A while back, an author on Twitter (
whose name, of course, I can’t find now, but if you know it, please let me know it was Heidi Heilig! Thank you, Adam for figuring it out. And thank you to Heidi for doing it in the first place!) added trigger warnings for her books to her website. I thought it was a great idea and have been meaning to follow suit. I think it’s important that people who are sensitive to certain topics know what they’re getting into when they pick up a book. I’m especially sensitive to books where self-harm is depicted because of my own experiences with cutting when I was younger. While depictions of cutting in a book won’t necessarily keep me from reading it, knowing it’s in there helps me mentally prepare for it so that it doesn’t catch me unaware.
I added trigger warnings for At the Edge of the Universe, Violent Ends, We Are the Ants, and The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. I’ll need to go back are reread my first two books to see if there are any issues that need to be addressed in them, but they didn’t deal with the topics my later books have focused on. If I have missed something in the warnings, please don’t hesitate to let me know and I’ll be more than happy to add them. I don’t want any reader caught unaware by a sensitive issue they weren’t expecting that might be triggering for them.