Author Stories Podcast Episode 739 | Janice Morgan Interview

Today’s author interview guest is Janice Morgan, author of Suspended Sentence: A Memoir.

When Janice Morgan, a divorced college professor living in a small town in Kentucky, learns that her son has been arrested for possession of a stolen firearm and drug charges, she feels like she’s living a nightmare. Dylan’s turbulent period as a college student in Cincinnati before this should have warned her, but it’s only now that she realizes how far he has drifted into substance abuse and addiction. As Dylan passes through the judicial system and eventually receives a diversion to drug court, Morgan breathes a sigh of relief―only to find that she, too, has been sentenced right along with him. In the months to follow, she leads a double life: part of it on campus, the rest embarking upon what she calls “rescue missions” to help Dylan stay in the program. But resilience, dark humor, and extreme parenting can only carry you so far. Eventually, Morgan discovers that she needs to gain a deeper understanding of the bipolar and addiction issues her son is dealing with. Will each of them be able to learn fast enough to face these complexities in their lives? Clearly, Dylan isn’t the only one who has recovery work to do.

Janice Morgan formerly taught courses in language, literature, and cultural history as a college teacher in rural Kentucky. During that career, she wrote about social issues in French cinema, publishing in The French Review, Cinema Journal, and the Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Based on her family’s experiences, she now advocates for better mental health awareness, substance abuse recovery, and criminal justice reform.

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