I was recently contacted by Ben Fox, the entrepreneur responsible for the creation of a new literary site designed to help readers find life changing books. Shepherd.com is a literal smorgasbord of book recommendations from authors by authors. Many readers are unaware of the hidden work of writing a book, and that is the process of studying the market…which means reading anything and everything under the sun as it pertains to your genre. For me, raising mental health awareness is a personal goal and I’ve consistently featured elements of the mental health experience in my young adult novels NO SAD SONGS and ON THE WAY TO BIRDLAND. Ben at Shepherd.com gave me the opportunity to share my favorite book picks in the YA mental health sphere and I jumped at the opportunity. I hope you’ll have a chance to read my piece and share it with others. Happy reading, y’all!