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Q: What inspired you to write it?
A: Being bipolar I am more to the right side of the brain, I have high emotions and have more creative urges. I’ve had this locked up in me for many, many years. I think the main inspiration was to unlock the creativity. I also have a strong interest in humor, various stories talk about comedians I’ve met. I have stories about Steve Allen and Dick Shawn. Being bipolar, humor was a way to overcome periods of depression. Another reason was just to honor the beauty of the printed word. I use a lot of metaphors, analogies and paradoxes. Another was to represent the under dog. There was this feeling of Buffalo being an under dog city over the passed 60 or 70 years.
Q: What kind of feedback has “Bipolar Buffalo” gotten so far?
A: The feedback has been excellent. I have not had a chance to promote nationally, but I’ve gotten good feedback locally and on my website. The biggest response on my Facebook page has been from Beverly Hills, Calif. The largest response from any city in the world was Dublin. The last time I checked was two months ago and I had 2,000 visits from Ireland. The response has been encouraging.
Q: Is the book helpful to people that might also be classified as bipolar?
A: It’s not a self-help book. You have to be careful being bipolar its good to have that feeling but must control energy. There is a stigma about being bipolar that I means you’re crazy. There’s a risk of letting people know about it, I kept that inside myself. When you expose yourself there’s a risk. As society moves on more of an acceptance, but people still don’t want to take that risk. It does discuss how I overcame issues associated with bring bipolar.
Q: Are you planning on writing more in the future?
A: I enjoy the creativity of writing a book, but I don’t enjoy promoting the book, I’m not big on being in the public eye. Promotion requires you to be a bit of a salesman and I’m not that type. The promoting. I do think it would make an excellent movie and would like to develop it into a screenplay.