Monday, May 27, 2013

Leave of Absence Blog Tour- Author Spotlight: Tanya J. Peterson

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Tanya J. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, Master of Science in counseling, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor.  She has been a teacher and a counselor in various settings, including a traditional high school and an alternative school for homeless and runaway adolescents, and she has volunteered her services in both schools and communities.  She draws on her life experience as well as her education to write stories about the emotional aspect of the human condition.  She has published Losing Elizabeth, a young adult novel about an abusive relationship, Challenge!, a short story about a person who finds the confidence to overcome criticism and achieve a goal, and a book review of Linley and Joseph’s Positive Therapy: A Meta-Theory for Positive Psychological Practice that appeared inCounseling Today, the national publication of the American Counseling Association.

That was the official, formal info.  Here’s some additional stuff for a more personal touch:
I am passionate about issues that involve mental health and wellness for all people, so I write novels with themes involving the human experience of mental illness. I have a mental health blog on this site, and I participate in events both off- and online to increase awareness and understanding and to end stigma.  Why am I so passionate about such issues?  Probably because I have a unique combination of experiences that have put me on both sides of the proverbial couch.  I’ve worked and volunteered my services in order to help people help themselves.  And I’ve been the recipient of help as a patient.  After sustaining a traumatic brain injury after a car accident (and a couple other concussions in the months/years following that accident due to acts of stupidity and clumsiness), I was on an intense roller coaster ride that had me in and out of a behavioral health hospital and ending with a diagnosis of bipolar I disorder and various anxiety disorders.  I’ve been there — on both sides, helper and helpee.  So armed with a desire to help people, to teach about the realities of mental health, and a love of writing, I’ve set out to combine these things.
I’m married and have two children, a daughter in high school and a son who’s almost done with elementary school.  We live in the Pacific Northwest.  I love the outdoors — hiking, biking, tent camping, kayaking, and show shoeing.  I often drag my family along on these adventures, but sometimes I enjoy quiet solitude.  I also like attending symphony performances.  Especially, though, I like quiet evenings at home with my family.

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Schedule of Leave of Absence Virtual Blog Tour Note: the information found in this post is taken from Tanya's Website @
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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.