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I’m a mental health writer. As a novelist, I write stories about people living with mental health challenges and loving people with mental health challenges. They’re about being human and navigating life. Fiction, with its realistic characters, helps humanize mental illness and increases understanding and empathy.

I applaud Peterson for combining her expertise in the field of mental health with her extraordinary talent for storytelling. The result is a believable character and a novel that is visceral, raw and real that serves to educate as well as to entertain.  — Shawn Verdin, professional counselor and book blogger


HealthyPlace logoYou can also find me on HealthyPlace’s Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog; I’m a regular columnist and have new articles every Thursday. In addition, I write the feature article in the HealthyPlace weekly newsletter, and I’ve written dozens of other articles on various mental health/mental illness topics appear within the HealthyPlace website.



My novels include My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel, Leave of Absence, Losing Elizabethand…
Twenty-four shadows, to be released by Apprentice House Press on May 1, 2016

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Have a minute or two? Check out these short previews of My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel and Leave of Absence. Then scroll down for book club information.

My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel



Leave of Absence


Leave of Absence and My Life in a Nutshell: a Novel are on Book Club Reading List! I talk about the novels and my background on their website. Visit BookClubReading.com, check it out, and even arrange to have me speak with your book club!

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