Author D. A. Reed delivers a message of hope to struggling teens, their parents and educators in her young adult novels "All The Things We Didn't See" and "Nothin' but Gutters and Change."
"There is always help," she said. "As a society, we need to eradicate the stigma around mental illness. I didn't realize it was such a big problem."
After writing twice about difficult issues for teens, Reed realized that she need to be aware, that these problems exist in society.
"People approached me to write about depression and suicide," she said.
At first she balked at the issues, but then Reed buckled up to bring awareness to serious problems that people are struggling with.
"I made sure to write it in a way so it's not that intense that people wouldn't want to read about it," she said.
Reed found a balance between stating the truth correctly while injecting some sarcastic humor into the stories.
"I always try to find that silver lining in difficult situations," she said.