The last three years have been a tumultuous ride of highs and lows, of joy and pain, and of unrequited love.

In April of 2017, I had a massive mental breakdown. After years of struggling with undiagnosed illness, I finally took the steps to save myself, and entered into three months of intensive therapy.

In the midst of all this emerged my discovery that I was a gay woman.

This book is a bleeding out of my heart. A tragic, comedic, slightly exaggerated tale of my weird and wonderful life. My wonderful editor is Sylvie LaFontaine. My wonderful designer is Shania Sinna

I have dedicated my life to helping LGBT kids feel supported. A portion of the proceeds earned for Open Veins will be donated to RECLAIM, a Minnesota-based mental health advocacy campaign for queer and trans youth. 

Thank you so much for your support, and always know that you’re not alone.

K.N. Clem