Since posting the Prelude, the If There Be Thorns fans came out of the woodwork. I'm so pleased, but also slightly relieved, because I found myself saying uncharacteristically positive things about this book and I was afraid people would think the Andrews estate had sent me a nasty letter or something. I legitimately try to laud the positive aspects of the books when I stumble across them, but Petals was a long, hard slog for me and by the time I reached that fuck-you-I-ain't-gotta-explain-shit ending, I'd pretty much given up on redemption.
Probably a much bigger issue is that the word "crazy" as applied to mental illness gets bantered around very casually. There is nothing like labeling a character generic "crazy" to make me start analyzing. While I do have some background in psychology, I am not qualified or licensed to make diagnoses, even for fictional characters. If I make a giant mistake with the psych stuff, please call me out on it.