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My Alien self my journey back to me Amanda Green e book cover march 2012

My name is Amanda Green, I was born and live in England, UK,  and I have set up this website and have written two memoirs  to share with my readers, the stories of my issues with mental illness, therapy and recovery.

I have just started up a free newsletter mailing list and when I have enough subscribers I will be sending out an inspirational newsletter with new information.  (just press ‘join the MAILING LIST’ on the right hand side of this website to join it).  I am hoping that my readers will join in and share their stories with me, either in the comments, or by emailing me for inclusion on the website or in the newsletter – amanda@amandagreenauthor.co.uk  I have also added the ability to subscribe to my website and you will receive an email each time I publish a new article to the site, to keep you up to date – just click on the link on the right hand side of this page ‘subscribe to Amanda Green author by email’ to join).

I am also regularly posting many articles, pages and selected links on this website about Borderline Personality disorder, depression, Obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety/panic attacks, thyroid issues, eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia), alcohol and drug abuse, sexual abuse/rape, Quetiapine (Seroquel anti-psychotics) and Citalopram (anti-depressant) medications, therapies such as Cognitive behavioural therapy and paranoia, dissociation and psychosis – all of which I have experienced in one way or another either myself or those I know and I hope that they compliment the story I am sharing in my book as they are more focussed on mental health, whereas my book is a story. There’s information about these disorders, mental health charities, mental health forums, mental health campaigns, about the stigma surrounding mental illness and some of my personal experiences and healing as well as celebrities with mental health issues and living with mental health issues in the family.

I hope you will find these interesting

Amanda Green pandora box logo

Amanda Green pandora box logo

You will see that my logo is a locked box and this is because one of the main things I had to do to heal myself was to deal with adverse things that have happened to me in my past and my aim was to put them in a ‘pandoras box’, close the lid on them and lock them away, so that I could forgive and forget the past and concentrate on the future. I realised that holding onto the past was harming me in the present time and it had to stop. Therefore, I decided this would be an apt logo for me to share and be recognised with. Plus green is for ‘go’ (‘go for it’ I thought) and is also my name.

You will see the main feature on the ‘My Alien Self
: My Journey Back to Me’ book cover is a keyhole in keeping with the locked away bad memories theme – this portrays that readers can unlock everything for themselves when they read it.

‘My Alien Self’ is a story of my life, showing normality and how mental illness crept into it and tore me apart.  But my memoir is not a depressing read, nor is it a slow read, as it has many ups and downs, adventures, exciting events and delves a little into drugs, sex and rock and roll.  It is totally real and honest and because of that, I have not taken out sexual references, scenes or abuse or swearing where those things occurred, but this is purely to show reality and not for effect.  My story is a written as my journey through life and how I fought my inner demons and past to heal myself.  There are real letters, emails, text messages and conversations in this book together with diary excerpts inserted at times throughout the narrative when poignant in my story.

Read more about my book  My Alien Self – My Journey Back To Me by CLICKING HERE, It is published (31st May 2012) on Kindle e-book which is BPD awareness/mental health awareness month.  Go to the UK Amazon page by CLICKING HERE  and the USA Amazon page by CLICKING HERE First great news is that you can read the first 10% of my book for FREE either on your kindle or directly on the Amazon website on your PC, laptop, MAC, handhelds etc.  And the other GREAT news is that you do not need a Kindle reader to read kindle books, everyone can read them, just by downloading the free software from Amazon – you can read kindle on: PC, ipad, iphone, ipod touch, Android phone, Android tablet, MAC, kindle cloud reader, Windows phone 7 and Blackberry! To read more about this and find links to the Amazon pages for the downloads see my page by CLICKING HERE

 

My sequel (published 9th July 2013) follows on from ‘My Alien Self’ and can be bought on Amazon HERE

I have also added a sample of my writing – see it by CLICKING HERE  and a small piece from my book about my mum and dad – CLICK HERE
I would love to hear from you all, so please use any of the comments boxes to share your views with everyone else who visits this site.  And if you would like to receive my NEWSLETTER SIGN UP HERE

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New Release! My new book ‘Behind Those Eyes’ a novella, is live on Amazon! A story about people and adversity, love, friendship and stigma with lots of twists

Behind Those Eyes Novella by Amanda Green on Amazon KindleNew Release! My new book ‘Behind Those Eyes’ a novella, is live on Amazon!

It’s a story about people and adversity, love and friendship and stigma, with lots of twists and turns which should keep you guessing all the way along! It features two homeless men, a brother and sister, a woman who finds love, and a policeman – but what do they have in common? A novella is so called as it is shorter than a novel.

Adults only.

Don’t forget you can ‘click to look inside’ on Amazon to read the first sample of the book for FREE!

