Melissa Palmer has been nominated for both the Pushcart and Eric Hoffer prizes for short fiction for the stories “Mrs. MacMillan’s Garden” and “Blood” respectively. Her work has appeared in The Quotable, Hospital Drive, and BEST NEW WRITING, among others. She frequently contributes to Autism Speaks and is a Stigmafighter. Her fiction ranges from absurd to dark and in a former life she wrote a prize winning haiku for the show Spaceghost Coast to Coast. She is never not writing, frequently baking, and always a little off-center.
A Life Less Normal: A Memoir Based on a True Story
I never really realized how insane my upbringing was. My dad ran numbers and spent some time thinking he was Superman. So what? Didn't your mom think the FBI was following her? Doesn't every kid know the impact of shock treatment on short term memory or the side effects of Thorazine? None of that ever seemed strange so to me. It was just the way things were.
It wasn't until I fell in love with someone normal that I started seeing things a little differently. Then my head exploded. A LIFE LESS NORMAL documents the journey I took on the way to putting it all back together. It is the kind of story that starts and builds from a sad place, but ends somewhere truly happy.