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Teresa Wong

Teresa Wong is a comic creator from Calgary.
Teresa Wong is a comic creator from Calgary. (Ken Hurd)

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

Why Teresa Wong wrote Dear Scarlet

"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."

Read more in her interview with CBC Books.

Interviews with Teresa Wong

The days and weeks following the birth of a baby can be struggle for new mothers. Not only do they have to heal physically, they have to figure out how take care of a very needy little creature. This is something society expects will come naturally to them. All this can take a toll on a woman's mental health. A new book depicts one woman's experience of postpartum depression. Dear Scarlet is a graphic memoir from writer and illustrator Teresa Wong. 6:24
The days and weeks following the birth of a baby can be struggle for new mothers. Not only do they have to heal physically, but they have to figure out how take care of a very needy little creature. All this can take a toll on a woman's mental health. A new book depicts one woman's experience of postpartum depression. Dear Scarlet is a graphic memoir from Calgary writer and illustrator Teresa Wong. 7:47

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