“Risk it, Biscuit!”: A short story about mental health.

📣 I’m very excited to announce the release of my new book, “Risk it, Biscuit!” 📚 🎉🎈🥂

Ages 14+

Available now on Amazon! ⬇️⬇️

📚 From celebrated short story author, Shelly Moore, comes “Risk it, Biscuit!” a story which provides a glimpse into the trickle-down effects mental illness has within a family unit.

Biscuit is a smart, snarky, almost-fourteen-year-old boy who struggles to make friends. He lives with his mother, who loves to sing, dance, cook things from scratch, and make people laugh… when she’s not a prisoner in bed for days, or sometimes weeks, at a time.

Biscuit suffers from an anxiety disorder and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). His mother suffers from bouts of severe depression, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), anxiety-induced agoraphobia (fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment), and a “smidge,” as she’d say, of bi-polar disorder.

Just as a broken toe wouldn’t define you, their diagnoses do not define Biscuit and his mother. In fact, most people who know them wouldn’t know anything was amiss at all. Just a loving, doting mother and her teenage son.

The bond between them is strong, although tested daily by trials and tribulations others may never have to experience first-hand.

“Risk it, Biscuit!” brings the reader into the eye of the storm, providing a candid peek into the lives behind closed doors of a loving but struggling mother and her strong but conflicted son.

“I wanted to write a book my daughter could proudly read, start to finish. She consistently tells me, her author mother, that she loathes reading. Her brain short-circuits when faced with an open book full of hundreds of tiny words in black print, so I suggested to her that maybe, just maybe, it’s not the act of reading itself that she doesn’t like, but more her brain’s overwhelmed response to it. She becomes discouraged easily and heck, I would too! So, I listened to her, then took her concerns and applied them to this story in my own creative way.

The formatting is slightly different than an avid reader might be used to, which may frustrate some, but consider it a small gift of empathy. A rare peek into the incredibly real frustration millions of children, teenagers, and adults face every single day.

Thoughts and ideas are spaced out and separated in order to provide the brain adequate time to absorb them before moving onto the next.

I want everyone to be able to experience the joy of getting lost within a good story.”

Ages 14+

Purchase your copy today and support not only your friend, but indie authors worldwide. 🌎♥️📚

Music: If everything was good (Feat. Mimi Bay)
Musician: Silicon Estate

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