June Converse

Thriving After Trauma - Author and Writing Coach

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About June...

Choosing to rebuild a life after a breakdown has been a challenge. I became an author and a blogger who openly shares my struggle with bipolar, suicide ideation and disordered eating. I made a decision to stop suffering with bipolar and to start living with bipolar. A simple shift in my thinking and now, here I am. I have published two novels and received reviews I could have only dreamed of.

Who knew being willing to put my vulnerabilities front and center would heal me and others too?

Who knew I could lose it all – career, friends, faith – and recreate, rebuild, and renew?

I’m still creating me, and I hope to never stop building. It’s a journey and I welcome fellow journeymen. We live in this world together. Wouldn’t it be great to actually do the journey together?
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May 25, 2020
Missing GOD, God, god

Recently I wrote a blog on spirituality versus religion. The concept of spirituality has been swirling in my mind ever since. As most of you know, I was raised on the Baptist version of God and can no longer accept aspects of that belief system. But I do miss some aspects of that version of […]

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May 11, 2020
Doubt and Failure

“Doubt is the motor for failure.” ~ Professor T available on Amazon Prime I’ve heard many cutesy quotes about doubt and about failure. But for some reason, this particular quote struck a chord and it keeps rolling in my mind. I decided to look at the ways I doubt and evaluate if these doubts are […]

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April 27, 2020
What Is Forgiveness?

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about Grudge Holding. A great friend [let’s call her Amy], who is always so supportive, responded to me via email. With her permission, I wanted to share some sections. “I think holding grudges is tied to my tendency to not forgive, and sometimes I wish I could […]

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April 13, 2020
What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual?

I have a new therapist. I like her. She's more aggressive and less focused on my past and more on my future. Yesterday, without any preamble and within a context I didn't understand, she asked: What Is your spiritual practice? The question elicited an immediate bodily reaction. My spine stiffened, my heart raced, and I […]

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March 30, 2020
Annoyance or Abiding Insult: Grudge Part 2

Recently I wrote a blog where I admitted to holding a grudge for two people in my life. Yesterday, while listening to Golden In Death by JD Robb, one of the characters said: “What’s a momentary annoyance for one is a deep abiding insult to another.” I’m left wondering if the two people I begrudge […]

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March 29, 2020
This One Will Take Me A While

I've 'needed' to work through this book for a long time. I kept putting it off because it kind of scared me. Well, I'm putting on my big girl panties and doing the damn work.

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March 29, 2020
I Love Ian Taggart's Witty Remarks

Okay, these books are raunchy! But they are worth it just to hear what Ian Taggart has to say. This one is about Brody and Stephanie.

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March 29, 2020
Because the Controversy is Ridiculous

People are complaining about this book -- to the point of threatening the author -- because she dared to write about a Hispanic's difficulties with immigration. It's FICTION. If authors can't write outside their own life experiences, then I guess I can only write female WASP fiction! How boring that would be. This is not […]

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March 29, 2020
Black Dagger Boys Are Back!

I'm not sure what I like better -- new characters or catching up on my old 'friends'.

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March 23, 2020
A Professional What?

As I write this post, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 situation and everybody's worried and afraid and hidden in their houses. Not fun. Not awful either. It just is. Today a friend sent me a video about how to survive with teenagers and adult children without killing them. Great video, great information. […]

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June Converse with purple hair
In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....
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