"Me and Her: a Memoir of Madness " by Karen Tyrrell

Karen Tyrrell is an author, who has recovered from Bi-Polar Disorder after developing her own Wellness Plan. She now understands and avoids her triggers, and works hard to maintain her health.

Not only does Karen write about how she overcame Bi-Polar Disorder (a very unusual story in itself for very few of us can make that claim, the best we usually achieve being to learn how to live with our condition) but she tells her story as a novelist - not as an ex patient. In "Me and Her - a Memoir of Madness" Karen introduces to the two sides of her personality as full characters in their own right, tangled up in a high suspense novel. The way Karen writes her story is reminiscent of the Jason Bourne movies, with fearful confusion and danger always present. For you to see what I mean, have a read of the following extract kindly supplied by Karen herself.


Karen Tyrrell is an Australian writer and a Mental Health advocate. Here’s the First Page from her gripping narrative, "Me and Her: a Memoir of Madness." http://www.karentyrrell.com:

I knew the motel manager despised me when she insisted I vacate the room that morning. She had it in for me, for sure. But I didn’t expect her to call the police as well ...

I twisted the shower tap, letting the soothing spray wash over me as I considered my options. Should I return home to Steve and the kids? ... To teaching? ..No, I can never return to school. Never.

I heaved a loud sigh.

Without warning, the shower screen shook, reverberating from thuds against the bathroom window. I dropped the soap, bumping the tap, the stream becoming icy and I stood there shivering. I spun the handle around, turning off the water, and heard muffled shouting coming from outside, then thumping on the door to my motel room.

'Police! ... Samantha, you all right?'

Police? ... Samantha? That’s not my name!

My hands shook, beads of sweat forming on my forehead. 'I’m naked. I’m getting out of the shower. Wait. Wait till I’m dressed!’

I grabbed a towel, drying my body as fast as I could. The chipped steamed-up mirror reflected a glimpse of myself, hair dripping over my face ─ face as white as paper.

Why are the police banging on my door? ... I didn’t do anything.

‘Police! Open the door now! Samantha Howard, you’ve got three minutes to let us in!’

I gulped. But that’s my fake name. The name I registered at the reception counter. My heart pounded fast, the surging adrenaline pumping through my veins.

What will I do now?

Karen Tyrrell 2010 © Me and Her: a Memoir of Madness


I have never come across such an approach before - this is one book that simply MUST be published and I for one cannot wait to get my own copy :0) In the meantime, do pay Karen a visit at www.karentyrell.com.

Me and Her: a Memoir of Madness.

Hi Gabrielle,

Thanks so much for posting my opening page to "Me and Her: a Memoir of Madness". I really appreciate your positive rap and all the support and encouragement you've given me.

From one Bi-polar Girl to another

(((HUGS))) ... Karen :))

You're welcome Karen :D

We Bi-Polar Girls need each other's support if we are to live a truly meaningful social life eh?  :D xx

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