Narcolepsy Memoir Reaches Over 12,000 Readers in Six Months

Happy half birthday to Wide Awake and Dreaming! Six months ago, I published my book with joy and fear. Would people like it? Well, it’s been a whirlwind 6 months.

Precious Moments:
Lessons Learned:
  • Not everyone will like my book. Negative reviews are a good sign that it’s reaching a wide audience.
  • Sharing my darkest moments was rewarding and the right choice. As Brene Brown says, “Vulnerability is not weakness… it’s emotional risk, exposure, uncertainty… Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.”
Looking Back:

Yesterday, I stumbled upon my handwritten first draft notes for the book – scribbled across spiral notebooks and countless scrap pieces of papers 4 years ago. In the mix, I rediscovered the first sentence of my book. “It began with laughter.” I smiled big.

Looking Ahead:

I will speak at several conferences this fall. I hope the book continues to gain momentum and raise awareness!

Thank you for your support and spreading the word to your friends, family and community!


  1. […] julie on June 16, 2013 The past six months, my book has reached readers all over the world. Here are some […]

  2. Elaine Armstrong on June 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Wow Julie…CONGRATULATIONS and WELL DONE YOU…… Wouldn`t have exspected anything less for such a truely amazing inspirational lady !!

    • julie on June 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Aww, thank you, Elaine. You are SO sweet. 🙂

  3. Laura on June 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Yay, Julie!

    • julie on June 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you, Laura!

  4. Gail Pean on June 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Congratulations Julie! I am so happy to learn so many people are learning about Narcolepsy and Cataplexy while enjoying your description and creative writing. My book club loved it and thought you write like Ernest Hemingway! We can’t wait to read your next book! Happy writing and half birthday to Wide Awake and Dreaming!!!

    • julie on June 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Dearest Gail – thank you for supporting me from draft 1 to the final product to featuring my book in your book club. Much love, Julie

  5. cindy on June 18, 2013 at 7:29 am

    So happy for you. Love the pictures 😉

    • julie on June 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Yay! Thank you for all your support, my fellow writer, Cindy!

  6. Chris on June 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks Julie for writing such a great book and bring to the world the story of Narcolepsy and Catalpexy.

    Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. – Charles Caleb Colton

    • julie on June 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Chris!

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