Author’s Inspiration: “Les Pensées Dangereuses”
Hi, everyone. Today, I’ll share the inspiration behind Les Pensées Dangereuses.
At the time I put together this collection of essays, I was still struggling to think of myself as a writer again. I had been through several bouts of depression that were directly related to my Hashimoto’s disease … except I didn’t know that. I was also dealing with PTSD from an abusive work situation, but I didn’t really know that, either. I thought PTSD was something that only happened to service members.
Moreover, I was also struggling to make sense of some of the things I saw around me. I was watching a rise of hate and prejudice in the wake of Barack Obama’s election and the passage of Proposition 8 (the anti-marriage equality law) in California, for example. I had often found myself working issues out in my journals/diaries, so I went back to that practice.
I wrote things to try to make sense of my own swirling thoughts on a variety of matters, if I’m perfectly honest. That’s why each chapter is entitled “Thoughts About …”
The title was inspired by Choderlos de Laclos’ Les Liaisions Dangereuses. Where that title translates to Dangerous Liaisons, mine translates to Dangerous Thoughts. That’s how I saw them, from inside the perspective of my own depression.
I didn’t know whether anything I wrote would be of comfort to like-minded folk, or those experiencing depression themselves, but I hoped that it would be. For a long time, it was priced as “pay what you can afford … even if it’s nothing,” because I wanted it to be widely accessible. Nowadays, it has a fixed, low price.
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Part autobiography and part inspiration, Les Pensées Dangereuses (French for “dangerous thoughts”) is a series of essays on friendship, spirituality, education, bullying, animals, clinical depression and more. Author Sharon E. Cathcart (In The Eye of The Beholder) shares her thoughts, including an unfinished autobiography, “Unmasking My Phantoms: My Dance With Madness,” in this new book.
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