I was so blown away by Elizabeth's comments on the writing of her own book I thought I'd share them here. -Kelly Justice, owner of Fountain
From the author:
The Story behind Miracle: This is an intensely personal book for me, although I didn't realize it when I wrote it. I heavily researched PTSD, reading everything I could get my hands on, including anything having to do with PTSD in teenagers. The kicker: I have, when I wrote this book, and still have, PTSD. It's only in the past year (2011), with the help of a therapist, that I've come to realize this.
What I see now is that a lot of Megan's actions, especially her panic attacks, are based on panic attacks that I actually had. At the time, I thought hey, I'm panic prone and this is helpful!! I was like Megan, lost in cloud of doubt and anxiety and overwhelming terror. (Unlike Megan, I wasn't able to even start to process what was going on for years)
So I'm really proud of Megan for being so much smarter and stronger than I was and I have come to love her, her family, Joe, and Margaret (especially Margaret!) more than I thought possible. I hope you like Megan's story.
And a huge, huge Thank You! to Jay Asher for taking time out of his crazy busy schedule to read the book, and to then write something so wonderful. I still remember reading what he wrote and saying, "JAY ASHER! And he likes my book!" (And then there may have been lots more happy yelping. Okay, there was.)