What’s it all about? And why would anyone want to read it? Well, let me try to explain without losing your interest too quickly. Basically, it’s all about me. Shameless self-promotion: of my writing, of my novels:
Where Are the Cocoa Puffs? and Reis's Pieces, of my amazing ability to come up with clever captions on photos of my travels . . . And also, a blatant representation of my stupidity when it comes to spelling, editing, and computer-type stuff.

My debut novel:
Where are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey Through Bipolar Disorder was released in September of 2010. My second novel: Reis's Pieces: Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia, was released May, 2012!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cocoa Puffs: Where Are They?

It’s time for an comprehensive update on the status of my novel. Yes. It’s still being published. It looks like it will still be out August 30th or very close to that date. I just confirmed with my publisher (Goodman Beck Publishing) that it will get national, if not international, distribution with their distributor, Partners Publishers Group, meaning it will be available in all the Barnes & Nobles and Borders and B. Daltons and Waldenbooks! And even bigger than that! – I’ve also secured an endorsement from Dr. E. Fuller Torrey! (He’s the author of a lot of books on mental illness. He’s the father of modern mental illness!) This is what he had to say:

Where Are the Cocoa Puffs? Is an engaging family story of what happens when the 18-year-old daughter develops bipolar disorder. It is very well written and accurately reflects the effects of this disorder on all members of the family. Strongly recommended.

I was very excited to receive his endorsement! Mike Fitzpatrick, Executive Director NAMI National (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has also committed to giving me an endorsement. He’s on vacation now, hopefully reading and enjoying the galley proof as I write this.

We’ve also added a subtitle, so that the official title of the novel is: Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family’s Journey Through Bipolar Disorder. They shot the photos yesterday for the cover, so I should be seeing it soon. They’re going with the empty cereal bowl theme. I hope I like it! Sheila Le Gacy will be hosting a NAMI fundraiser/book launch party at her home toward the end of September. I will be talking at our local Syracuse NAMI conference in October and hope to do something on the state level in November.

I’ve also had a couple essays published in our local paper. You can see these on-line by hitting the following links:



Needless to say, I am very excited. I’m also slightly freaked-out and nauseated.

This is truly a good and important book. I expect everyone to buy it, love it, and give it to all their friends and family for Christmas/Hanukkah. I will send along the cover design just as soon as I have it!

My very best and love to all! Karen


  1. Hi Karen,
    I am now a follower from book blogs,I posted a reply to your post about how brave you were to bring this to light. I wish you well on this journey. If you get a chance stop by and check me out at http://www.wrighton-time.blogspot.com
    While this was not an issue in my family epilepsy certainly was and the stigma is a very harmful thing. Keep up the great work.

  2. Thanks Leslie! I will check out your blog. Thanks for following mine!