Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hollye: I'm a mom, an author, and an activist working to end gun violence in America. Creativity was my way out of depression, so I am intensely creative. I sing, paint, and write my stories, and try to turn grief into something of beauty. I have no sense of direction and am terrible at math. I believe that love wins. Always.
Q2: When were you first open about your depression (anxiety, suicide attempt, etc)?
Hollye: Not until I wrote about it in my first book, and then started sharing it little by little with others. I was in my early 40s before I shed that shame.
Q3: How has your writing helped your recovery?
Hollye: Immensely. There is an alchemy that occurs when you let go of a secret. Secrets and shame, like mold, thrive in darkness, but can not survive when exposed to light. I no longer fear what anyone thinks of me. I no longer feel alone in having this faultline in my spirit. I now can see it for the human experience that it is, and know that it does not define me.
Q4: What do you hope readers of Shades of Blue learn from reading the essays contained in the book?
Hollye: I hope they find courage. I hope they know that they are not alone. I hope they feel inspired to share their own stories, whether they write, paint, act, speak, dance...Every human on this planet has a unique story. The world needs them, and the world needs their story.