Chris Akin, author of LITTLE VICTORIES: A TALE OF DIVORCE, DEBAUCHERY AND FINDING HAPPINESS, will donate 25 percent of proceeds from the sale of his newly-released memoir to Common Ground, a crisis hotline that provides the majority of its services free of charge.
“LITTLE VICTORIES is not only the tale of my bad year and the struggle I had to go through to get through it,” he explained. “In very large part, it also tells the story about how I had such a great circle of core friends, who I call the ‘Core 9.’ These friends were there for me at every step of the process. When looking for a charity, I chose Common Ground because I simply realize that everyone does not have that luxury of a close circle of people to talk to.”
Common Ground provides a lifeline for individuals and families in crisis, victims of crime, persons with mental illness, people trying to cope with critical situations and runaway and homeless youths. Helping people in need for more than 40 years, Common Ground serves more than 50,000 individuals per year. 93 percent of every dollar received goes to direct service
“I am happy to help in some very small way to give back to an organization that provides the kind of service I so desperately needed when I was in the middle of my breakdown,” Akin said. “Common Ground offers a number of services for people going through depression. They offer 24/7 phone support, but also offer online chatting and even text support for people going through emotional struggles and depression.”
LITTLE VICTORIES, Akin’s first book, is a raw, emotional look at a year that saw not only a shattering divorce, but a rebirth of a person who had spent his whole life raging against everyone. It profiles the victories as well as the defeats, from a near-suicidal depression to a final transformation into a stronger, healthier, and happier person.
For over 20 years, Akin has been a larger and louder than life character in the Cleveland media. He currently hosts the Classic Metal Show, a no-holds-barred internet program that airs every Saturday from 9 p.m.-3 a.m.
LITTLE VICTORIES is available in paperback and digital editions from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Read Chris Akin’s in-depth interview in this week’s Cleveland Scene at http://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/anger-is-a-gift-local-rock-writer-chris-akin-channels-his-rage-into-a-memoir/Content?oid=3781479.