Updated: Jul 5, 2021

In April, I did a very special interview with Holly Rudolph at LA Review of Books who related to experiences detailed in my memoir, A Room with a Darker View: Chronicles of My Mother and Schizophrenia. We speak candidly on some of the meat of the book, unpacking inter-generational mother-daughter/familial relationships, Medicare, anti-psychotic treatment, and representation of mentally ill characters in contemporary media like Shameless, Homeland, as well as YA novels like Made You Up by Francesca Zappia and Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman.

Read the interview here.

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

So grateful to Amelia Kennedy at Write or Die Tribe for writing "How Can We Both Love and Survive Our Parents? - A Room with a Darker View: Chronicles of my Mother and Schizophrenia by Claire Phillips": a thoughtful review of my memoir which you can find on their site here. She likens the book to writing by Sylvia Plath and describes how the prose invites readers to "bond over the journey throughout the memoir and constantly details without overexplaining the stigma surrounding mental illness and how it must be confronted."

It was also an honor to be additionally featured by her for the "In The Spotlight" interview series at Write or Die that focuses on "the work of unpublished and nontraditional writers, Self-Published and debut authors and independent presses."

You can read our interview where we touch on various contexts relevant to my memoir such as life in San Francisco, various generations of feminism, writing influences such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Maggie Nelson, and Phillip K Dick, and even the lipstick lesbians who raised me at this link.

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

On Sunday, May 16th I read an excerpt of A Room With a Darker View for LitFest Pasadena's livestreamed program of readings, poetry, film, panel discussions, and more. The program was diverse, ranging in conversations about social justice, cultural equity, race relations" to great words from author activists touching on "inclusivity in graphic novels, writing the SoCal experience, writing complicated families, speculative fiction, true crime, podcasting and 2020."

This short excerpt from my memoir details my move to Pasadena in the 1980s at 16-years-old while my mother's untreated mental illness undermined her effort to practice criminal defense law on the east coast. The contrast between our lives as I ditched school and zipped around the Altadena foothills in a red mustang listening to KROQ Radio could not have been more stunning.

Find out more about LitFest Pasadena on their website litfestpasadena.org and watch pieces of the program on their youtube channel.