Three mental health professionals worked closely with me on EVERY LAST WORD. Each one made it a better book.
Dr. Michael Tompkins, Ph.D. specializes in treating OCD, often in teens. He has been an incredible resource to me over the course of writing this novel, from reading early drafts to answering my questions along the way. I learned an great deal from him about OCD and anxiety, treatment options, and the therapist-client relationship.
I am so grateful for Michael’s many ideas and insights, and for these kind words he offered to share about the final story:
“In Every Last Word, novelist Tamara Ireland Stone has written a poignant and engaging story of hope and inspiration for any young person suffering with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a potentially life-altering condition that strikes most people in childhood. With compassion and clarity, the author describes both the condition and the burden teens with OCD experience. Whether young readers suffer from OCD or not, they will find something—and perhaps many things—in this story to engage and entertain them, from the first page to the last. This is a story of transcendence and the power of the human spirit.” — Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.