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Get to know Linda Vigen Phillips
Linda Vigen Phillips was born and raised in the beautiful town of Klamath Falls, Oregon, which, she says, "I will never get over." She has gone on to live in New York, Montana, and now North Carolina, where she lives with her husband. It wasn't until she was comfortably settled and had begun a new career as a teacher that she began to write poems about her childhood with a mother who struggled with bipolar disorder. "Poems about my mother and my childhood and my mixed up feelings about the years of her illness seeped out of me like an unstoppable leak." Phillips began to see her poems being accepted and published in adult literary journals, and finally one of her friends suggested she put them together for a book. Now Crazy is finally being published, fourteen years after the idea for the novel-in-verse was born.
While Crazy is a work of fiction, it is based deeply in Linda's experience. She hopes the book will speak to teens or adults who are dealing with similar challenges in their family or loved ones. Phillips is married to an Episcopal priest whom she met while teaching braille and techniques for daily living at the New York Association for the Blind. She has two sons and two grandkids.
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