Author interview with Sarah Henry: intricacies are just cracks in the wall

Author Interview with Sarah Henry: “intricacies are just cracks in the wall”

black and white photograph of a young woman with short hair and a feather pen tattoo on her collarbone. Sarah Henry.
Sarah Henry, author of intricacies are just cracks in the wall. She is also a photographer and videographer.

I am very excited to be sharing a project that is very close to my heart with you today. Sarah Henry, my friend and fellow English major (and now graduate), is publishing her first book, intricacies are just cracks in the wall through an IndieGoGo campaign. The novel tells the story of a young woman and her recovery from an abusive relationship through poetry. It explores experiences of mental health disorders, relational abuse, and the pains of self discovery.

I had the privilege of being a part of this project near the beginning as a member of Sarah’s writing workshop. It’s great to see all of her hard work finally coming to fruition through the published novel and the short film she created based on it!

As part of the launch of intricacies, I interviewed Sarah to talk to her a little bit about her writing process and the creation of both the book and the film. So what are you waiting for? Read on to hear more about intricacies are just cracks in the wall!

UPDATE 7/24/19: Sarah’s IndieGoGo campaign may be over, but you can still by intricacies are just cracks in the wall on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

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Your Story Matters (WSPD 2017)

I know most of my regular posts are on the more upbeat side of things, or are at least thought-provoking but never very serious. However, every once in a while, there’s something I want to talk about that requires a more serious tone.

Yesterday (September 10) was a day that’s very important to me: World Suicide Prevention Day. In light of that, I’d like to reflect on this topic of suicide, depression, and mental health, since this is something I care about deeply and I feel like I haven’t given it enough attention as of late.

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

I know I usually keep things relatively upbeat around here, but I wanted to take a moment and talk seriously about this very serious topic.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), an average of 117 suicides occur every day in the United States.

Just writing that sentence brought tears to my eyes.

I don’t like to simplify things into statistics. They’re misleading and don’t always tell the whole story. But an average of 117 people. Real people, real lives. Just think about that for a second.

Suicide prevention is of course always important to talk about, but it’s an issue that’s become especially important to me in recent years. So today, I wanted to take some time to be serious and say a few things about this topic.

There are a lot of things I want to express, but even as a writer, I struggle with words sometimes. I hope that, in spite of my inadequacies, these words bring encouragement and hope to your day.

If you are currently struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, or suicidal thoughts, I want you to know that you are not alone. There are people who care about you and want to help you, even if you’ve never met them before. Please keep living. Your life matters.

If you know someone who struggles with these things, please be with them. Talk to them and support them. Let them know they are not alone, and they don’t have to go through this trial alone.

If you have attempted suicide in the past, I thank God that you are still alive. You have been brought to today for a reason – please don’t give up.

If you have lost a friend, family member, loved one, or anyone else to suicide, I can’t imagine the grief you are going through. Please remember to take care of yourself today and know that you don’t have to go through this alone – there are people who love you and are there to support you.

If today is difficult for you for any reason, I’m praying for you. Whether you’re a longtime blog reader or just stumbled across it today, I care about you. And even if we’ve never talked before, you’re in my prayers today.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

(If you live outside of the U.S., visit this list for more information about suicide crisis lines in your country – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines)

For more information about suicide prevention, including support for loss survivors, visit https://afsp.org/


Thank you for reading this post. No matter who you are or how you got here, I’m praying for you today.