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Product Details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466328495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466328495
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,625,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

It was during the course of a 9th grade creative writing class that I was struck by the writing bug. I'd only signed up for it because I wanted to be an editor on the school paper. Mostly because I'd hoped might give me the opportunity to interview the good looking student teacher in my drama class. I actually did get to do that interview, only I was so nervous I could hardly open my mouth! As an adult I realize he probably knew I had a crush on him... Anyway, thanks to the encouragement of another student teacher, Linda Marks, this one in the writing class I mentioned, I'm sitting here today. She instilled a love of creating stories that has given me great pleasure for most of my life. I'd always enjoyed reading, and still do. But there's just something so amazing about breathing life into characters. About creating a world where I control everything that happens. Usually. Sometimes it seems like the characters take over if they don't like where I'm going with the story though. Yeah, weird... But now I want to share them, and their stories, with you. And hope that you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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Kristy K. James' first goal in life was to work in law enforcement, until the night she called the police to check out a scary noise in her yard. Realizing that she might someday have to investigate scary noises in yards just as dark as hers if she continued on that path, she turned to her other favorite love...writing. Since then her days have been filled with being a mom and reluctant zookeeper (7 pets), creating stories, and looking for trouble in her kitchen.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Patterson on August 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
2 years, 8 months and 16 days since my injury and this book is spot on with what I've experienced so far. Recovery is a long and lonely journey, but I still have hope I will be restored to the person I once was. Thanks for sharing, it's a story seldom heard.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kass on December 10, 2012
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As a retired psychotherapist who specialized in trauma recovery, I was intrigued when I heard about this book. When I read the reviews I was confused. Obviously the reviewer who gave the book only one star did not read the blurb, much less the book. (On what planet would you consider this a sci-fi story and why would you expect a true story to have any ending other than the real one, happy or sad?)

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has suffered a traumatic head injury, has a loved one who has, or who works in the healthcare fields that deal with the physical and psychological recovery from these injuries. It is a poignant description of the struggles involved. Not only is your body and your life affected by such an injury, but your very personality is changed.

This is not the most well-written story out there but that is understandable since it was written during the two years Ms. James was recovering from a serious car accident. Since she is a well-established fiction author, I'm sure she could have later edited the story to smooth it out. But I'm glad she didn't because the raw words better convey what she was going through at the time, and show us how such an injury can rob us of our ability to think straight and our very sense of who we are.

The story is short but not an easy read (I read it in one evening). It does, however, end on a hopeful note as Ms. James shares those moments when she realized she was finding her motivation, her pleasure in life, and herself again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RedToSilver on December 22, 2012
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This is the most enligntening, honest AND TRUE report on the happenings of "after the accident" I have ever read!
But this kind of treatment by Ins., Drs., police, customer "service" does not JUST happen to accident victims! I have a friend and I have my own treatment that goes along with what Kristy so gallantly reports in this book!! If you have MANY health problems that are not easy to SEE...then "they" just write you off or worse yet, send to on to one Dr. to another... to another... to another, just to get you out of THEIR office. And call you a paranoid hypochondriac, tiresome and impossible patient...plus put this into your file that they send on to the next Dr.!
This then is how that new Dr. sees you and they don't want anything to do with you either, so they send you and your file on to another Dr.
All this to say, what Kristy has so PERFECTLY explained and lived thru....is just how it REALLY is!!! I applaud Kristy's courage to tell it so vividly and accurately...but also letting us see how wonderful she is INSIDE of her head and heart...and to let us feel her pain and anxiety along with her. I pray for her "return to normal" as she so desperatly wants!!!! Let us all pray for her and all those others that are living in this "hell on earth" experience!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Sheldon on November 30, 2012
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Detailing her struggle to recover from a traumatic brain injury, "The Stranger In My Head" is wonderfully inspirational. It's obviously been an unbelievably difficult journey for Kristy K. James, but the determination she writes of in this memoir is incredible. I wish her all the best and will definitely be checking out her fiction work.
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