International OCD Awareness week - OCD Slam Poetry by Neil Hilborn

Sometimes hearing things in someone else's words makes my own experiences easier to understand; and sometimes, it just makes my heart hurt.

The first time I heard this poem, I froze. I took in every vocal inflection and pained nuance on  Hilborn's face. While each person's experience with OCD is unique, I think that anyone with OCD can relate to Neil's words, I know I could. Although mine is very different than the poem describes, I saw myself reflected back at me in many ways. 

I first stumbled across this poem on http://www.OCDThoughts.net - a great new website that is connecting people with OCD from around the world. As we head into OCD awareness week I'd love to challenge each person who sees this to think of the people around them that have OCD. There are many of us, approximately 1 in every 100 adults. We are everywhere - our thoughts are always "on." Sometimes we are exhausting to be with, and sometimes we are exhausted ourselves; but we aren't that different from anyone else. 

If you've read my young adult novel OC Me, you can probably see some characteristics of Amy and Matt in the above poem. I wrote the book because I wanted to read a story of an average girl with OCD. I didn't want to read about someone with the worst case ever, or the funniest case ever (which is what tends to be the standard portrayal of OCD in the media); I wanted to read a story of of someone who struggled but would ultimately figure things out. If you haven't read OC Me yet, you're in luck. It will be free on kindle on October 16th-18th 2014 in honor of OCD awareness week. Tell your friends and spread some awareness. 
 

OC Me paperback giveaway on Goodreads! / Young Adult Fiction

My young adult novel OC Me will be available in paperback shortly! To celebrate I am doing a Goodreads giveaway! Due to high international shipping charges the giveaway is for US residents only. For my international readers I will be doing some ebook giveaways in the near future so keep an eye on my facebook page for that!! 

For those readers on Goodreads I'd love it if you add OC Me to your "to read" list! 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

OC Me by Kristin Albright

OC Me

by Kristin Albright

Giveaway ends September 27, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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It's my debut novel's book birthday!!! / OC Me - a young adult fiction novel

Just after breakfast this morning I experienced the surreal moment of seeing my book on Amazon for the first time. I decided not to do a big launch for OC Me because I had no idea how long things would take. I'm not a gal who likes to over-promise anything. This past week has been a whirlwind of communication with my formatter (Polgarus Studio), the US copyright office, and Amazon. I've read more small print than I ever wanted to, but it's finally done. I'm an author! Yay :)  
As of now, OC Me is just available as an ebook on Amazon.com.  My formatter is hard at work designing the print version of the book and the files for other ebook platforms. I will update when it is available on ibooks, nook and print. 

Thanks for following along in my writing journey. I hope you enjoy OC Me.