Em Lyons Bouch

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Em Lyons Bouch is a high school English teacher in Pittsburgh. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in English and Anthropology. The first draft of this book was written as her senior thesis. She went on to earn a master's degree in education through Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), teaching for two years in Montgomery, Alabama. Em is currently a group leader for Recovery International and has been a group member since 2006. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband Damian.

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Em Lyons Bouch I have two things that I'm dabbling with. One is an historical fiction that takes place during the industrial revolution in both America and England. …moreI have two things that I'm dabbling with. One is an historical fiction that takes place during the industrial revolution in both America and England. I am taking inspiration from Dickensian stories where everyone is interconnected in mysterious ways!

I also wrote a fantasy trilogy in high school that I want to edit. It was my first real writing project, and it got better as it went along...but the first book is quite a mess!(less)
Em Lyons Bouch I got the idea for "Moving the Chains" from my own life experiences with anxiety and depression as well as from talking with people who have similar e…moreI got the idea for "Moving the Chains" from my own life experiences with anxiety and depression as well as from talking with people who have similar experiences, especially through the mental health organization Recovery International. One common thread that we all felt was the stigma: people didn't want to deal with their own mental health issues or talk about them because they were too ashamed. Writing the first draft of this novel was a way for me to work through my own feelings about being a nervous person. I found a lot of healing by writing the book down, traveling with Abby through her own journey, and then talking about the book and my own struggles with others. Polishing it, publishing it, and promoting it was inspired by the pain that I saw in other people. I wanted people with mental illness to know that they weren't alone, that mental health should be taken care of just like physical health, and that there is hope! I also was inspired to publish because of ignorant people are about the issue if they didn't have mental health conditions or live with someone who did. What is normal for me, was unimaginable for them. I wanted to bring to life the experiences of a group of people who are misunderstood. (less)
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