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.
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. Watch for this novel to be released by Apprentice House Press in 2016.
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.
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 Butler, 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.
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:
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 peersnet.org on April 18.
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.
In April, 2013, Danielle interviewed me on The Authors Show. We discussed Leave of Absence and its characters and themes.
In April, 2013, Dana from Writers in the Sky talked with me about Leave of Absence, writing, and marketing.
Presentations to and discussions with 8th grade students about careers in writing.
Date: Friday, April 15, 2016
Location: Junction City Middle School, Junction City, OR
Mental Health presentations to high school health classes
Dates: Monday, March 7, 2016 – Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Location: Springfield High School, Springfield, OR
Induction Ceremony into Chi Sigma Iota, the international academic honor society in the field of counseling; I’ll give the keynote speech about the nature and importance of the counseling profession.
Date: Friday, March 4, 2016
Location: Northwest Christian University, Eugene, OR
Date: Monday, December 7th, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: The Hilton, Eugene, OR
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
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
Presentation to a creative writing class
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Location: Winston Churchill High School, Eugene, OR
Book club discussion, My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel
Date: April 14, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Eugene, OR
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 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
Date: Saturday, October 5th, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd in Portland, OR
Location: Fern Ridge Library
88026 Territorial Rd, Veneta, OR
Date and Time: Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:00 PM
Location: Siuslaw Public Library
1460 9th St, Florence, OR
Date and Time: Friday, October 11th, 2013 1:00 PM
Location: Bloomsbury Books
290 E. Main Street, Ashland, OR
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 21, 2013 7:00 PM
M.I.S.S. National Conference
San Diego Convention Center: 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Location: Avera Behavioral Health Center
4400 W. 69th St, Sioux Falls, SD
Date: Friday, August 9, 2013
Location: More than Words Bookstore
Watertown Mall, Watertown, SD
Date and Time: Saturday, August 10th, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 pm
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
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
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
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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