"SOON TO BE RELEASED: A BOOK WHOSE CHARACTER IS AFRAID OF COMING INTO THE WORLD." Tanya J Peterson, author of Leave of Absence reveals more about her new book, My Life in a Nutshell.
In less than two weeks—June 1, 2014, to be exact—my newest novel will be released into the world. It’s an exciting time, and it’s a nerve-wracking one, too. As anxious as I am about it, Brian Cunningham is even more so.
My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel is Brian’s story. Brian is fictitious, but he represents the millions and millions of people worldwide who live with various anxiety disorders. Brian worries about almost everything (generalized anxiety disorder), including what other people think of him (social anxiety disorder). His social phobia is so extreme that he avoids almost all human interaction. No wonder he’s nervous about meeting the world!
My Life in a Nutshell is the story of two people who don’t quite know how to live in the world—the man, Brian, because of debilitating anxiety, the young girl, Abigail, because of instability and abuse—and their journey to learn from each other.
Brain has met a little bit of the world already, actually. For the last eight weeks, My Life in a Nutshell has been in the advance reading stage and has been out for professional reviews. Brian is modest so would never want to bombard anyone with too many comments at once, but I talked him into allowing me to share a few here and there. Here is a sampling of what a few of the early reviewers are saying:
· My Life in a Nutshell is riveting, gripping, and quite exceptional as it takes us on an extra-ordinarily emotional journey. Quite a remarkable read! —Ije Kanu, Literary Fiction Editor, BellaOnline.com
· Peterson's writing is sensitive and engaging. As readers become invested in the outcome of her memorable characters, hopefully the ultimate triumph will be in helping to lessen the stigma that often surrounds such psychological disorders. Written from a very clear and well-informed perspective, Peterson should be lauded for navigating the field of mental illness and presenting important relative issues in an affable fiction manner. It is a truly fine work that entertains, as well as informs. —Carol Davala with the US Review of Books; RECOMMENDED by the USR
· In her latest effort, she plays to her strengths…constructing complex psychological portraits and realistic plotlines. In doing so, she accurately captures the crushing sensations of anxiety disorder[s] while simultaneously offering rays of hope. A vital tool for sufferers and their families that broadens understanding of a debilitating illness. —Kirkus Reviews
Brian may be worried sick to meet you, but he’s also ready to share his story.