About J.E. Skye

James Edgar Skye is a native of Salinas, California. He was diagnosed with Bipolar One disorder in 2007, and his journey with this disease heavily influences his writing. His love for writing and his experience with Bipolar one helped create the moniker and his brand “The Bipolar Writer.”

J.E. considers himself a young adult/adult fiction novelist but he also writes screenplays and non-fiction. He writes within the romance/drama genres in his novels and screenplays. J.E. has written a screenplay entitled Memory of Shane and is working on a book of the same name.

J.E. graduated summa cum laude in 2018 from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing with a specialization in fiction (minoring in journalism, screenwriting, and political science). In his spare time, when he is not writing fiction, J.E. likes writes small blog articles that chronicle his issues relating to his mental illness like anxiety, depression, insomnia, and suicide. He plans on combining these articles and is writing a memoir on his experiences entitled The Bipolar Writer, the first draft was finished in Spring 2018, with the hope of completion for publication in the Fall/Winter 2018.

J.E. is a coffee addict and spends most of his time in coffee shops writing. He also loves Japanese culture including anime, foods like sushi/sashimi, and he loves Korean pop.  In his spare time, he plays role-playing video games to cope with his depression. Music is a significant part of how J.E. deals with depression and anxiety. In 2018, J.E. is learning to speak Korean. He also loves to watch sports and actively roots for the Dodgers, Broncos, Lakers, and Alabama football.




Please Help me Publish my Memoir

I am almost done editing my memoir “The Bipolar Writer,” and I have decided to go down the self-publishing route. If you can donate anything towards my goal, it would mean the world to me. I am still working towards enough to pay an artist for a good cover. Those that donate will get a special mention in my memoir on a page dedicated to those that made my memoir possible. Thank you in advance!



82 Replies to “About J.E. Skye”

      1. I was there in 1997 by a lucky chance. (I was 17) It was surreal. Shaped my life a great deal. I wish you to have a great trip there too. Or a stay or whatever you’d prefer. And I recommend going to Ginkakuji temple. The silver one is much better than the golden one. At least it was for me.

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  1. Thank you so much for following The Write Edge Bookshelf! I hope you find the reviews interesting and informative and that maybe you’ll even find a new favorite book during one of your visits. Have a great week!

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  2. Wow – I’m totally impressed with how much followers you got in 3 months! Congratulations!

    Do you mind my asking how you were able to attract such an incredible following in such a short time?
    (I’m being nosy, I mean curious! Okay, I mean nosy!! 😉 I live relatively close to Salinas in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
    I found your blog through the “bipolar memoir” tag and you might have visited my blog at some point. I’m not sure.

    My memoir “Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder” was published last month by Post Hill Press. I respect all writers but especially those like you who have bipolar disorder. I know when the time comes your memoir will be magnificent and a bestseller!

    Hope to hear from you & take care, Dyane

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    1. Hi Dyane,

      It is great to meet another writer who is Bipolar and also someone so close to where I am from!

      To answer your question is not so simple. It is a lot things like always writing back on comments, taking about an hour a day to connect with other blogs along the same topics that I cover in my own writing. I took a class on creating a writers platform and I literary took everything I read from the books and the assignments to build what has become my blog that you see in front of you. I think it has to do with the subject matter. I try my best to connect my experiences with Bipolar One and translate it in relatable posts. I use my blog to write shorter pieces on a subject so I can start to explore a topic, and then write a chapter about it in my memoir.

      I think perseverance is key to my success along with careful planning and good writing. I look forward to exploring your blog as well Dyane.

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      1. I will definitely write back a proper reply (I’m taking my dog Lucy for a walk – she is begging me for one with her adorable brown eyes) but until then, I’m so grateful for this response and for your speediness too!

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      2. p.s. you might get a kick out of reading about my mistakes during the publishing process-I have a feeling you wouldn’t do the silly things I did! 😉

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      3. Thanks, James! My blog transitioned from being primarily about bipolar disorder to my evolution as an author. I hope you might find some posts that are useful, or at the very least entertaining!

        Take care!


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  3. Hi. I just noticed that you saw my story “The Engagement” I usually go and have a look at people who hit the ‘like’ button and then decide if I want to follow them. And I like what I see so far. But please, if you look at any other stories please make a comment. And when I get a handle on what you like I might just tell about things I wrote a while back, if you’d like that. And I guess you’re young and you can guess I’mm old but neither of that matters. It just means you’ve got a lot more time to write great stories.
    And although my blog is paolsoren I am John. He was my great grandfather and because he was long gone he didn’t complain when I stole his name.

