The Author's Corner Blog number 1
Updated: Jul 3
For those of you who don't know me, my name is James G Yeo and I am a Canadian Author. To tell you a little about myself, I am a former Chef who has taken early retirement to help take care of my parents. I am also a published author with a series called An Individual's Innocence which is about mental illness and how the character lives with it from day to day. The reason for mental illness as a subject is because I have my own battles with the illness that I talk about in the series.
This is the first blog of The Author's Corner and in this blog I will be talking about a lot of different things from writing and publishing to cooking to any suggestions that you may make in the comments section so feel free to give me topics to talk about. They can be anything other than politics, religion and sex.
So, let's get started on a topic that I feel is important to let you all know and that is around when I started to write and tell stories. I have always been a good story teller when I was growing up. In school after I was finished with the lesson for that class I would work on short stories and poems. That started in grade five as I was so often board in class so the writing kept my mind active. This went on until I finished high school.
In college I found that the classes were different as there was normally not enough time in class to finish the lesson. For that reason I set the pen down to focus on my classes and as well I found out that I had to work full-time to pay bills. Thus, I would only have Sundays off from work and that day was used to catch up on projects from school.
Once I finished college I picked up the pen again and began writing. I had a dream of being a published author and well the cooking was what was paying my bills. The only thing that I found hard was that I was working some 10-12 hours a day with my job, as for the normal in a kitchen.
In 2005, I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and well the shift from wanting to run a kitchen was not going to happen as the stress of that job could lead me back to the hospital. So, I took the position as just a line cook in a small town kitchen. My hours were from 3-11 and there was no more 10-12 hour days.
Where I was only working 8 hours a day, I started the first book of the series, An Individual's Innocence : The Silent Screams. It took me almost 10 years to write it as I found out that it is not as easy as you would thing to write a book. I was up for the challenge and in October 2016 I released the book. It is available on my website and so is the second book, The Fog of Time. I also have published a poetry book, Voices of Reason.
The shift from working to helping my parents has given me more time to write and I have the last book of the series being edited right now. So, something for the future to come. If all goes well it will be 2025 when it is published. As of now I am working on another project which is called Echoes of Yesterday.
With the path that I have led in my writing, I know that the stories I will write may change how people view those who suffer from mental illness. That is where I get my strength to continue with my days and the creativity of my work. There is something that I know for a fact and that is to judge someone because of their mental illness only makes the situation worse.
As of now, I will be back next Sunday to talk about my cooking career before I started my retirement in March of 2020 when COVID shut down the restaurant I was working at and I was able to move home to help my parents.