About

Deborah Vlock

Photo: Caroline Alden

Deborah Vlock’s new book, Parenting Children with Mental Health Challenges: A Guide To Life with Emotionally Complex Kids (Rowman & Littlefield) may just be the manual every “mental-health parent” has been waiting for. You don’t have to wait much longer…just till November, 2018! 

Deborah is a Boston-based writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, and a blogger for Psychology Today. Her work has been published in print and online, and can be found in literary journals and glossy magazines, as well as on newsy and literary blogs. O, the Oprah Magazine, CognoscentiThe Huffington PostHunger MountainLiterary MamaThe Missouri Review BlogYARN (Young Adult Review Network), and The Atlantic Magazine online have all featured Deborah’s work. She writes about everything from mental illness to square-dancing dentists to the legacies of the Holocaust to teenage rebellion. And lots more.

The mother of two remarkable young adults, one of whom has struggled with mental illness since age four, Deb’s a veteran (along with her son) of the pediatric psych unit, and a survivor of way too many night watches. She has found such clever solutions for hiding sharp household objects in the middle of the night that certain scissors and a wobbly-handled steak knife have gone missing for good. She has also mastered the art of using the bathroom (but only when absolutely necessary) while keeping track of a child hell-bent on hurting himself. Hers has been a life filled with pain, terror, exhaustion, illness, and on occasion, utter, transcendent joy. Oh, and with writing—thank goodness!

Deborah counts herself lucky to live with the three best people on this earth: her husband (known to readers as “Lars”), her daughter (“Saskia”), and her son (“Benjy”). She is dedicated to making connections and sharing stories and resources with other parents and/or writers, and welcomes your communications. Whether you’re looking for a keynote speaker, a workshop leader, or a few words of consolation and encouragement, do get in touch!  Just visit the Contact page and send her a note.

 

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Deborah Vlock is a Boston-based writer of fiction and creative non-fiction. Her work has been published in print and online, and can be found in literary journals and glossy magazines, as well as on newsy and literary blogs. She also writes a regular blog, called “What to Expect When You Get the Unexpected: A Mother’s Notes on Childhood Mental Illness,” for Psychology Today. Deborah is available for media and speaking engagements.

Please get in touch with her via her Contact page or agent.

Agent

Janet Reid
New Leaf  Literary & Media, Inc.
New Leaf Contact Page

Deborah Vlock Official Photo. May be used without prior permission. Credit: Caroline Alden

Deborah Vlock Official Photo.
May be used without prior permission.
Credit: Caroline Alden