Laurie Beth Finkelstein is an award-winning author who splits her time between writing, painting, and advocating. Her debut novel, 'Next Therapist Please' while fictional, mirrors many aspects of her life. Living with depression, anxiety, and OCD, has challenged her as well as provided occasional comic relief.
Laurie hopes to help smash the stigma of mental illness one laugh at a time. She champions those with mental illness to break the stigma and donates 10% of the gross sales or her books to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Laurie Finkelstein is the recipient of the Irwin Award for Best Romantic Comedy (2018) and the Pinnacle Achievement Award for Romance (2017).
Laurie shares her life in Southern California with a husband, two grown sons, and two cats, thankfully not all living in the same house.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Living with anxiety, depression and OCD has presented many challenges and also a bit of comic relief. My experiences in dealing with mental illness prompted me to start writing short stories of those experiences and one thing led to another and I felt it important to bring to light and squash some stigmas surrounding mental illness. I believed setting my stories within a fictional rom com was an ideal way to introduce the struggles and open dialogue with all those with similar struggles in a humorous, light-hearted way. For those who do not struggle with mental illness, my book helps introduce the challenges in a way that is friendly and relatable.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I believe being an indie author is the perfect way to get my message out quickly. I took my role as an indie author seriously by hiring professionals to create a reading experience as professional as a traditionally published book. I have total control over the editing, book cover design and publishing timelines not inherent in traditional publishing.
The award winning "Next Therapist Please" is a great summer read that will delight romantic comedy fans and insightful contemporary fiction novels aficionados alike. The freshness and novelty of this book will keep you turning the pages and follow Janie Weiss on her incredible journey to overcoming mental illness and finding love again.