More About the Author
Merri Lisa Johnson believes in bold lines, strange truths, off rhymes, and the art of the glimpse. She likes kittenish vignettes, ruthless sunsets, and long walks on the hard beach of relentless self-inquiry. Her newest book, GIRL IN NEED OF A TOURNIQUET, is a story about coming of age, coming out, coming to terms with grief, and becoming borderline. Follow her reflections and insatiable research on manic defenses, bizarre symptoms, the obstacle course of emotional recovery, the revision of the DSM-V, and the borderline personality of media and celebrity culture - among other random notes, stories, comments, and newly discovered therapeutic tools - by becoming a fan of GIRL IN NEED OF A TOURNIQUET: A BORDERLINE PERSONALITY MEMOIR on Facebook.
Johnson is currently at work on her next critical memoir, ALTERED, a close look at addiction, disorganized attachment, imago therapy, and the first year of her very own borderline/narcissist marriage. Her essays have also appeared in Sex and Single Girls (ed. Lee Damsky), Herspace: Women, Writing, Solitude (ed. Jo Malin), and Homewrecker (ed. Daphne Gottlieb). She currently lives in South Carolina with the great loves of her life - her partner Stace and two loyal shih tzus, Millie and Lola - in a 1920s-era craftsman bungalow fondly known among family and friends as The Haney-Johnson Halfway House for the Bright but Broken-Hearted.