In the Anniversary you will meet Grandville and Juliette Stubbs, as they attempt to come to terms with several losses that precipitate Grandville’s mental health diagnosis. The trials and tribulations chronicled by the Stubbs family in this fictional account explore several topics, including communication, marriage, acceptance and forgiveness. This work was created to give a voice to individuals and their families who live daily with past trauma, loss, and the stigma attached to being diagnosed with a behavioral health disorder. Grandville and Juliette Stubbs are happily married when Grandville learns disturbing news that awakens his underlying mental health issue that culminates into a tragic event.
This book can be purchased by clicking the picture. My interview with JJ Winston will give you a better look inside where (her/his) creativity and being an author began.
What inspired you to write this book?
JJ: I am a mental health professional and attorney who for 19 years served as the advocate for those living with behavioral health issues in Cleveland, Ohio. I wanted to use my art as a writer to help raise awareness about behavioral health and inspire my community to help eradicate stigma.
What is your favorite childhood book?
JJ: Curious George
What does literary success look like to you?
JJ: Having people all over the world read my novels and feel inspired to help make a change in how they treat members of their families, and community.
Does your family support your work as a writer?
JJ: My family has been very supportive. My husband and adult children are very encouraging, and my mother still remains my number one fan.
How do you select the names of your characters?
JJ: I make them up.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
JJ: After publishing my first book I realized that I had to write less. My first novel was very long. I also changed my editor and my writing team. This helped me to produce even more superior work.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
JJ: Yes, I read my book reviews. I have received very few bad reviews. Most of them are very complimentary and inspiring. The reviews help to spur me to continue to write.