Pattie Mallette

Mallette will discuss the teen edition of her book Friday, July 12, in South Florida. (Pattie Mallette/Courtesy / July 11, 2013)

Pattie Mallette has experienced serious ups and furious downs. She overcame depression, and once attempted suicide. As a single mother, she also raised a son who became one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She recounts all this in her book "Nowhere but Up: The Story of Justin Bieber's Mom."

Mallette, who will appear Friday at Barnes and Noble in Fort Lauderdale and Books and Books in Coral Gables, has just released a new edition of the book, this one targeted to teenagers. We spoke with the author via phone earlier this week.

What inspired you to release a teen edition of your book?

With over 2 million Twitter followers calling me "mom," I felt a responsibility to speak to them. I've been sharing my story for years, even before Justin started his career. I wanted them to relate. I have a lot of teenagers who come up to me every day, whether in airports and malls or on Twitter, and they're asking me questions and sharing their stories with me.


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What's your advice to someone who may feel suicidal?

In the teen edition of the book, there are a lot of numbers for hotlines and places to reach out. One of the biggest things I advocate for is counseling and sharing your story, and to not keep everything bottled up. Counseling was, and still is, a huge part of my life. I haven't completely arrived, I don't think any of us have, but I am so much more whole and healed in a way that I never thought I would get to this place.

What helped you get through your sadness while your were raising Justin as a single mom?

When I ended up in the hospital for trying to commit suicide, I was feeling hopelessness, depression and anxiety, and I cried out and said, "God, you need to show up and show me what you have planned, because I'm not doing such a good job at this thing called life." Then, I had this encounter that changed the course of my life. Faith started playing a big part around the age of 17.

What would you tell other single moms?

Raising a child as a single mom was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I just want to encourage other single moms not to give up. That it's worth it. Find support groups. I lived at a crisis-pregnancy center when I was pregnant, and I don't know where I'd be today if it wasn't for them.

Do you ever look at Justin's career and think you're dreaming?

Every once in a while, it's a little surreal to walk in the grocery store and see a picture of your child on a magazine cover. But at the end of the day, he's still my son. I changed his diapers. He's not a public figure to me. That's the only way I can look at it.

Pattie Mallette will appear noon Friday at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., in Coral Gables (305-442-4408), and at 3 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 2051 N. Federal Highway., in Fort Lauderdale (954-561-3732). Admission is free to both events.