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General Information

Name:  Christine Walker  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction



Illinois Connection

Walker holds a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and a B. A. in Political Science from Lake Forest College. She resides in Winnetka.

Biographical and Professional Information

Christine Walker’s son was just four-years-old when he was diagnosed with ADHD, bipolar disorder and autism. In 2004, knowledge of and resources for childhood mental illness were scarce and Christine was thrust into a lonely maze of figuring out which treatments, therapies and medications could help her child. In the decade since his diagnosis, Christine often wished for a manual, a guide that would pass on real mom-to-mom information and tips she needed to sometimes just get through the day and help her family navigate this maze with knowledge, grace, humor and love. To fill the void most families like hers encounter, Walker created ''Chasing Hope'', LLC and wrote a book by the same name. Prior to becoming a parent, Christine’s background was in public policy where she worked with government leaders in Washington, D.C., Illinois, and Ohio. Following an award-winning career with Tiffany & Co. Business Sales, Walker returned to her policy roots once her family’s challenges became apparent. Christine is a dedicated advocate for children’s mental health and works tirelessly to educate policymakers to enhance the lives of families raising children with hidden disabilities. In 2004, Walker published her first book, ''The Smart Mom’s Guide to Staying Home: 65 Simple Ways to Thrive, not Deprive, on One Income'' to show families how to live well for less. Christine and her book were profiled on Fox and Friends, CLTV’s “Your Money,” WGN, the ''New York Times'', ''Parade'', ''Chicago Tribune'', and other publications.

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