NEW RELEASE: A LIGHT IN THE TOWER: A New Reckoning with Mental Health in Higher Education from University Press of Kansas!

I am a bipolar-autistic, award-winning, and bestselling author of more than fifteen books of fiction and nonfiction.

All of my books center neurodiversity and mental health. My mission as an author and artist is to tell honest and compelling stories about neurodivergent people to create acceptance and eradicate stigma and ableism.

Speaking: If you would like me to invite me to speak at an event, please contact BrightSight Speakers, my speaker’s bureau.

“Moving, vital.”

Kelly Harms

Washington Post bestselling author

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A LIGHT IN THE TOWER: A NEW RECKONING WITH MENTAL HEALTH IN HIGHER EDUCATION (University Press of Kansas) is available now wherever books are sold.

A Light in the Tower is essential reading for anyone in academia with a disability, but also those without one to know how to better support their colleagues and classmates” -Eric Michael Garcia, author of We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation

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Book Awards and Recognition

    • Winner of the 2022 IPPY Gold Medal in Romance. (An IPPY is an Independent Publisher Book Award for small press titles.)
  • EVEN IF YOU’RE BROKEN: Bodies, Boundaries, and Mental Health
    • Winner of the 2020 IPPY Gold Medal in women’s issues. (An IPPY is an Independent Publisher Book Award for small press titles.)
    • Selected by RAINN as a featured book in 2021.
  • LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education
  • THE FREELANCE ACADEMIC: Transform Your Creative Life and Career
    • Winner of a GOLD 2019 INDIES Award in Careers (the INDIES are Foreword Magazine’s awards for small press titles).
    • Named to THE PROFESSOR IS IN Top 12 Books About Academia in 2021.
    • named to the Recommended Reading list by FROM PHD TO LIFE in 2021 for academics “actively looking for paid employment or exploring career options.”
    • Named to the Recommended Reading list by FROM PHD TO LIFE in 2021.

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All books available in paperback and ebook wherever books are sold.

The Revised and Expanded Edition of EVEN IF YOU’RE BROKEN: Bodies, Boundaries, and Mental Health, was released in October of 2023. Download the press release and table of contents now!

My newest book is forthcoming in early 2024 from University Press of Kansas: A LIGHT IN THE TOWER: A New Reckoning with Mental Health in Higher Education.

Praise for my nonfiction:

“In Even If You’re Broken, Katie Rose Guest Pryal deftly sews together a patchwork quilt of stories, raw emotion, and insights that will touch every reader. The result is moving, vital and somehow hopeful for survivors and society both.” –Washington Post bestselling author Kelly Harms

“A harrowing, necessary, and beautiful book.” -Kelly J. Baker, award-winning author of Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia

“Refreshingly honest.” –Booktrib Magazine

“In Pryal’s work we see hope: For a kinder, more just, more capacious understanding of what it means to be human, to pursue knowledge, and to educate.” -Catherine J. Prendergast, author of Buying into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist World

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The Hollywood Lights Series

In Hollywood, nothing is as it seems…

Follow the lives of a tight-knit group of twenty-somethings as they navigate the glitter, and the danger, of Los Angeles in these highly-praised novels.

As they fight their personal demons, Greta, Daphne, Miranda, and Charlie find love along the way. This series of standalone, romantic women’s fiction is full of suspense, family drama, deep friendship ties, and happily ever afters. With the IPPY-Gold-winning TAKE YOUR CHARMING SOMEWHERE ELSE (2021), the series is now complete.

Like all of Pryal’s writing, the series centers mental health issues—in addition to romance, star-crossed lovers, sexy woodworkers, and movie stars.

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Praise for the Hollywood Lights Series

“As glamorous and mercurial as Hollywood itself, CHASING CHAOS is a novel that glitters.” -BOOKTRIB Magazine

“A gut-wrenching journey through darkness to redemption, one that proves that love, and family, can conquer anything. TAKE YOUR CHARMING SOMEWHERE ELSE is her best yet. Do not miss this emotional tour-de-force—or anything Pryal writes.” -WASHINGTON POST bestselling author Kelly Harms

“Equal parts heartbreaking and heartening, ENTANGLEMENT shines a light on the interior lives of two flawed and fascinating women.” -Camille Pagán, bestselling author of I’M FINE AND NEITHER ARE YOU

“Modern, fresh, and entirely credible, FALLOUT GIRL is a love story wrapped inside a heart-rending struggle for personal freedom.” -WASHINGTON POST best-selling author Sonja Yoerg

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Books on Law and Writing

As an attorney and professor of law and creative writing, I find joy in passing my knowledge on to others.

The Complete Series for Legal Writers

The Complete Series for Legal Writers is a series of legal writing handbooks for students and practitioners written and edited by Professors Alexa Z. Chew and Katie Rose Guest Pryal of UNC School of Law. The series emphasizes a systematic and transferable approach to legal writing, which includes the genre discovery approach, citation literacy, and giving feedback. Readers can easily apply these skills to a variety of unpredictable situations. To be complete does not mean to list every possible scenario, but rather to prepare readers to encounter them.

The Core Grammar Series

Core Grammar for Lawyers (CGL 5th ed. 2023) is an online, self-directed learning tool designed to help law students, pre-law students, paralegal professionals, and practicing attorneys acquire the grammar and punctuation skills that are prerequisites to successful legal writing. It is one of the most widely adopted law school texts.

Core Grammar for College (CGC 2nd ed. 2020) teaches students the grammar that their new reading audience expects to see and is able to understand. Over 90% of students who have used CGC tell us that it is “helpful” or “very helpful” to them.

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