Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Interview With Author John St. Clair

1. What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into this book?
My motivations came directly from the kids and teens in distress that had reached out to me. Their stories of bigotry, bullying, out casting, being forgotten about, and isolation pushed me to want to stand up for them as I saw so many staying seated. I remembered that “Necessity is the mother of invention” in every form, with that Branden created necessity inside me to dive as deeply as possible into the reason our teens feel suicide is an option. 

2. What is it about and who is it for?
This book is for everyone, as it deals with a subject, we all need to be aware of and strongly stand for. Focused on teen suicide and what is left behind, I feel the subject matter is so very important. The book shows what devastation is caused from suicide, as well as how much need there is right now for compassion and change. 

3. What takeaways might the reader will be left with after reading it?
Of course, I am biased but I, when done, while re-proof reading for the 10th time maybe, realized I was reading a journal, and at the same time, maybe a handbook of sorts. I hope all who may read the book feel encouragement, love, and a desire to create a change in the way we handle depression, anxiety, self-harm and bullying among our youth. 

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?
Honestly, my wife and daughter made the final decision as they informed me that I had kept referring to “when Branden made his choice” I continue to refer to this in that way as it was in fact his choice. At that time, he felt that was what his choice was, unknowing he had so very many options. 

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Please do not think you can’t write a book. You can. Write as sloppy and misspelled as you want, just get the words out. Don’t hold back. When you read what you wrote and you feel there is more in you, add it.  

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
I do not follow trends usually, but I do see everything digital and always available. I think we all have a kindle now! I will never give up my hardcovers! 

7. What challenges did you overcome to write this book?
I did not have any real challenge as this book came directly from a part of me that is in terrible grief and loss, therefore the words came very fast and very raw. The one and only real hardship was chapter 2, “The day of” I knew I wanted this in the book, I knew it had to be everything, every second, every emotion.  I waited until last to write it. I wrote it and read it, then again, and again I rewrote it. Pushing myself deeper in memory every time. It was hard, hard and very unforgiving for me. I almost removed the chapter after those weeks. I felt I gave away what I had last kept just between my son and I, I realized that is exactly what a young mind may need to hear if in the midst of such a choice. I had to write it, I had to not hold back. That was hard.

8. How would you describe your writing style?
I did not know I had a style nor do I think I do now. If asked I would have to say “sloppy yet direct” I very much wish to and try to put the person reading into my emotional state. 

9. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?
I truly feel that this story will and has opened many eyes to some of the emotional crises our youth face. As well as what may really be lost or forgotten by our public-school systems and other health places meant for our youth. I wish for this book to revitalize us into standing back up for values and compassion we are losing for those around us. Of course, as well, for every young person to understand that They Are Not Alone!  

About The Author: John St.Clair is the founder of B.E.D.S. Teen Outreach, a youth advocate and mental health awareness non-profit company that helps youths in their struggles with depression, anxiety, self-harm and Suicidal ideology Before devoting his work full time to B.E.D.S. teen outreach, John was a security service engineer until the loss of his son, Branden, to suicide in 2019 which prompted the creation of the Teen Outreach Center. With the hope to open a center wherever one is needed, John is pushing in all directions for change via congress, media outlets, free services to the youth and parent participation. John has written his first book, Branden’s Choice, which reveals and explains the devastating effects suicide has on the family and friends left behind and the stories of many others. John has also made public speaking roles throughout Tennessee, raising awareness about teen suicide. In addition to being a public speaker, John is an avid gamer which he shares with his wife, daughter, and late son. You will also find him quoting movies in normal conversations and making people laugh as often as possible. 


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