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  4. I’ve read a good many of your posts, but until tonight (unable to sleep) I never thought to find out a bit more about you. I’m addicted to coffee! I promise it runs in my veins (ha ha). Now the sushi part — I have to pass on that one. I’m allergic to a lot of seafood stuff.

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  5. Hello James,
    I am totally new to blogging and you are the first person to read my blog post, it actually means a lot to me… and not to mention you have liked it… (You made my day!). Thank You for that…

    I was just a bit curious to know about the first person who has read my blog post “My Struggle – Fighting Anxiety”, I am really inspired just by having read your ‘About’ Page. Looking forward to your posts! It is good to connect with people who deal with the same anxiety problem.

    I am new to writing so thank you for bearing with my article.

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    1. I read your article on anxiety and I have to say it was well written. Even if you are new to writing, you have a very unique style that is perfect for blogging. Just always be your self and people will love what you write. I look forward to more blog posts from you Jan!

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  6. Thanks for following my blog! Your blog on cutting just caught my attention…..been there before, unfortunately…I am curious to read what impact it had on you….thanks for posting on that topic!

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  7. Hello there and thanks for visiting my blog 🙂 I visited Salinas and the Monterey area two years ago on a tour of California with my family. I remember the Steinbeck museum well! Emily

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    1. The area is quite beautiful I think sometimes growing up here I forget how amazingly beautiful this place can be. The mountains, the beautiful forests and the ocean all around

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  8. Oh from what I read we have a lot of things in common! I think I have a new place (blog) to stay on with my coffee. Looking forward to reading your compositions! Good luck on your novels and I hope I’ll be able to watch one of your screenplays someday! Stay strong but it’s okay to rest from time to time. Best of luck! ;

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    1. I appreciate that you have a new place to stay with your coffee (I love coffee!) thank you for all your kind words. I look forward to reading more of your blog as well. Good luck with all the things in your life.


  9. Thank you , James, for the follow. I’m tryng to catch up on a back log. I see from your About page and the trail of comments that you have a strong history and experience with menta health issues. It was my life’s career, working as a community mental health nurse. Retired now. For me it was an honour and a privilege to walk alongside people who were dealing with some of life’s toughest challenges. It sounds like you are doing very well. Good luck to you. I look forward to having a read of what you have to say here.

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  10. James, I’m so glad you stopped by my new blog. I look forward to perusing yours. I applaud you for writing about your experiences with Bipolar. So many of us struggle with various mental illnesses, so when we can put it out there, remove the shame, it’s helps others as well as ourselves. Congrat’s on all your accomplishments! ~ frankie

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  11. Thanks for stopping by The Writing Studio and “liking” my post on chronic illness and the writer. I too have thought of throwing in the towel and giving up on my blog. I have recently put my newsletter on hold for an indeterminate amount of time. The depression I experience is related to my chronic pain condition and is cyclical. Some days are good; some not so good; some bad. Hang in there, and thanks for choosing to follow my site. I’ve done the same with yours.

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  12. Thank you for the follow on my blog! I like to check out my followers’ blogs to see what they’re all about. My best friend is bipolar (Bipolar II) and she’s been frank about her experiences with it pretty much from the beginning. It’s great that you’re writing about your experiences with it as well; the only way to stop mental illness from being a stigma is by talking about it and talking about it often.

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  13. Hello,

    Thanks for the like and follow…I’ll likely follow you back once I find that button. Summa Cum Laude, (congratulations on that accomplishment, that’s not easy to do) coffee, writing, sushi and sashimi…yeah we got a few things in common.

    Bipolar is a tough one from what I have read and I suspect I have some relatives on the spectrum. Dealing with that is an accomplishment as well. I look forward to reading your view on the world.


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    1. Thank you Cherilyn. It was a struggle to graduate top of my class but it feels really amazing accomplishment within my daily dealings with my Bipolar Disorder. I hope you like the content of my blog!

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  14. How could I not support you! Just donated 😉 No pressure! but I truly hope you keep on motivating and inspiring all those lost beautiful souls. Kind regards, Patty


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