Teresa Wong's debut book Dear Scarlet is a moving graphic memoir about the author's experience with postpartum depression. Written as a letter to her eldest daughter, Wong offers an honest and tender account of motherhood, family and mental health. Wong is a writer and illustrator from Calgary.
CBC Books named Wong a writer to watch in 2019.
Books by Teresa Wong
"The idea for the memoir began when I was pregnant with my third child. I was going through the first trimester and was unable to sleep at night because I kept flashing back to the time that I had Scarlet. All these images kept flashing back in my mind. Some of them were so vivid that they made me cry. I thought, 'Well, I've got to do something with this. I need to get this story out of my head.' I'd had counseling and treatment for my postpartum depression, but this was the final piece of closure that I needed.
I've got to do something with this. I need to get this story out of my head.- Teresa Wong
"There's one scene where I just had Scarlet and I had a postpartum hemorrhage. A bunch of doctors and nurses ran into the room, but I didn't really see them — all I could see was my husband standing there, holding my baby and looking really scared. That's the image that was burned into my brain. I wanted to, I guess, honour that by drawing it the best that I could."