One Man’s Manic High Helped Him Write A Novel

Interview on TMJ4 with "Poison Pen" author Bill Zaferos.

Bipolar Milwaukee author uses novel to promote mental health awareness

"Not everybody's going to write a book," he said. "But they can work to feel more comfortable about having a mental illness and about how to deal with it. So it's just really important to remove the stigma."

Bipolar Author Bill Zaferos Channeled Mental Illness Into Creativity

poison penAuthor Bill Zaferos did not know he was suffering from bipolar disorder when he wrote his first novel, Poison Pen, in 2000. The book will be released May 15 with an event at the Marcus Center.

Former Wisconsin newspaper reporter publishes first novel

“Poison Pen” is described as an absurdist tale of redemption about a depressed game show host known for his cruel on-air insults and crude behavior. Zaferos told Stingl he wrote the book in 2000, but waited 16 years before getting the courage to show friends, fellow writers or a publisher.

Milwaukee novelist who wrote on a manic high is putting the focus on mental illness

poison penZaferos will read from "Poison Pen" and take questions from Marcus Center President Paul Mathews and the audience. Everyone present will receive a copy of the book, which also becomes available that day on Amazon.