Deborah Serani is an award-winning author and psychologist who has been in practice for thirty years. She is also a professor at Adelphi University and is a go-to media expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found in Newsday, Psychology Today, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Associated Press, and affiliate radio programs at CBS and NPR, among others. Dr. Serani has also been a technical advisor for the NBC television show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The recurring character, Judge D. Serani, was named after her.
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Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
“THE NINTH SESSION” is a psychological suspense thriller about a psychologist who takes on a new patient that changes her life. It’s the kind of case that no therapist sees coming - and by the time one realizes what’s going on, they’re in too deep. The inspiration for the story came from my thoughts about which is truly more important: professional ethics or moral truth.
Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?
I’ve been Indie published for almost a decade now. I love the freedom independent publishing offers authors. I feel very supported by my editors – something I didn’t feel when I had an agent and went more traditional publishing in my early author days.
How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?
I knew something vital would happen in the ninth session as I outlined the story, so it was easy to use that hook for the book’s title.
Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?
I’m a psychologist and trained in the Rorschach Inkblots. Since many people identify the inkblots with personality and pathology, I thought having one that was colored in blood would be a perfect image for the “THE NINTH SESSION.”
Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?
The cover art was done by Colbie Myles, a book designer from my publisher TouchPoint Press.
How was your experience working with the designer?
It was wonderful working to create the book’s cover. I so enjoyed it and was so pleased with the final artwork.
What has been the readers’ response to your cover?
Everyone seems to be really moved by it.
What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?
Make sure your cover designer really wants to work WITH you to create a piece of art. I believe a book’s cover is a vital part of relationship with a reader.
Anything else you’d like to say about your book?
Make sure you don’t read the book without a light on or in the dark. It’s scary!
About the Book:
Dr. Alicia Reese, a recent widow and a CODA – a child of Deaf Adults, takes on a new patient. Lucas Ferro reveals the reason for his consultation is that he wasn't really open with his previous therapist. After gaining Reese’s trust, he shares aspects of his life that are clearly disturbing – experiences that create anxiety and panic, but also reveal horrifying psychopathology. Instead of referring Ferro elsewhere, Reese chooses to continue working with him, feeling reinvigorated by the challenge of his case.
As sessions progress, and Ferro’s disclosures become more menacing, Reese finds herself wedged between the cold hard frame of professional ethics and the integrity of personal truth – and learns just how far she’s willing to go, willing to risk and willing to lose to do the right thing.