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Katherine hopes new book will help people battling depression

A marketing consultant has told how her battle with depression prompted her to write a book to help others.

Katherine James has created “The Story of Hope”. Although a piece of fiction, it includes practical advice for anyone struggling with mental health problems.

The new book is being released to coincide with this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May 2020).

Katherine – based in Whitchurch, Hampshire – said: “Back in 2014, I was in a really difficult place. I felt like I was in a dark attic, covered with a black cloak. I didn’t know how to find a new direction.

“So I searched desperately for a book to help me overcome all that adversity and depression. I couldn’t find that book, so I wrote one myself.”

The result is now a beautifully-illustrated publication telling the story of an unlikely hero called “Hope”.

Said Katherine: “Trapped in her attic room, she feels forgotten by the world. She takes a journey of self-discovery, protected by a beautiful cloak. Actually, it’s very similar to the lockdown we’ve been experiencing recently. Many of us feel isolated, vulnerable and also rather hopeless at times.

“The book encourages people who feel trapped, and have lost hope, to rewrite their own story and find the courage to begin a new chapter. It guides those in despair from what feels like a grey, empty existence to a place of colour and confidence: the life they were meant to lead.

“I really hope, with all my heart, that this new book will help somebody struggling with their mental health, particularly at this difficult time.

“It’s concise, beautifully illustrated and could be a perfect gift for someone.”

By day, Katherine runs a successful marketing consultancy – Copy That Sells (https://copythatsells.co.uk/) – under her business name of Katherine Ledger. Her firm works with IT and technical businesses as well as B2B companies. She crafts their real-life business stories and shares these with customers through their marketing.

Said Katherine: “Wherever I go, I love listening to people, whether overseas or closer to home, chatting to people I meet in business and life about the lives and livelihoods they would love to have.

“So often companies hide their star qualities and the infinite lengths they go to for clients. So I tease out those stories and weave them into stellar marketing content which makes them shine.”

Katherine Elizabeth James with a copy of her book, “The Story of Hope”.

Katherine grew up in Alnmouth, Northumberland.

She said: “I was a shy, sensitive child. I spent many hours in the attic of our large house by the sea where I grew up – trying to make sense of the world.

“I fed my imagination with fairy tales and fantasy literature – things like the Hobbit, Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. The heroes and heroines of those tales became my friends.

“This was also the time that I first came up with the concept of ‘The Story of Hope’ – and it’s great to now see it being published as a book.”

Nine years ago, Katherine managed a programme to train young people with mental health issues to become leaders.

“I’ve fought my own painful battle with depression and saw how the young people retreated into their own ‘attic’ of despair, hiding away from the world.

“I encouraged them to take up a new mantle – overcoming despair and turning it into a positive chapter of their evolving story.

“You could say we’re all on a Hero’s Journey, called to find hope by conquering adversity.”

As a youngster, Katherine loved prising unusual facts about people from her father’s extensive library.

She became an information manager, setting up market research services for technical companies and teasing out hidden gems from various sources and making cold, hard facts warm and engaging.

She added: “Twenty years ago, I stumbled across using storytelling to help businesses. I discovered a natural ability to help a technical sales community in a large telecoms company sell a complex portfolio by marketing with storytelling.

“Multi-million pound deals were signed. I tumbled into my vocation!

“Later on, tempted back to roles more about traditional marketing than storytelling, I lost my way. And something awful happened. I fell off a loft ladder, breaking my back in two places, spending a year recuperating.”

She continued: “Thankfully, that fall and bang on the head landed me back on my feet. I followed my heart, launching a storytelling company to help clients attract like-minded, like-hearted clients they’d love to meet.”

Now Katherine is hoping her very own fictional story – inspired by her own challenges – will inspire readers to take their own “hero’s journey” of self-discovery to find their true calling as well as the courage to start again.

Said Katherine: “I was inspired to write ‘The Story of Hope’ having undergone my own dark, painful journey through depression. I want to empower people to share their own story of hope, where victory through vulnerability is their greatest strength.”

“The Story of Hope”, by Katherine Elizabeth James, is published by Storyarc Publishing. It is available to buy from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones and other good booksellers.

To find out more please visit www.thestoryofhope.co.uk   

The new book is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstone’s and good booksellers.

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“The Story of Hope” website gives more information on the book and the author, plus links to online booksellers. The microsite was developed by The PR Store in conjunction with the consultancy Copy That Sells. Visit www.thestoryofhope.co.uk