Kathy Brandt is the co-author with her son Max of Walks on the Margins: A Story of Bipolar Illness (April, 2013).  She taught writing at the University of Colorado for ten years and has published articles about parenting and ocean ecology in scores of national magazines.  After Max was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she became active in mental health issues.  She was on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Colorado Springs (NAMI-CS) for six years, and served as President.  In 2012 she received the NAMI  National Award for her outstanding service to the organization.  She is currently the NAMI-CS liaison to the Mental Health Court in Colorado Springs. Kathy also writes the Hannah Sampson Underwater Investigation Series.  Kathy has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Rhetoric. She lives in the mountains of Colorado.