It’s been a while since I’ve plugged my book, A Tale of Two Masks. I originally wrote the book back in late 2013, but didn’t make it available to retailers until late 2015. The reviews have been great. I bring this up because many ask me why I was so brave (or foolish) to not write under a pseudonym. I think the reasons are self-evident. A work is only as strong as the author’s willingness to let it breathe and stand on its own. Anyone who writes about mental illness under a pseudonym is inherently weakening their own words. How can a story be related to if one can’t put a person with the words? Also, the lack of a pseudonym – combined with a foreword by the therapist I work with – means that my words can legitimacy. Finally, it is important to instill courage for the reader – though I suspect and realize that the benefits of “coming out” as antisocial and/or psychopathic are limited – so that they may choose their own course when dealing with what to share with others.
My query-handler and copyeditor has resigned to pursue other projects after two years of incredibly dedicated work for my book, A Tale of Two Masks. The book would not be anywhere as strong as it is without the heart and soul that she put in during the copyediting and revision processes as well as the feedback loop we shared while we were hunting agents to try and get it properly published. She was also instrumental in holding me to a consistent tone, which resulted in a much stronger and more biting work than I could have produced on my own.
If you have read the book, please share in my thanks for all the work that was done behind the scenes to make it something to be proud of, and something to learn from.
I will never forget her efforts and I wish her all the best in her future endeavors, hoping that their success matches the success found here.
With the influx of additional readers over the past few months, I probably should remind my base that these posts are not the only source of my writing. Those that use mobile clients to read my works are probably especially unaware of that which I am referring to.
Back in December 2013, as a response to existing works on the subject of psychopathy, I began working on my own project. Many hundreds of hours later, the current work, A Tale of Two Masks, was born. Released in a limited fashion, in PDF and softcover form in December 2014, this book has met with overwhelmingly positive acclaim. I may still be determining whether to continue the search for a literary agent, but for the time being the book is still available from Blurb, an on-demand publisher. A link to the first chapter as well as additional links to Goodreads and Blurb’s storefront may be found here.
Intended to overcome the shortcomings of other works on the subject, the work is an incredibly raw (and honest) look into psychopathy that goes into many details that I do not touch upon here on this blog. Framed by the pretense that I must wear two masks – one as a transgender woman and one as a psychopath – it goes into great detail regarding the condition as well as the rare option of psychotherapy and its benefits and drawbacks. No details are changed and while you have no longer come to expect anonymity from me, it puts a name with the condition in a way that no other author has been willing to do.
I encourage the reader that is looking for a refreshing and honest look into the condition to check out the book. It is a great introduction to the subject that focuses on the successful psychopath rather than the imprisoned psychopath or the pseudo-psychopath.