New Cover Art for “Mental (2018)” Second Edition

Mental is a First Edition Novel

And here is the unveiling:


This is original art by my marketing agency, Vistaprint!

I will begin edits for the Second Edition tomorrow morning, to hopefully be completed by this Friday, November 9th, 2018. There were a few publishing errors which occurred when my manuscript was transferred into book form that need to be addressed; I also caught a few of my own errors, as well. I will also edit the back cover, adding the following picture to the back of the novel (in place of the picture of the girl’s mouth with a pill on her tongue):

This picture of me in the yellow top is my official biography photo! You will recognize it on my Author Central webpage,

Publishing the Second Edition of “Mental (2018)” is scheduled for this Saturday, November 10th, 2018.

Thank you for keeping up to date on the newest happenings of “Mental (2018)”…

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A “Mental (2018)” Update

Bipolar Lifer

These past two weeks, I took a break from promoting “Mental (2018)” because I was hospitalized for a severe depressed episode of Bipolar I.

I found a new hospital in The Woodlands, TX that offers yoga, art and music therapy and intensive psychotherapy in which to pass the time while my doubled dose of Lithium went into effect.

My Lithium levels were originally dropped this past July while I was doing TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) treatments for depression and mania. They appeared to be working, so my neuropsychiatrist dropped my Geodon and Lithium. Perhaps because I stopped six treatments shy of completion due to severe migraines, or perhaps because the treatments actually provided no relief, I have been cycling in an extreme way between mania and depression for at least three months now. Luckily, the doubling of my Lithium levels proved successful and I am feeling optimistic and calm again…

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The Life of Marie K Johnston in Photos, Part One

What follows is a little taste of my life as a novelist, from this week. All photos were taken by me! Here you go (for selfies, scroll):

My home in Tomball, TX, where I live with these two:

Chris (40) and Chloe (7 1/2) McCurry, my family:

Here are some pics of me in tees from this week:

I monetized this website this week so that I could run ads for my novel, and from Amazon and WordPress in general.

Please click on an ad on the right side of this page! Every time you click, I make a few bucks! We’re saving up for new cars:

Thank you for taking a peek into the life of Marie K Johnston, Novelist!

Follow me at, and!

🦋🦋🦋, Marie K Johnston/Kristen M McCurry

Highlighted Sneak Peak #2: “Mental (2018)” Part One, Chapters 4-10

Remember, pay close attention to the things I’ve highlighted in order to gain a deeper understanding of the characters, plot, themes, and meaning in the novel:

Obviously, I’ve only revealed pieces of these highlighted chapters from one of my own copies to pique your interest! Hopefully, you’ll feel the urge to go to to purchase your very own First Edition paperback now! You can also “follow” me on this webpage in order to stay up to date with all of the exciting things happening with “Mental (2018)”!

Please continue reading partial and full chapters of “Mental (2018)” here and on, and follow my non-fiction site,, which features my real-life journal dealing with my experiences as a Bipolar I artist, wife, and mother!

Thank you for reading!

🦋🦋🦋, Marie K Johnston/Kristen M McCurry

Highlighted Sneak Peak #1: “Mental (2018),” Prologue & Chapters 1-3

Pay close attention to the highlighted parts in order to gain a deeper understanding of the novel:

Thanks for reading! If I’ve piqued your interest, you can read the entire First Edition paperback by going here: and don’t forget to follow me there so you can stay up to date on all the interesting things that surround this novel’s publication!

Stay tuned for the next installment of highlights from Part One in the next post!

Read more of my fiction here in Menu or on, and read more of my non-fiction at (featuring my real-life journal detailing what it feels like to be Bipolar I)!

🦋🦋🦋, Marie K Johnston/Kristen M McCurry

More of “Mental (2018)” Marketing Campaign

Mental is a First Edition Novel

Here are some more pics of the “Mental (2018)” marketing campaign: new tee shirt with new logo, pen, cards with envelopes, stickers to seal envelopes…

Leave a comment (of your name and address, if you live in the continguous U.S.) on my Contact page if you would like to receive a “Mental (2018)” card in the mail! I will not share your physical address with anyone or use it for any other purpose!

As always, go to to follow me online and/or buy my novel ($2.99 for eBook and $12.99 for First Edition paperback)!

🦋🦋🦋, Marie K Johnston/Kristen M McCurry

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