Posts Tagged: mental health

Sep 22
Book Review: Tanya J Peterson’s My Life in a Nutshell

Book Review: Tanya J Peterson’s My Life in a Nutshell

Last May, I read and reviewed Tanya J. Peterson’s Leave of Absence and it became one of my favorite reads of 2013. When Peterson asked if I’d review My Life in a Nutshell, I couldn’t say no because she has a talent for writing characters struggling with a mental illness and making the reader understand their inner turmoil. We have good character development. Our main character is Brian Cunningham, a brilliant man who is a school janitor and suffers from anxiety. You’ll easily come to love him and your heart breaks when he’s put in certain situations he has no interest in. Then we have an adorable girl named Abigail Harris who unfortunately hasn’t had the best life. She suffers from abandonment issues and easily attaches to herself people and… Read more »

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Sep 02
Guest Post: My Characters Put Me Through the Emotional Wringer by Tanya J Peterson

Guest Post: My Characters Put Me Through the Emotional Wringer by Tanya J Peterson

I’m thrilled to welcome Tanya back to Lit, etc.! As some of you may recall, I adored Leave of Absence and when Tanya asked if I’d participate in the blog tour for her new release, I couldn’t say no. I asked Tanya about writing difficult topics and if your interested, you can read her previous guest post, in which she discusses writing about mental illness. My Characters Put Me Through the Emotional Wringer I absolutely love creating and writing stories. The best part is making characters. From the moment they take shape, they become part of me, and I spend as much time with them as I do with my family. Okay, probably more so. I’d ask that people refrain from telling my husband and children about this, but they… Read more »

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May 26
Guest Post: Novel With a Mission by Tanya J Peterson

Guest Post: Novel With a Mission by Tanya J Peterson

I’m really honored to have Tanya J. Peterson guest blogging today! She’s talking about Leave of Absence and what inspired her to write a novel about mental illness. I reviewed it here and I really hope Tanya’s guest post inspires you to check out Leave of Absence and hopefully read it. Novel with a Mission Jessica, I’d like to express to you and your readers how very pleased I am with your review. My happiness, though, is perhaps for a different reason than what people might assume. Of course, we all create things (writing, paintings or drawings, elaborate meals or desserts, craft items, quilts, clothing, etc.), and as human beings, we do want others to like our stuff. I do, too, of course, but I do realize that there are… Read more »

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May 22
Blog Tour: Review-Tanya J. Peterson’s Leave of Absence

Blog Tour: Review-Tanya J. Peterson’s Leave of Absence

What is normal? That’s one of the questions Tanya J. Peterson has us asking while we read Leave of Absence. It’s an engaging, heartbreaking read and if you only read one book this year, it HAS to be Leave of Absence. You won’t regret it and you’ll see the world a little differently. Peterson has done a phenomenal job writing about a taboo subject. In a world filled with science and understanding, you’d think we’d be more open to talking about mental health, but we shy away from it. Oliver Graham lost his wife and son in a terrible accident and blames himself for their deaths. Wanting to numb the terrible pain he attempts to commit suicide, but when his attempt is thwarted he’s taken to Airheaven Behavioral Center. There… Read more »

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