Laurie Beth Finkelstein lives far enough north from Los Angeles to enjoy a slightly slower pace, but not far enough away to escape the traffic. Laurie shares her life with a husband, two grown sons, and two cats, thankfully not all living in the same house.
Her debut novel, Next Therapist Please, while fictional mirrors many aspects of her life. Most important, living with depression, anxiety and OCD has presented challenges as well as occasional comic relief in Laurie’s life.
Laurie would like to smash the stigma of mental illness one laugh at a time.
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.