Acclaimed author of 17 novels (my dogs and mother adore me).
World traveler (still gobsmacked over the stars in the Sahara).
And survivor (of three dirty-fighting gremlins: Anxiety, Panic and OCD).
This is me. Chloe Stowe.
If you’ve found your way here, you’ve most likely arrived on the coattails of my blog, The Words and Madness of Chloe Stowe. Started in 2012, my daily rantings now number in the thousands.
Ranging from humorous to moody, poignant to absurd, these tiny tidbits of thought began as a way to get my name “out there.” But it has long since morphed into an effort just to “be there” for anybody out there struggling with words or madness, like me.
Quick biographical sketch?
Nerd turned nut at nineteen.
In my sophomore year at Auburn University, I was taken out at the knees by severe panic attacks. Chronic anxiety soon joined the dogpile, followed shortly by OCD tendencies.
Oh, it was ugly.
I eventually had to quit school and soon quit life, as well. I spent a good chunk of my 20’s not able to leave my room.
Twenty years later, it still can get ugly in my head. Thanks to meds and doctors, however, I am able to lead a better life, now. I still can’t work outside the house, but I can live.. and smile… and write. What else does a mad soul need?
So, here I am.
Broken, but stubbornly present.
Bottom line: I hope my voice proves company to someone lonely out there.
Thanks for reading!
11 thoughts on “Author. Traveler. Survivor.”
What a story! Congrats to you for pushing through the panic and succeeding with your writing.
Sounds like you are winning😊
I am. Ain’t it amazing?! *grins*
wonderful, maybe the panic was just showing you where you needed to be in life, I too find that I have been pushed to my tiny study to write endless hours, and leaving here does instill angst, look forward to reading more of your work, 🙂
Thank you. That’s what I believe, too. I am where I’m supposed to be, but as you well know living on a precipice sometimes isn’t choice real estate… but the view is freaking amazing! I sincerely wish you the best, Jessie. Remember you’re not alone.
Hi Chloe, I think your site’s got beautiful design and such interesting pieces, so I’m following! 🙂
I really enjoy your posts and look forward to your next.
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Thanks so much, Sherry!