Events & Interviews

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CSI induction speech 2I’m very happy to have opportunities to chat about mental health topics, my books, and my other writing. I’m grateful to the below programs and hosts for inviting me to their radio shows, bookstores, libraries, conferences, and groups, for it’s through conversation and discussions that awareness, understanding, and empathy increase.









Events: Presentations, Speaking Engagements, Interviews, Etc. (most recent listed first)


Interview about brain injury, anxiety, and mental health with Gabe Howard

Date & Time: Thursday, March 15th, 12:00 PM PT

Location: Facebook Live




Interview with Brett Francis: New Year of Celebrating Mental Health

Date & Time: January 1, original air date

Location: Not Broken Radio (episode 78)





Interview about Anxiety with Emily Roberts, Guidance Girl Em

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 CT

Location: Facebook Live; YouTube





Author Event

Date & Time: Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 7:00-9:00

Location: ddr books in Watertown, SD





Author Q&A, Reading, and Signing (Twenty-Four Shadows)

Date & Time: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 4:00-6:00

Location: Barnes & Noble in Bend, OR





Wellbeing & Words: The Mental Health Book Club Meeting

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 6:30-7:30 pm

Location: NAMI Lane County Resource Center, 2411 MLK, Jr. Blvd #209, Eugene, OR




Triumph Anyway! For Mental Health Awareness Month, tips for thriving despite problems (using Break Free: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in 3 Steps)

Date & Time: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 2:00-3:30.

Location: Eugene Public Library Downtown Branch, Eugene, OR




Local (Lane County, OR) Fiction Author Event. Discussions, readings, and signings (Twenty-Four Shadows)

Date & Time: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 2:00-4:00

Location: Barnes & Noble in Eugene, OR




NAMI Lane County Community Forum: Mental Health Services for Lane County Youth (I discussed my program Find Yourself. Keep Yourself.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 27, 2017, 6:30-8:30

Location: Lane County Behavioral Health building, 2411 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Eugene, OR




Teen Program: Find Yourself. Keep Yourself. A discussion about toxic relationships and the book Losing Elizabeth.

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 2:00-4:00.

Location: Eugene Public Library Downtown Branch, Eugene, OR




Guest speaker in a high school Courageous Conversations class. Topic: Mental Illness, Stigma, Terminology

Date: March 22, 2017

Location: Winston Churchill High School, Eugene, OR




Mental Health presentations to high school health classes

Dates: March 20 & 21, 2017

Location: Springfield High School, Springfield, OR





Presenter at the Brain Injury Association of Oregon Annual Conference (My presentation =  Triumph Over TBI: Turning Loss into Opportunity)

Date & Time: Friday, March 10, 4:00 (BIAOR conference occurred from Thursday, March 9 – Saturday, March 11)

Location: Sheraton Airport Hotel, Portland, OR



Local (Lane County, OR) Nonfiction Author Event. Discussions, readings, and signings (Break Free: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy in 3 Steps)

Date & Time: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 2:00-4:00

Location: Barnes & Noble in Eugene, OR




NAMI Lane County Community Forum: Alternative Approaches to Mental Health (I discussed acceptance & commitment therapy)

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:30-8:00

Location: Lane County Behavioral Health building, 2411 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Eugene, OR



Local (Lane County, OR) Fiction Author Event. Discussions (including my novel Twenty-Four Shadows and the movie Split, both about DID, readings, and signings

Date & Time: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 2:00-4:00

Location: Barnes & Noble in Eugene, OR



Trimester-long, once-weekly program Find Yourself. Keep Yourself with 9-12 grade students in a PATHS class. We read the YA novel Losing Elizabeth and discussed healthy vs. toxic relationships.

Date: January through March, 2017

Location: Winston Churchill High School, Eugene, OR



I was a guest on WBSD-FM Milwaukee in January to discuss seasonal depression and how to keep going in spite of it.