To see ‘Behind Those Eyes’  kindle book on Amazon CLICK HERE

To see ‘Behind Those Eyes’  kindle book on Amazon UK CLICK HERE

I cannot wait for people to read this one and give me their feedback and I hope it …….Continue reading New Release! My new book ‘Behind Those Eyes’ a novella, is live on Amazon! A story about people and adversity, love, friendship and stigma with lots of twists…

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Sharing our stories to beat stigma around mental illness and mental health issues

Well, as we know from my two memoirs and my many blog posts on my website, and continuing articles, that I have been sharing my story about my mental illness, life story and recovery and now, if I may, I would like YOU to share yours on my website.

I’d like to know about your experiences of the things I have experienced and talked about which are depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder (BPD), invalidation, eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia), stress, anxiety, self harm, panic attacks, alcohol and drug abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, other abuse, mental health medications, counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dissociation, psychosis, self help and maybe other things…

BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) awareness month is coming up in May and I would love to be able to share a few snippets as a post on here about your experiences of BPD (as a sufferer or someone who knows someone who has or had BPD) to make others aware (sufferers and non-sufferers) of what it’s really like.

This is not to pry, but to share with others. Stigma can be similar to bullying and is based upon lack of knowledge, ignorance or the media telling a story that can taint ones appreciation of the whole truth, so let’s break that stigma and keep sharing our stories of reality, not media stories.

I am also happy for you to share books that you have read that you find useful in the …….Continue reading Sharing our stories to beat stigma around mental illness and mental health issues…

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My 5* review of ‘Love Potion’ by Samantha Bacchus – Fabulous short stories!

Love Potion by Samantha Bacchus

Love Potion by Samantha Bacchus

This is Samantha’s first book of all her own work, but she has featured in anthologies with other authors in the past. One thing is for sure, I would like to read more of her work! I simply loved these six short stories. They are very well written, have a touch of humour, are very thought provoking and original. I am actually in awe of her …….Continue reading My 5* review of ‘Love Potion’ by Samantha Bacchus – Fabulous short stories!…

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‘Strippers’ the TV programme, how it reminds me of my time working in Tokyo, Japan, our floods, my single bed, homeless, benefits and foodbanks

I’ve been watching ‘Strippers’ on TV. It reminds me of when I worked in Tokyo in a strip club/hostess bar, but the dancers got paid a lot more as it was exclusive and very expensive. I was a hostess, mind, not a dancer; I could never have been or be a dancer.

These girls in Scotland in the TV programme and many other bars are shockingly not even paid for their time, or their stage dancing; the only way they earn is £5 approx per private complete strip dance. Sometimes they can earn £100 but often nothing or £5. Surely they could earn more in another kind of job if they worked the non stop hours they do…

I always think of these things as ‘each to their own’ but these girls need to be so strong minded to be letched over, abused verbally etc by men. They say that they just look at men as ‘money’ for them, but it still must be very hard and only the hardest survive or those so desperate for money, that they get stuck in a rut and have to continue to pay the bills.

It also reminds me of another recent new item: The UK’s use of food banks.  Isn’t it just so awful that so many people are in that much poverty that they NEED to go to food banks. I mean, we know there are thousands in poverty and homeless, but it is growing rapidly. And part of the reason is all this mix up with the benefits system – taking people’s benefits away unnecessarily, leaving them with weeks or months of no income. This simply has to stop and the government need a lot more of a push to sort it out asap.

After our terrible floods, which have left so many without homes, or ruined homes, it seems to be one bad thing after another this year already, and I have stopped my obsession about getting a double bed, because I felt, at 40, it was ridiculous to still sleep in a single bed; I have realised, again, that these small things do not matter in …….Continue reading ‘Strippers’ the TV programme, how it reminds me of my time working in Tokyo, Japan, our floods, my single bed, homeless, benefits and foodbanks…

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Announcing the winners of my February 2014 draw to win a signed copy of my memoir ‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me’

Thank you to everyone who took part and entered my draw to win a signed copy of my memoir ‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me’.

We have now drawn all three draws and notified the winners, who are…

• From all those who liked my Facebook page  – Rose Edmunds, a fellow author

• From all those who joined my mailing list – Cathy Gordon

• From all those who reviewed one of my books on both Goodreads and Amazon – Emma Paslawska

So, congratulations to all three winners, and thanks again to everyone who entered!

Take care,

Amanda :-) X …….Continue reading Announcing the winners of my February 2014 draw to win a signed copy of my memoir ‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me’…

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Testing for menopause, premature ovarian failure, HRT and what I found out today

So, I went to see a GP today, who was puzzled as to why and indeed who, has been fobbing me off that I am too young to be going through the menopause. She agreed that, because my mum was only thirty nine when she had hers, I too could have a ‘premature menopause’ since it can run from the mother to her daughter.  I have just turned forty.

