We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Russell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kate, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I knew I was an author from a very young age. I grew up in an abusive household with drug addicted parents and, as a child, I thought, “I’m gonna write a book about this one day.” Because I knew that I wasn’t alone. That other people were going through the same thing. I understood that the way to heal was to reveal my story and find my people. By sharing with each other we have the ability to rewrite the narrative. No longer do we see ourselves as trauma victims. Now we are bulletproof survivors.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In my novels I explore the though process. In “Down the Rabbit Hole,” I focused on the triggered state. In “Voicemails,” I concentrate on how psychiatric medications affect Siobhan’s thinking. My next novel, “Letters From My Father” will highlight how stubbornness has led my father to an isolated life of depression. “Journals From My Mother” will chronicle my mother’s alcoholism, starting from age 11.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take my best friend to the beach – Malibu and the Santa Monica Pier. We would eat at Catch and Water Grill. I’d take them to farmers and flea markets. We’d definitely spend some time at the Grove. We’d have game night with our friends and go to a drive in.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My novel, “Voicemails From My Sister,” is a memoir about my sister Siobhan who suffers from bipolar schizoaffective disorder as the result of having been abused in utero. Siobhan (Sibby) has spent her life in and out of psychiatric facilities, been on countless cocktails of medications and is now a thirty-six year old ward of the state. Despite her setbacks she is one of the kindest, funniest, most creative people I know. “Voicemails” is a follow up to my first memoir, “Down the Rabbit Hole: A Memoir of Abuse, Addiction and Recovery.” I realized while writing “DTRH” that Siobhan deserved her own book. There were simply too many priceless stories to tell about her.