Shari Brady Author
life, translated

In addition to writing books, I’m a licensed clinical therapist focusing on addictions, eating disorders, and adolescent issues. When I was an adolescent, I suffered from anorexia. My new nonfiction book, It’s Not What You’re Eating, It’s What’s Eating You, was inspired by my own life experience and draws from my clinical training. I know both sides of the coin—the suffering and the path to recovery.

My fiction debut, Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye, is a story about love and loss, and covers the topics of addiction and co-dependency.

When I’m not writing books, I’m busy counseling clients and investigating new mindfulness practices. Outside the office, you might find me building Legos or binge-watch sitcom reruns on Netflix. I’m a native Chicagoan and live with my two awesome teenagers and our shelter dog, Betty Queen Elizabeth.

I always love to hear from my readers, so feel free to email me.

The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.”

— Julie Cameron

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago IL 
Master of Arts, Counseling. Concentration: Addictions

Loyola University, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Arts Degree. Major: Business Administration/Marketing. Minor: Psychology.

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
Certificate in Creative Writing

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

A: When I was twelve, I read Judy Blume’s book Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret. It was then that I knew I wanted to write books to help people navigate life’s biggest challenges.

Q: What is it like to be a therapist and a writer?

I love being a therapist and a writer, but sometimes juggling two careers can be super busy, and I have to give up spending time with family and friends in order to get everything done. When things get stressful, I practice gratitude, and this helps me remember how lucky I am to have not one, but two livelihoods!

Q: How do you figure out what you want to write about?

My fiction book took a several re-writes for me to get to the heart of what I wanted to say. My non-fiction book I’ve wanted to write ever since I recovered from my eating disorder, in order to help other people suffering from an eating disorder.

Affiliates coming soon!