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Mental health-themed novel is Eugene author's first

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Leave of Absence is Tanya J. Petersons first novel and deals with mental health issuesAuthor Tanya J. Peterson will be the guest speaker at a LO ‘97 Book Group July 11 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

She will present and lead a discussion on her mental health-themed novel, “Leave of Absence.” The free event will be held in the second floor conference room at the Lake Oswego Public Library and is open to all.

Peterson, a resident of Eugene, is a counselor, teacher and National Indie Excellence Award Finalist.

According to a press release, In “Leave of Absence” she draws upon her counseling background and education as well as her life experience. She has unique expertise on both sides of “the couch,” having experienced firsthand PTSD after a car accident, being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, spending time in a behavior center, while also having earned her master of science in counseling, working as both teacher and counselor in a variety of school settings and becoming a nationally certified counselor who has volunteered her services throughout the community.

The release continues: An emphatic and honest portrayal of human beings stripped to their core and made to redefine reality and themselves, “Leave of Absence” reveals the emotional latticework of those suffering from mental illness, as well as the lives they touch. In this insightful and meaningful novel, Peterson delves deeply into the work of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and schizophrenia, and proves that fiction can act as a powerful vessel for conveying basic human truths.


Linda Franklin, an LO ‘97 member, and an editor at Inkwater Press, publisher of “Leave of Absence,” invited Peterson to present to the group.

“Her book is extremely interesting and I did think our book group would appreciate it,” Franklin said. “Plus we especially enjoy having an author come and meet with us while we discuss his/her book. Tanya is a truly lovely person. She is extremely sincere about helping people and her knowledge and sincerity are so apparent in ‘Leave of Absence.’

Franklin said the LO ‘97 Book Group welcomes new members.

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