However, it is rare to have this (also known as premature ovarian failure), and there are some possible causes listed, one of which both my mother and I have – hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). This cannot be THE cause though, as hypothyroidism is more common than rare, so it must be genes, conditions and other factors that cause a premature menopause.

The doctor told me that for premature menopause, HRT (hormone replacement …….Continue reading Testing for menopause, premature ovarian failure, HRT and what I found out today…

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Three signed copies of my paperback ‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me’ up for grabs! Three ways to win! The first copies I have ever signed!

Front cover of My Alien Self paperback 2013

Front cover of My Alien Self paperback 2013

I am giving away three signed copies of my paperback ‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me’ to three lucky winners! These will be the first signed copies in circulation too!

Only adults over 21’s may apply as this book is not suitable for young people.

• One copy to the winning person, drawn at random, from all who like my facebook page CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PAGE IN A NEW WINDOW

• One copy for the winning person, drawn at random, from all who join my mailing list CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PAGE IN A NEW WINDOW

• One copy for the winning person, drawn at random, from all who read and review (written review) one of my memoirs or fiction story books on both Amazon and Goodreads: There are five:

’39′ CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PAGE IN A NEW WINDOW ON GOODREADS and on AMAZON

‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me’ CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PAGE IN A NEW WINDOW ON GOODREADS and on AMAZON

o What I Know and two more short stories (Amanda Green’s short stories) CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PAGE IN A NEW WINDOW ON GOODREADS and on AMAZON

o Living the Dream – A novelette CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PAGE IN A NEW  ON GOODREADS and on AMAZON

o The Woman Who Lives Next Door (Amanda Green’s short stories) CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PAGE IN A NEW ON GOODREADS and on AMAZON

Those who have already liked my FB page, joined my mailing list or reviewed one of …….Continue reading Three signed copies of my paperback ‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me’ up for grabs! Three ways to win! The first copies I have ever signed!…

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My 4* book review of the novel ‘Swimming Upstream’ by Ruth Mancini

I had been waiting to read this novel for some time and I wasn’t disappointed. As soon as I began to read, I knew it would be easy, yet intelligent reading.

We see various adversities unfold within the story, not just for the protagonist but the other characters as well – domestic abuse, mental illness, relationship break ups, death – but although these are dark subjects, the story isn’t dark at all. It tackles these important subjects in a very sensitive way, without overpowering the story, which is essentially about life and moving on, after a break up from her boyfriend, for Lizzy, the main character.

There’s intrigue, romance, friendships and negative people portrayed in this well …….Continue reading My 4* book review of the novel ‘Swimming Upstream’ by Ruth Mancini…

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My Alien Self: My Journey Back To Me’ book cover came 2nd place (SILVER) in the 2013 AuthorsdB book cover contest for ‘Biographies and Memoirs’!

'My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me' is 2013 silver winner of AuthorsdB book cover contest

‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me’ is 2013 silver winner of AuthorsdB book cover contest

I just found out that my first memoir ‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me’ came in 2nd (silver) in the ‘AuthorsdB Book Cover Contest’ in the category of ‘Biographies and Memoirs’

Very pleased indeed!

Check out the cover on their site (CLICK HERE – OPENS IN A NEW WINDOW)

And the book – they’ve made up a lovely page for it CLICK HERE – OPENS IN A NEW out all the WINDOW)

Check out all the winners for all categories – some fabulous designs! (CLICK HERE)

So, thank you to AuthorsdB – it was a pleasure to be a part of the contest and I will enjoy the continued support in posting my profile and books, just as you do with so …….Continue reading My Alien Self: My Journey Back To Me’ book cover came 2nd place (SILVER) in the 2013 AuthorsdB book cover contest for ‘Biographies and Memoirs’!…

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‘Living The Dream – a novelette’ is my latest work of fiction, just published for kindle on Amazon! Psychological twists and turns fill the pages and a very important subject is portrayed.

I have finished and edited my most recent story, which is now live on Amazon!

It’s twisted, it’s for adults only, it’s fiction and I am very happy with it – my best story to date!

It’s called ‘Living The Dream – A Novelette’ At 9,300 words it’s a novelette, but it’s packed full of twists and turns.

It was incredible to write as it played out like watching a film in my head and I was just there to write it all down. I began with a few paragraphs of a story I had in mind, and then the characters took over.

I have not written like this before, and I think it’s what makes it such a realistic, shocking and engaging story.

Without giving too much away, it covers two very important subjects in society, so I hope you will read it.

Description

“All I can say is that this book should be read – this type of thing could be happening near you.

Essentially a psychologically twisted style story, this book contains some offensive language, abuse and sexual scenes, making it suitable for adults only. …….Continue reading ‘Living The Dream – a novelette’ is my latest work of fiction, just published for kindle on Amazon! Psychological twists and turns fill the pages and a very important subject is portrayed….

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