At eighteen, award-winning young adult author Alice Kuipers suffered from a debilitating panic disorder. The attacks would come on quickly and stop just as suddenly, leaving her with a pounding heart, an empty stomach and an overwhelming sense of dread.
By the time Kuipers leaves her London home to backpack around the world, her panic attacks are occurring frequently, and they chase her as she travels through San Francisco, New Zealand and Bangkok. Kuipers tries to escape them, but no matter how many times she climbs mountains, kisses boys, or jumps from planes, the panic attacks keep pace — until she discovers that language has the power to set her free.
“When Fierce Ink Press asked me to submit a personal essay for their terrific selection of essays, I was unsure,” says Kuipers. “I never write about myself if I can help it. I love to write fiction. I love to make stuff up. But then I realized I did have a story I wanted to share. I wrote my story to explore it, but also to let it go. I wish when I had started to have panic attacks there had been something like this for me to read. It wouldn’t have made the journey less long, but it might have made it easier to bear.”
Ten Minutes is the powerful, beautiful story of a young woman’s journey towards self-awareness and wellness.
Twenty percent of proceeds will go to EGADZ Youth Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kuipers’ charity of choice.
What is it about?
Learning to manage a panic disorder during a time of exploration.
Who will read it?
Anyone who’s ever felt overwhelmed by life.
When is it releasing?
January 13, 2015
Available now from Storenvy, iTunes , Kobo and Kindle.
About the Author:
Best-selling, award-winning author Alice Kuipers moved to Saskatoon from the UK in 2003. Her first novel, Life on the Refrigerator Door, was published in 28 countries. She has published three further award-winning YA novels internationally, most recently, The Death of Us. Her first picture book Violet and Victor Write The Best Ever Bookworm Book was selected as an Amazon best pick for December.
Find her here: www.alicekuipers.com or on Twitter, or Goodreads.