Today I welcome author Tanya J. Peterson
to my blog for a Q and A. Last week I reviewed Tanya’s book Leave of Absence. I
found it unusual in subject matter and extremely informative. Leave of Absence deals with
mental disorders and imbalances, some temporary and some long-term. I did a bit
of research and the statistics are scary.
|Author Tanya J. Peterson|
- You are a counselor with an education and background in this kind of work. You deal with facts – so what made you turn to fiction to create a story about mental disorders?
- In my view, the ‘collateral damage’ is often forgotten i.e. the effects on family and friends who find it easier to walk away because they can’t cope with a loved one’s disability. How do you feel a fiction story can help them?
Your observation of “collateral damage” suffered by friends and family of someone experiencing mental illness is very astute. The lifestyle and relationship changes to which William has to adjust are very common. In reading about the experiences of fictional characters (as long as the experiences are realistic and accurate), people can experience a sense of connection. Their hardships can be normalized, giving a feeling that they’re not alone. In seeing that the difficulties are common, they can feel a sense of relief that what they are feeling and experiencing is normal rather than a sign that they’re doing something wrong.
did you come up with the two different characters in Oliver and Penelope?
believe you have been on ‘both sides’ of the couch, and have experienced
some of the anguish of stress. Can you tell us how this helped you in
creating your characters?
- What has been the response of readers to Leave of Absence?
- Where do you hope to take this new venture – are there more books in sight?
- Is there anything you’d like readers of my blog and the book to remember/take away with them?
|Leave of Absence|
Here's wishing you a wonderful journey and great success with your fantastic book Tanya. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and insight with us today.
by Fiona Ingram