Author Spotlight: j. leigh bailey

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Are you looking for a new male/male romance? Make sure Nobody’s Hero by author  j. leigh bailey is at the top of your list. Keep reading for j. leigh bailey’s advice on writing through depression as well as more information on this emotional read.

 j. leigh bailey on writing through depression

Historically, many famous authors have struggled with depression—from Mark Twain and Sylvia Plath to J. K. Rowling and Stephen King. I figure this puts me in good company, as I’ve battled depression for years. Sometimes it’s hard to be a productive writer when it’s all I can do to get out of bed some mornings.

Here are a few tips I’ve discovered over the years which help me stay productive and fight—or write—through depression:

  1. Write anything. Every day. A poem, a letter, a journal entry. Studies show expressive writing can actually be both psychologically and physiologically beneficial.
  2. Staying active helps produce endorphins which make us feel better, and exercise can also counteract the sedentary nature of life as an author.
  3. Hang out with real people. Writing is a solo activity, and sometimes we need to remember to interact with friends and family, if only to get out of our own heads.
  4. Acknowledge it. If you’re depressed, or even just in a bad mood, recognize it and don’t feel guilty for your feelings. And, I can’t stress this enough, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  5. Join a supportive organization like Romance Writers of America. Authors purposely open themselves up for criticism and rejection. Groups like RWA provide understanding and support in addition to education, craft discussion and networking.

It can be a daily struggle but these are just a few things that keep me productive despite struggling with depression.

About Nobody’s Hero:

24637092Bradley Greene’s family all but discarded him when his brother caught him fooling around with another boy. Now Bradley has seventeen dollars and a gas card, and he’s sleeping in his car. He’s an emotional mess and if he doesn’t land a job soon, he’s up the proverbial creek.

Danny Ortega can take care of himself…most of the time. When what started as a date turns into sexual assault in a dark parking lot, he’s grateful for Brad’s help—and an instant admirer of Brad’s military school-honed muscles. He certainly doesn’t expect to see him again, and definitely not as the newest hire at Ortega Construction.

As Brad and Danny’s quiet attraction turns into more, things start to go sour before they’ve even started. Danny grows frustrated that Brad won’t open up emotionally. And Brad is terrified of being responsible for someone else’s feelings. When Brad’s family makes one last attempt to turn him into an “acceptable” son, all bets are off—he and Danny will need to decide if they’re in this together…or apart.

 

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