I'm a writer, x-ray technologist, and mental health advocate living on a ranch in Canada with my husband and dogs.
Miriam Verheyden has been a lumberjack, church organist, veggie washer and bookseller. She works as an x-ray technologist by day and writes by night.
During her downtime Miriam is most likely found either in her hammock reading a book, or kayaking across one of the many beautiful lakes of BC together with her corgi Lily.
A few people have made the mistake of telling her that she looks like Dakota Johnson, and you better believe that she will ride this train forever.
She grew up in Germany and dropped out of college at age 23 to move to Canada to be with her much-older, father-of-4, not-quite-divorced-yet lover. It's a great story with a happy ending, so she wrote her first book Let's Pretend This is Normal about it.
Her second book Quit the Hustle is based on her experience of recovering from burnout through overcoming the need to improve everything about herself and embrace life with all its imperfections.
Miriam believes that being true to yourself is your superpower, and she writes stories about how owning your truth will set you free.
Miriam is currently working on her third non-fiction book: a raw and intimate look at what living with depression, PMDD and anxiety is really like. She describes how the relentless pressure on women, living in a patriarchal world, and being a health care worker during the pandemic contributed to her deteriorating mental health.
Turning to wine for the comfort it promised only made things worse.
When she quit drinking, a new world opened up: one that's brighter, more fun, and more vibrant than she ever thought possible.
This book is for anyone whose mental health has taken a hit.
It is proof that you can have a life full of hope, joy, adventure and sparkle despite having a mental illness.