Kerry Fisher & Pat Sowa


Kerry Fisher is an internationally bestselling author of seven novels including The Silent Wife and The Woman I Was Before.

She has sold over a million books worldwide. Take My Hand – cowritten with her lifelong friend, Pat, about both of their sons’ struggles with life-threatening illnesses – is an extension of her honest and forthright storytelling. She has now adjusted her favourite quotation from her writing teacher: ‘This is fiction, we can skip the boring bits’ to ‘This is real life, let’s celebrate the boring bits.’

Pat Sowa is on a survivor’s mission to change the way we think about, treat and respond to mental illness, both as professionals and in our home lives.

Pat campaigns for everyone to be taught the skills to spot mental distress. She is an inspirational keynote speaker and has addressed over 2000 leaders in education since 2018 as a way of honouring her love for Dom, her son who died from mental illness at the age of seventeen. She is a pastoral consultant in schools and a brilliant Mental Health First Aid Trainer – just one of the many examples of the work she does to get people talking about suicide so we can keep our loved ones safe. ‘In memory of my son, Dom, and as a human, I want to make a difference – make the world a kinder place to live.’ Take My Hand, a best-selling memoir she co-wrote with Kerry Fisher, is her first published work.