When ‘Wicked’ author Terry Clouse says ‘this is a really important piece of art’
NEW YORK — — When “Wicked” author Terry Cleave tells you she has written a book, he is not trying to get you to buy into his worldview.
He is not even trying to convince you to get into his life, she said.
He wants you to experience his books for yourself, and to feel what he is saying is true.
That’s what he’s trying to do with “Wick.”
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Wicked and the Divine” and “The Witches,” says she has spent months pondering what it is about her life and her family’s journey that is so powerful.
It is the only book she has read about her father’s struggle to overcome addiction and the mental illness that had left him with a profound sense of loss, she told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
It is a journey that she has followed closely for years, and she hopes readers will get a chance to understand what it’s like to be a part of it, she added.
“I think people are going to really get a glimpse into this person’s story, which is not just a book about addiction but also a story of hope, a story about redemption, a tale of love,” she said in an interview with the AP.
She said she had always hoped to get the book published.
But her father struggled to find employment and had difficulty getting the help he needed.
In 2002, he took a job as a bouncer at a nightclub.
He was not working full-time and was in the process of transitioning from female to male.
He said he began seeing therapists and getting treatment for his addiction.
He had a difficult time with the treatment, which included pills, alcohol and marijuana, and eventually ended up in rehab, he said.
Cleave was the one who wrote the book, and Cleave says she knew she had to write about her dad’s struggles.
She wrote about how she would often sit at the bar with her mother and sister and watch television.
She would talk about her parents’ struggles, she recalled, but she was also talking about her own.
She had tried to make it a story for her own family, and this book was the way to do that, she wrote.
Cleave said she has been a big advocate for other families.
The book was about her mother’s journey with her father and the book also included stories from other families who have dealt with similar issues.
She also wrote about her sister’s struggles with addiction, and how she and her mother found themselves on the brink of relapse when they were young.
She said she would cry and cry as her sister begged for help.
When she was a teenager, she met her future husband and their family.
The book has sold over a million copies worldwide, and has been translated into a number of languages, including Chinese, German, Japanese and Russian.
Wicked also includes a section on the life of American author Jane Austen, a favorite of Cleave’s, which she says is essential reading for anyone who is thinking about writing a book.
“I love her so much,” Cleave said.
“I am so proud to have been part of her life, but it was the book that gave me my confidence, and it’s what helped me get into writing and living my life.”