Christopher Yates doesn’t think that metal illness should be shrouded in mystery, so he recently published a mystery novel to shed some light on living with obsessive compulsive disorder.
Chemical Corruption: The Chronicles of the OCD Case is Yates first novel. It follows the story of Adam, who has OCD, as he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit and must rely on himself to find the real culprit. He wrote, edited, formatted and self-published the book through Amazon.
His love of mystery movies and television shows combined with his experience living with family members with anxiety-related issues inspired him to write the book. He wants to provide a relatable fictional character for those with OCD and similar issues, and offer an alternative to how characters with mental issues are usually portrayed in the media.
“When you watch a show like Criminal Minds or Mentalist, the person with OCD is portrayed as the most far-fetched, worst case scenario of OCD,” said Yates. “The reality is that 99.9% of people with OCD are just normal people. They’re not like what’s portrayed on those television shows. I think what happens in that instance is people that have OCD are less inclined to seek help or tell their friends and family about it. They keep it a secret, and it’s not a good thing.”
Yates said that while the novel’s main character Adam has OCD, it doesn’t define him. He said that the mystery Adam gets caught up in is at the forefront of the novel. He hopes that through Adam’s actions and how he works to solve the mystery will give readers a new perspective on OCD and similar disorders.
As the owner of Quality Marine Service in Atlantic Beach, writing didn’t come easy to him. He said a majority of his writing process was research. While he could solve a mystery minutes into a movie or television show, he had to read about the process a case goes through in law enforcement and the role of doctors and lawyers to create a believable plot.
The novel personally inspired him to continue writing. He’s already sent two screenplays — both unrelated to the nove — to a couple of screenplay contests. He said that he should hear back on his outcome in the contests in a couple of months.