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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

Tanya J. Peterson’s books on Goodreads

Leave of Absence
Leave of Absence

reviews: 28

ratings: 69 (avg rating 4.06)


My Life in a Nutshell
My Life in a Nutshell

reviews: 34

ratings: 51 (avg rating 4.37)


Losing Elizabeth
Losing Elizabeth

reviews: 14

ratings: 27 (avg rating 3.63)


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 other articles that appear on the HealthyPlace website.




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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