Guest speaker in Dr. Hande Briddick’s graduate school counseling practicum class

Date: November 29. 2016

Location: South Dakota State University – via Skype




Career presentations to 7th and 8th grade AVID classes

Date: November 18, 2016

Location: Madison Middle School, Eugene, OR




Mental Health presentations to high school health classes

Dates: October 17 & 18, 2016

Location: Springfield High School, Springfield, OR




florence-festival-of-booksFlorence Festival of Books

A book festival featuring 80+ authors and publishers

Location: Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St, Florence OR

Date/Time: September 24, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm



eugene-public-libraryTo Thine Own Self be True: Increase Self-Awareness & Own Your Life

Community presentation for Self-Awareness Month

Location: Eugene Public Library, Downtown Branch

Date/Time:  September 22, 6:00-7:30



Tsunami Books reading

Read Local! 4 Authors…4 Books…1 Party

Book launch reading – Twenty-Four Shadows

Location: Tsunami Books, Eugene, OR

Date/Time: August 25, 6:30-8:30 PM



Art in the Vineyard 2016

An afternoon at a local art and wine fair; a great chance to meet readers and talk about novels and mental health

Date: Monday, July 4, 2016

Location: Alton Baker Park, Eugene, OR




Author luncheon at Indulge

A discussion about mental health and the four novels I’ve written

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016

Location: Indulge!; Springfield, OR




I was a guest on the KQRS-FM Minneapolis/St. Paul morning show on June 7, 2106. The discussion centered on how to create mentally healthy kids throughout summer vacation.





I was a guest on WBSD-FM Milwaukee in June, talking about how to keep kids mentally healthy during the summer months.






I went on a national radio tour in 2016. Lady Selah Sujuris of Storytellers Campfire interviewed me about my novels, my other writing, and mental health. All shows were broadcast multiple times on over 200 radio stations and websites. One show was archived: Mental Health Awarness (May, 2016)





career day

Presentations to and discussions with 5th – 8th grade students about careers in writing

Date: Friday, April 15, 2016

Location: Oaklea Middle School, Junction City, OR




Springfield High School

Mental Health presentations to high school health classes

Dates: Monday, March 7, 2016 – Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Location: Springfield High School, Springfield, OR




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Induction Ceremony into Chi Sigma Iota, the international academic honor society in the field of counseling

I was the keynote speaker and talked about the nature and importance of the counseling profession.

Date: Friday, March 4, 2016

Location: Northwest Christian University, Eugene, OR


Storytellers Campfire’s Lady Selah Sujuris invited me onto their Authors’ Voice show at the end of December, 2015 and beginning of January, 2016. We discussed Losing Elizabeth, Leave of Absence, and My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel. We chatted about the characters and the mental-health-related stories and themes of the novels. Also, I officially announced the upcoming release of Twenty-Four Shadows.



NAMI LC Holiday Dinner FlyerHoliday Dinner/Fundraiser for NAMI Lane County; I was the featured speaker and spoke on Passion, Purpose, and a Life Worth Living

Date: Monday, December 7th, 2015

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: The Hilton, Eugene, OR



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Lane Library League Authors and Artists Fair fundraising event

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: Lane County Events Center, Eugene, OR




The Healing Matrix


Presentation: You are more than your mental health challenges

Date: Monday, October 19, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: The Healing Matrix, Cottage Grove, Oregon



I discussed Leave of Absence and the humanity behind mental illness with Donna Seebo on September 14, 2015. It was a pleasure to be interviewed on The Donna Seebo show.





After honoring Losing Elizabeth with their highest honor, the Marble Book Award for having written a “book that makes a difference in the world,” Storytellers Campfire host Charlie Checkers interviewed me on her online radio show in May, 2015. The discussion included a talk on abusive and toxic relationships as well as why so many people are saying that Losing Elizabeth needs to be required reading in schools.




Presentation to a creative writing class

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Time:  11:15-12:25

Location: Winston Churchill High School, Eugene, OR





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Book club discussion, My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel

Date: April 14, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Eugene, OR




On Wednesday, October 15, 2014 I had the honor of being a guest on Storytellers Campfire. Host Lady Selah SuJuris and I engaged in a cozy chat around her virtual campfire and discussed My Life in a Nutshell.

Previously, I was invited to Storytellers Campfire to chat with Lady Selah SuJuris about my YA novel Losing Elizabeth and abusive relationships in which too many teens become trapped.



