Poetry is in the air and in letters all month as Americans recognize National Poetry Month during April. LitChat is pleased to host Linda Vigen Phillips, author of the YA novel in verse Crazy, in #LitChat on April 6, 2015 at 4 p.m. ET. Follow #LitChat on Twitter, or login to our dedicated feed at www.nurph.com/litchat.Linda Phillips

Eloquent and compelling, Linda Vigen Phillips’ novel-in-verse, Crazy, tackles complex themes and Christian spirituality in a way that will have readers rooting for Laura to find the courage to get the answers she needs.

Laura is a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the 1960s, navigating her way through classes, friendships, and even a new romance. But she’s carrying around a secret: her mother is suffering from a mental illness. No one in Laura’s family will talk about her mother’s past hospitalizations or increasingly erratic behavior, and Laura is confused and frightened. CrazyLaura finds some refuge in art, but when her mother suffers a breakdown after taking painting back up again herself, even art ceases to provide much comfort.

Linda Vigen Phillips has always loved reading and writing poetry. As a retired teacher she delights in having enough time to pursue these passions. Crazy, her debut book, is a YA novel in verse. Drawn from her own experiences growing up in Oregon, it tells the story of a teenage girl coming to terms with her mother’s mental illness. Linda hopes that the book will speak to teens or adults whose lives have been affected by a loved one facing similar challenges. She and her husband live in North Carolina where they ride vintage bicycles on greenways and make regular play dates with the grandkids.

View the Crazy video trailer here.

Follow Linda Vigen Phillips on Twitter: @LvigenPhillips.