Author Tanya J. Peterson’s Contemporary Fiction Novel "My Life in a Nutshell Named" to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2014

Author Tanya J. Peterson is pleased to announce that her contemporary fiction novel, "My Life in a Nutshell" was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014 and also received a coveted “Recommended” rating from The US Review of Books.

Eugene, OR, March 22, 2015 --( From the author of "Leave of Absence" comes another compelling tale of the human psyche. "My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel" is the story of one man's struggles with debilitating anxiety. Brian Cunningham has severely isolated himself, and while lonely, he feels powerless to change his life. Unexpectedly, his safe little world is invaded by one Abigail Harris, a seven-year-old girl who has bounced from foster home to foster home until recent placement with an aunt and uncle she has never known. Unsure if she can trust her new environment, she turns to Brian. Neither quite knows how to live in the world. Can they possibly help each other?

"My Life in a Nutshell" is available in print and ebook formats.

Book Details:
My Life in a Nutshell
By Tanya J. Peterson
Publisher: Inkwater Press
Published: June 2014
ISBN: 978-1629010724
Pages: 380
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Fiction

About The Author:
With credentials as a Nationally Certified Counselor and personal experience with mental health care, novelist and columnist Tanya J. Peterson uses writing to increase understanding of and compassion for people living with mental illness. Her most recent work, "My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel" (Inkwater Press, 2014) was awarded a Kirkus Star, an honor given by Kirkus Reviews “to books of remarkable merit.” Further, Peterson’s "My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel was named" to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014. The novel also received a coveted “Recommended” rating from The US Review of Books. Her novel "Leave of Absence" (Inkwater Press, 2013) was selected as a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. Losing Elizabeth (Createspace, 2012) has been nominated to receive Storytellers Campfire’s Voyager Marble Award for its “contribution to the world.”

Additionally, Tanya J. Peterson is a weekly columnist for’s Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog. She writes articles to help readers understand and overcome difficulties with anxiety disorders. The Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog was dubbed one of the Top Ten Anxiety Blogs of 2014 and awarded a “Best of the Web” designation by renowned psychology and mental health authority

Tanya lives in Oregon with her husband and two children, ages 18 and 13. She sits on the Board of Directors for her local NAMI Affiliate and serves as the secretary. She co-leads a NAMI Connection support group as well as writes articles for the organization’s newsletter and helps manage their Facebook page. She loves the outdoors and enjoys kayaking, hiking, and camping with her kids. The activity that induces a state of flow is one she does often: writing.

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Tanya J. Peterson
Email: tanyajoypeterson (at)
Tanya J. Peterson