As an advisory, this episode contains content that may not be appropriate for some listeners. The topics of sexuality and sexual abuse are discussed, so if these things make you uncomfortable, or you’re listening with folks who may be too young for these subjects, please know that this is an unedited and explicit episode. Thank you.
He grew up closeted and impoverished in the Ozarks of Southern Missouri. That led to many of his personal inspirations for change. His first novel, “Confessions from the Pumpkin Patch,” was award-winning. His second novel, “The Calling Dream,” was just published earlier this year.
In addition to his work as a writer, he’s also been a clinical social worker focusing on trauma survivors for almost forty years. He says he draws from those experiences, and his own, to create his stories, and in his own words, says, “I want to be to mental health what John Grisham is to law.”
Enjoy this wonderful conversation with author Karlyle Tomms and visit him at karlyletomms.com.
If you or anyone you know has been sexual assaulted, please know that help is available. RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and you can reach them confidentially, 24/7 at 1-800-656.4673 or visit their website at rainn.org.
Additionally, in support of LGBTQ mental health specifically, there’s The Trevor Project who offer a safe and judgment free place to talk. You can call the TrevorLifeline at 866-488-7386 or visit thetrevorproject.org.
Finally, you can also contact your own State Department of Mental Health Services for local referrals of people who can help.
Please know that you are not alone.