Miami Dade College Adjunct Instructor Writes Young Adult Novel with Bipolar Protagonist

Local author answers the challenging question “What if a perfectionist was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and struggled with her self-worth until she realized her value?”

Miami, FL, May 07, 2016 --( Instructor, writer, and entrepreneur, Tricia M Foster announced today that she is raising funds via a rewards crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to publish and market her young adult novel featuring a bipolar protagonist. In this novel, bipolar disorder is not presented as a disability, but as a gift that allows the protagonist to view reality in a unique way. The launch of the campaign occurred on May 1, the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month. The author has set a goal of $6,500 to publish and market the novel to support diversity in young adult literature.

This is a special project for Tricia since she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder five years ago at the age of forty: “It was devastating, and I was a successful middle-aged woman. I can only imagine how difficult it is to be labeled like that during the crucial ages of 15 - 25.”

The novel, Darwinian Mystics: Book of the North, began as a scene by scene blog. The website,, provides a glimpse inside the writing process by posting the outline, rough draft, editorial feedback, and revision of the first act. “My goal is to show students that writing is not magic, it’s persistence.”

Tricia Foster is an adjunct English instructor at Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus, where she often works with the college’s Access department to help students with special needs. She is also the Creative Director of Crafting the Message, LLC where she is an academic and creative writing coach who enjoys helping people find their own voice.

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