I have something to share with readers today. Something I'm really excited about.
For those that have been following the progress of my latest project, Dismantling Evan, you know that I have not released any real teasers for you as of yet.
The one and only reason is I am still writing D.E. and with this project in particular, I want to complete the manuscript before I begin sharing excerpts.
With that beings said, I am not done with the manuscript but after a long writing marathon this past week, I did have the itch to create a teaser/video trailer for D.E.
This video will definitely give you some clues in regards to the direction Dismantling Evan will be taking as a contemporary fiction novel revolving around teens with mental disorders and illness in our society with all of the other "life" and "coming of age" aspects that teens in general face in their lives.
Obviously, the focus of this story is Evan (Evangeline Phillips), but no this.....Evangeline is only a part of the grander storyline with other characters' facing challenges greater than her own.
I have placed a brief synopsis of Dismantling Evan in the book trailer, however, I want to also place it here since it is the root of this story.
~ Dismantling Evan is a coming of age novel that fleshes out Evan's (Evangeline Philips) unsteady and shifting teen life while pushing through a societal epidemic that is utterly "dismantling" leaving hearts of families and entire communities broken and questioning "Why did this happen?" ~
Some evidence and thoughts as to why this story (Dismantling Evan) needs to be written:
*Just over 20 percent (or 1 in 5) children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder. ( National Institute of Mental Health -http://www.nimh.nih.gov/statistics/1ANYDIS_CHILD.shtml)
*The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that in 2014 1 of 3 students reported being bullied during the school year.http://nobullying.com/category/bullying-facts/bullying-statistics/
* "Estimates suggest that between 60 and 90 percent of adolescents with mentalhealth disorders fail to receive treatment." (Knopf, D. K., Park, J., & Mulye, T. P. (2008). The mental health of adolescents: A national profile, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2012, from
*People now know that mental illness has neurologic causes and is therefore amenable to treatment. But this knowledge has not resulted in greater tolerance toward the mentally ill.