Author editorial: Otherwise Perfect

My amazing friends at Target Audience Magazine asked me to write a short editorial piece on my novel Otherwise Perfect. It was a good chance for me to explain why I wrote a story centered on a character who is suffering from depression. This novel started out as a short story back in 2006, and writing it…

Out of the Darkness Walk

I believe suicide can be prevented, and it starts with one simple thing: talking about mental illness. It’s not easy to talk about, but nothing worth it is ever easy. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the top organization in the country in preventing suicide and raising awareness and helping people find treatment. I’m…

Happy Pride! 🏳️‍🌈

In honor of #pridemonth, I am offering my LGBT themed novel “Otherwise Perfect” for free until this Saturday 6/17. Happy reading! 🏳️‍🌈

“Selfish”

All of my poems Are about you When will I see That they should be About me?

Otherwise Perfect on sale!

In honor of #WorldSuicidePreventionMonth, my novel Otherwise Perfect is now on sale for just 0.99 (Kindle edition only). Writing this novel helped me through the worst depression I’ve ever experienced, and my only hope is that someday it might help someone else. -JLH “Otherwise Perfect” Description: Jesse and Wes are college seniors and best friends…

“Green”

Someone else’s heart Someone else’s dream  Became your lies  And everything you fantasize  When will you see All the chances you’ve blown? When will you stop hiding from life And live your own? #poetry #poems #script

Why I Kept Living

I have kept my story to myself for a long time. I can’t really say why. I guess it’s because of the fear of being judged, or being thought of as “weird,” or one of the million other reasons why people don’t want to talk about their depression or mental health. But I realized that…

World Suicide Prevention Week

September 5th starts World Suicide Prevention Week 2016. There is so much stigma around mental health and I believe that is one of the reasons that suicide rates are higher now than they’ve been in the last thirty years. Depression is not easy to talk about. Suicide is even harder to talk about. But it’s…

“Just Smile”

In my life, I have been told many times that I should smile. Most of the time by strangers who don’t know me at all and have no idea what I have been through or what I’m currently going through. I will never forget one man in particular, several years ago. I was at work…