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Last Updated 1/2024

Katie Rose Guest Pryal, J.D., Ph.D., is a bipolar-autistic keynote speaker, professor, author, and expert in mental health and neurodiversity.

She is the author of three books on mental health and neurodiversity:

She is also the author of the INDIE-Gold-winning The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career (Blue Crow Books, 2019) and the award-winning Hollywood Lights Series of romantic women’s fiction novels, all of which center neurodiversity such as autism, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. Her novels include Entanglement (2015), Chasing Chaos (2016), Fallout Girl (2018), and Take Your Charming Somewhere Else (2021), which won the 2022 IPPY Gold Medal in Romance.

She writes frequently for national publications, is a columnist for Psychology Today, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is represented by BrightSight Speakers. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her spouse, her two children, her two horses, and a houseful of adopted pets.

Dr. Pryal’s first name is Katie Rose; her middle name is Guest; and her last name is Pryal (rhymes with “trial”). Her pronouns are she/her.

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Awards and Recognition

  • TAKE YOUR CHARMING SOMEWHERE ELSE won the 2022 IPPY Gold Medal in the Romance category. (An IPPY is an Independent Publisher Book Award for small press titles.)
  • “The Holes We Live With,” essay in FULL GROWN PEOPLE, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in December 2021.
  • EVEN IF YOU’RE BROKEN selected by RAINN as a featured title on their book list to learn about sexual violence, October 2021.
  • LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED and THE FREELANCE ACADEMIC were named to THE PROFESSOR IS IN Top 12 Books About Academia in 2021.
  • THE FREELANCE ACADEMIC was named Recommended Reading about Higher Ed by FROM PHD TO LIFE in 2021.
  • EVEN IF YOU’RE BROKEN won a 2020 IPPY Gold Medal. (An IPPY is an Independent Publisher Book Award for small press titles.)
  • THE FREELANCE ACADEMIC won a 2019 GOLD INDIES Award (for small press titles).
  • LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED was selected by BOOKRIOT one of the Top 5 Books to Help You Understand Higher Education in 2019.
  • The World Doesn’t Bend for Disabled Kids (or Disabled Parents),” essay in CATAPULT Magazine, was the Most-Read Article in the magazine of 2018.
  • FALLOUT GIRL was selected by CHAPEL HILL MAGAZINE as one of its Top 5 Books From Local Authors to Take to the Beach in 2018.
  • “With New Life Comes a Fear of Death,” essay in MOTHERWELL Magazine, was named one of the Top-10 Most Popular Articles in the magazine of 2017.

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Award-winning author, speaker, and expert in mental health and neurodiversity.

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