Events & Interviews

I’m very happy to have opportunities to chat about mental health topics and my novels, My Life in a Nutshell, Leave of Absence, and Losing Elizabeth. It’s through conversation and discussions that ideas are shared and awareness and understanding are increased.  I’m very grateful to the below programs and hosts for inviting me to their radio shows, bookstores, libraries, conferences, and groups and for engaging in discussions about mental illness and also my novels.  For the interviews, I invite you to follow the links to listen to the discussions, and for the events, I invite you to attend if you are in the area.



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 their online radio show. 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.


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.

The Anxiety Guru, Paul Dooley, and I discussed social anxiety and the power of human connection on The Anxiety Guru Show. Further, 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.

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.  Follow the link to the interview, which begins approximately 15 minutes into the show.

Interview with Dr. Chris Gorman


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’,” was posted on on April 18.

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





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




Lane County Fair

Lane County Fair, a county fair with great variety; I’ll be 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





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

Saturday, August 17, 2013




AveraPresentation at Avera Behavioral Health Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

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




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




NAMI Walk 2013

I participated in the Portland NAMI Walk on May 19, 2013. My daughter and I joined our local team to help increase awareness of mental illness and the number of people it impacts.

Again in May, 2014, I joined a team to participate in the annual walk to increase awareness.






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