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Welcome to my author page.  I'm a board-certified psychiatrist, author, and professional speaker.

I write both fiction and non-fiction, including the Barrett Conyors forensic thriller series as well as books on Alzheimer's and Bipolar Disorder.  My newest series is set in Connecticut and features two female sleuths, who fall in love with one another.  The first--VULTURES AT TWILIGHT (Severn House) will be released in 2012.

In addition to books I've written hundreds of articles, columns, and shorts stories for professional and popular magazines, newspapers, and journals.  I've been a regular contributor to the American Medical Association's American Medical News, a consultant to the Reader's Digest Medical Breakthrough series, and my work has appeared in publications ranging from The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) to Writer's Digest Magazine.  I've been twice featured in the New York Times, as well as many other publications.

            

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I've not had the chance to post in a while--very busy with book projects and a variety of professional trainings.  Over the past few months I've been blessed to have two book projects given the green light.  This includes my first Young Adult (YA) novel--HAFFLING(Dreamspinner Press/Harmony Ink), which will be released Fall 2013.  This will be my first outing with a pseudonym--Caleb James.  At some point I'll revisit the hows and whys authors use pen names. 



Today's topic is this--One of the less glamorous jobs of a writer is to be able to condense a book into a variety of synopses, blurbs, jacket copy etc and to do it fast. Faced with my young adult novel Haffling about to shoot down the production conveyer belt I must reduce 330 pages of teen angst into two hundred words or less. Here's my morning's shot at it with help from Elizabeth Fitzgerald and the editorial staff at Dreamspinner. All comments are gratefully appreciated. 

All sixteen year old Alex Nevus wants is to be two years older and become his sister Alice's legal guardian. That, and he'd like his first kiss, preferably with Jerod Haynes. Sadly, wanting something and getting it, are very different. Strapped with a mentally ill mother, he fears for his own sanity--having a fairy on his shoulder that only he can see doesn't help. Jerod Haynes has a girlfriend, and his mother's schizophrenia places Alice and him in constant jeopardy of being carted back into foster care.

When Alex's mother goes missing, everything falls apart. Frantic, he tracks her to a remote corner of Manhattan and is transported to another dimension--the land of the Unsee, the realm of the Fey. There he finds his mother held captive by the power-mad Queen May, and he learns that he is half human and half fey – a Haffling.

As Alex's human world is being destroyed, so too the Unsee is being devoured by a ravenous mist. Fey is vanishing and May needs to cross into the human world. She needs something that only Alex can provide and she will stop at nothing to possess it...to possess him.

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