Saturday 1 June 2013

Kerry Connelly's Take Over

Kerry is a big supporter of our blog and we wanted to give a little back, so we have handed over the reigns of Booky Ramblings to her today as part of our Take Over feature. 

DSC05008 - CopyHi Booky Ramblers! My name’s Kerry Louise Connelly, You may be politely scratching your head thinking – um who on earth is she? Should I know her?  No need to rack your brains…, no you ‘shouldn’t’ know me – but you will.

I’m an author and an education assistant – proof that women can do anything they set their minds to. At 28 years old I published my first book ‘Observation City’ – a witty and relatable tongue- in cheek collection of pieces on human behaviour and life situations – I got in just before my 29th birthday and am about to release my 2nd book, much different to the joyous manifestation that became ‘Observation City’. (‘OC’ which is available now)

Now that we’ve been introduced, let me welcome you all, the way I would when I teach those lovely junior primary students… ‘He-llo everyone’!   (‘Hello Kerry…Lou-eeeessse) – And thank you all for joining me.

Not so long ago I was in a pretty bad place, I was in an emotionally abusive relationship and suffering terribly from depression and other mental health issues, apart from that I was in a job I could no longer get any joy out of, and was basically fed up and feeling so far past low and lonely that I thought I may end up in a loony bin!

I started to change my circumstances, I quit my job – yep that’s exactly what I did, -You know it’s got to be bad when someone just ‘quits’ their job of 4 years.  Now don’t think I took a bundle of pleasure in doing so – I actually liked my job in the beginning and quitting brought a flood of tears, but knew it was contributing to the deterioration of my mental health, which is an extremely important issue – so I took a casual position instead while I cradled my dream to learn and write and also get involved in education.

And so - I studied and obtained my certification in education support. I left the emotionally abusive situation I was in, but continued to struggle, as I still sometimes do, with my mental health and the understanding of both myself and the situations I have been in. – Anything there sound familiar?

Well what I learnt along the years that were and are my mid 20’s, when I thought about my life – is that I want and always have wanted to feel ‘something more’. I remembered back to my primary school graduation, where a 12year old girl in a bright green dress with matching lime green pumps, stood on the assembly stage while the principal declared that ‘When she grows up, Kerry wants to be a writer and a kindergarten teacher’ – maybe kids have it right in the first place, before they’re tainted by the outside world of adulthood. That’s what I realised and that’s what I started to do – in the simplest of terms, - chase my dreams.

My 2nd book is due for release in the coming months, please show your support by joining me via my official facebook and website pages for upcoming release information.

‘Shaken: A story of emotional abuse and depression’, is inspired by personal experience, which I hope serves not only as a good read, but as a self-help book of sorts. Interspersed with checklist material and signs for the emotionally abused/depressed as well as their friends to look out for, and to understand the topic better – I hope to help at least one person gain some comfort in what may be a confusing situation.

Yes it’s a scary venture, but I believe things happen for a reason, - maybe just maybe, one of the reasons I went through such depression (Which you will learn about in ‘Shaken’) was to help me on my path of becoming a published author- who knows?

With ‘Shaken’ comes my 2nd book, a book I hope you will enjoy and take something away from. I sincerely hope to connect with readers and hear your feedback and stories. Please feel free to contact me on the listed sites, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks Booky ramblers for having me!

‘Good afternoon everyone!’ (Good afternooooooonnnnnn Kerry Lou- eeese.)



‘Shaken’ will be available at first through and my publisher, with plans to be released world wide through other online book retailers and websites. Join me on the above links for updated release information.

‘Observation City’ is available now in paperback.

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Also available at Amazon, Barnes and noble, Angus and Robertson, Createspace and check your other favourite online stores.

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  1. Hi Kerry, thanks for stopping in today. I look forward to reading both your books.

  2. Really looking forward to Shaken, Kerry x

  3. Thanks guys for having me and to the booky ramblers out there for reading :)


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