Marya Hornbacher!!

 Oh my god!!! I sent an email to Marya Hornbacher (author of ‘Wasted’ & ‘Madness: A Bipolar Life’ etc) telling her how amazing and beautiful her writing was and she actually sent me an email back!! I had a fit when she replied.

Here it is:

“Dear Jessica,

 Thank you so much for writing, and for your incredibly kind words about my memoirs. I am honored to know that you felt a connection with them, and so very glad to hear that they helped you on your journey to recovery in some way. Nothing could make me happier.

 Your last words are so interesting–“outrun the beast that is our own madness”–and I want to say something about that. I am indeed very well these days, and have found the happiness, peace of mind, and stability I never thought would be possible for me. But a big part of that has been not so much outrunning the beast as accepting that it is a part of me, and a part of my life. That acceptance allows me to fear it less and manage it more effectively. I know that I have to do absolutely whatever is necessary to take care of myself, to laugh a lot, to love others well, and to live fully. Madness or no, this is my life to live and I intend to enjoy it. I encourage you to look for acceptance in yourself as well–I believe it just may be the key to our sanity.

 My thoughts are with you, and I wish you the very best!

 Be well,

Marya Hornbacher” 


 I think that I’m a little star struck! What I said to her which she quoted was, “Surely, we must eventually be able to outrun the beast that is our own madness”. What she says about it is so very true. I think I essentially knew it before but Marya has just cemented it in my brain. She is such an incredible woman to have experienced what she has and still be alive to be writing about it and living a full life today.

Just had to share this.

Lots of love,

Jessica xox

P.s. If you haven’t read her books, you absolutely must do!

8 Responses to “Marya Hornbacher!!”

  1. I’m gonna get a copy. I had read it ONCE a few years back, but I NEED to re-read :)

  2. Wow! That’s amazing! I love her books so much, I hear that she’s good about writing back to readers and the letter she wrote you sounds so much like her book writing. I might try writing to her, she is soo good. x

  3. I’ve also read Marya’s memiors, emailed her, and gotten responses. In fact, I met her in her home town and just her and I sat in a cafe and chatted for an hour. It was amazing! If you ask to meet up with her, she’s willing! She told me she loves meeting readers, because she forgets that she’s famous and has an audience. She thinks it’s interesting to get to know readers, and they become more real

  4. Genevieve Says:

    Hello, sorry I just came across your blog while searching for Marya’s email address.
    I’m just wondering if you could tell me what her email address is..?
    thankyou so much, and sorry for lurking!
    take care, xo

  5. I really love this pic of Marya–like most pics you have up–Do you happen to know the date of it?

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