Burying Ben is my first novel. It's fiction, of course, inspired by the stories and secrets I've heard during my thirty years as a police psychologist.
Writing fiction is a new skill for me. I used to think that making things up would be easier than writing non-fiction. What a delusion! Creating a story that captures the reader's attention from page one is a tricky business. Pity my poor protagonist, Dot Meyerhoff, a beleagured police psychologist whose very first client, a rookie named Ben Gomez, kills himself and leaves a note blaming her. Her reputation is ruined, her job is in jeopardy, Ben's surviving family - who are dysfunctional beyond belief - sues her, and she's about to lose her license to practice. By the time she uncovers the real reasons behind Ben's suicide and brings the people responsible to justice, she, like me, acquires some unanticipated new skills; impersonating a public official, burglary, domestic violence, and assault with a deadly weapon.
What do I do when I'm not writing mysteries? Write some more. In November, my new non-fiction book, Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know, will be available. You can write to me and/or click the "On the Couch" tab to read more about my psychology practice.