Broken Wings. Several of the chapter contributors to Beyond Medication, including Joanne Greenberg, an author whose works I’ve been reading since I was a teenager, also appeared in that first film.
My earlier unpublished books, however, were not formal like Beyond Medication. They were the exact opposite. They were sort of passionate travelogues of a variety. My first one, called Have Thumb, Will Travel, tells the story of a month-long hitchhiking trip I took around Australia the month my parents split up, when I was 21. The second one, These Songs of Freedom, tells of a trip to Russia and China I took with my guitar when I was 22. I tried desperately to get both published, and even aroused some interest in a decent agent in New York City for my first one, but…he couldn’t sell it to any publishers. It didn’t help that I had no name and no reputation.
But I kept writing anyway, because I loved it. Several other books followed — about traveling, philosophy, psychology.
As it stands, I still have about eight or ten unpublished manuscripts sitting in my computer’s hard drive. I haven’t looked at most of them in years. Maybe someday I will!
Meanwhile, here are my other published books, my newest one at the top of the list, published in 2014:
- Breaking from Your Parents: Setting a New Precedent for Your Life and Our Species
- Toward Truth: A Psychological Guide To Enlightenment
- From Trauma to Enlightenment: Self-Therapy in Twelve Steps (co-written with Fred Timm)
- A Way Out of Madness: Dealing with Your Family After You’ve Been Diagnosed with a Mental Disorder (co-written and co-edited with Matthew Morrissey)