Lane County Fair

Lane County Fair, a county fair with great variety; I was with Oregon Authors signing books

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 3:00

Location: Lane Events Center, 796 W. 13th Ave, Eugene, OR



art in the vineyard

Art in the Vineyard festival for art, literature, and wine — author appearance and book signing

Date:  Sunday, July 6, 2014

Time:  11:30 – 3:30

Location:  Alton Baker Park, 200 Day Island Rd, Eugene, OR



The Anxiety Guru–Paul Butler–and I discussed social anxiety and the power of human connection on The Anxiety Guru Show.

Read Paul’s post that accompanies the interview, entitled Surprise! When Anxious, Being Alone is A Horrible Idea. Here’s What to do Instead.





Angela Levesque and I discussed mental wellness, healing, and My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel on the show On Health and Healing Radio  Thursday, August 28, 2014.





Randi Fine invited me to be a guest on her radio show A Fine time for Healing in August, 2014 to discuss mental health, wellness, healing, and My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel.





wordstock image Wordstock Book Festival — author appearance and book signing

Date:  Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Time:  11:00 AM

Location:  Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd in Portland, OR



fern ridge libraryPresentation and Reading — Increasing Understanding, Destroying Stereotypes:  Fiction as a Vehicle for  Conveying Human Truths

Location:  Fern Ridge Library

88026 Territorial Rd, Veneta, OR

Date and Time:  Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:00 PM


siuslaw public libraryPresentation and Reading — Increasing Understanding, Destroying Stereotypes:  Fiction as a Vehicle for  Conveying Human Truths

Location:  Siuslaw Public Library

1460 9th St, Florence, OR

Date and Time:   Friday, October 11th, 2013 1:00 PM



BloomsburyBooksPresentation and Reading — Increasing Understanding, Destroying Stereotypes:  Fiction as a Vehicle for  Conveying Human Truths

Location:  Bloomsbury Books

290 E. Main Street, Ashland, OR

Date and Time:  Tuesday, October 21, 2013  7:00 PM



M.I.S.S.Presentation on the impact of solitary confinement on mental illness

M.I.S.S. National Conference

San Diego Convention Center:  111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA

Saturday, August 17, 2013


AveraPresentation about perspectives on inpatient care to doctors & other mental healthcare professionals

Location:  Avera Behavioral Health Center

4400 W. 69th St, Sioux Falls, SD

Date:  Friday, August 9, 2013
more than words bookstoreBook Signing

Location:  More than Words Bookstore

Watertown Mall, Watertown, SD

Date and Time:  Saturday, August 10th, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 pm




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A book club in Lake Oswego, OR invited me to discuss Leave of Absence

Date: July 10, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Lake Oswego Public Library



Dr. Gorman and I discussed, on June 24, 2013,  both mental illness and Leave of Absence on Beautiful Minds Radio.  Beautiful Minds Radio is a station dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental illness.





Presentation and Reading —  Banishing Barriers & Living Life:  Women Prevailing Through Mental Illness

Location:  In Other Words feminist community and bookstore

14 NE Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR 97211

Date and Time:  Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM



Springfield Public Library

Presentation and Reading — Increasing Understanding, Destroying Stereotypes:  Fiction as a Vehicle for  Conveying Human Truths

Location:  Springfield Public Library

225 Fifth Street, Springfield, OR 97477

Date and Time:  Saturday, May 18th at 1:00 PM




On Tuesday, May 21, 2013 I had a conversation with Tony on The Author Show, part of Artist First Radio.  While the interview was live, the recording will remain on the Artist First website.  Here’s a direct link to my interview:

 Authors-First interview with Tony.





Jenee Darden with Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (P.E.E.R.S) interviewed me in April, 2013.  We had fun chatting about mental illness, my personal experience with it, and Leave of Absence.  The interview, entitled “Finding Hope in a Psych Ward:  Tanya J. Peterson on Her Book ‘Leave of Absence’,” is archived here: P.E.E.R.S. Mental Health and Wellness Radio



On April 11, 2013, I talked live with Mr. Dresser about mental illness.  It’s clear that there are many misunderstandings around mental illness and that we need to take action to erase negative stereotypes and stigma.

The Michael Dresser Show




In April, 2013, Danielle interviewed me on The Authors Show.  We discussed Leave of Absence and its characters and themes.

The Authors Show




In April, 2013, Dana from Writers in the Sky talked with me about Leave of Absence, writing, and marketing.

Writers in the Sky podcast






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