Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011, 9:14 am
It's Creative Writing 101: write what you know.
That's exactly what Noam Shpancer, a clinical psychologist and Otterbein University professor, did when he penned his first-ever novel, The Good Psychologist.
And he's hearing about it.
"Publisher's Weekly" described the book, which was released in the U.S. in August 2010 (it was published in Hebrew the summer before in Israel), as an "intelligent and suspenseful debut."
Jonathan Kellerman, psychologist and bestselling author of the Alex Delaware series, said, "Noam Shpancer portrays the oft-hidden world of psychotherapy with unparalleled authenticity, compassion and wit... An astonishing debut."
The story follows the title character, a solitary man, whose treatment of an exotic dancer suffering from crippling anxiety threatens the balance in an unresolved relationship with a married former colleague with whom he has a child he's never met.