About Our Authors

Ruth White, LMFT,  LMAC

Ruth White has an impressive list of letters behind her name. She has an LMFT, which is a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, an LMAC (Licensed Masters in Addiction Counselling) in the state of Kansas, where she and her husband, Jon, now live, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art. In fact, she created the cover as well as some of the illustrations inside this book. Ruth’s job experience in the field includes working as an individual and group counselor, as an Outpatient and Intake Coordinator, a Family Counselor, and as a Program Director. She has worked in both acute medical detox units and residential programs and has spent thousands of hours working closely with patients and their families, guiding them down this path of hope she lays out so beautifully in The Recovery Workbook.  Media One-Sheet for Ruth White Coming Soon


Annie Coe Toor

Born in England, Annie Coe, from the age of ten, dreamed of living in California. She finally immigrated to Los Angeles in 1965, working in pharmaceuticals and then in the movie industry where her first job was as the assistant to the genius director, Orson Welles. From there, Annie went on to other movie industry positions in story analysis, development, and for eighteen months worked on the production of the hit film, Flashdance. After a tragic loss, she sought grief counseling, which led her into what would become her new passion, a career as a licensed psychotherapist. After spending years obtaining the necessary degrees, credentials, and internship hours, and writing her master’s thesis on the psychological stresses of working in films, she finally opened her private practice in Hollywood, specializing in the entertainment industry. She became well-known as an expert in that field, and gave many radio and television interviews on industry “stress.” In addition, Annie spent a great deal of her time doing volunteer work, including crisis counseling for the Red Cross when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. She married Bruce Toor, an attorney, in 2000. Media One-Sheet for Annie Coe Toor

Gretchen Havens

Gretchen Havens 

Gretchen Havens, a native Southern Californian, lives in Houston and has a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from UCLA. As an advertising writer/producer, she has received national and international awards. She is also a passionate educator. Besides teaching speech to paralegal students, she has taught advertising at Rice University’s School of Continuing Studies, the Women’s Institute of Houston, and in writers’ workshops. Her creative writing has appeared in the Black and White Anthology of Women in the Visual and Literary Arts; on stage at Houston’s Jose Quintero Theatre Lab; and on screen at the Houston Mayor’s Summit on Women, as well as at WorldFest-Houston, where she has twice received a Gold Award for her videos. Lean on You, her debut book, was a winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Mozelle Memoir Contest. Gretchen is married to Sam Havens, Professor Emeritus of Drama at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Media One-Sheet for Gretchen Havens

Harriet Bronson

Harriett Bronson 

Born in Philadelphia, Harriett Bronson went to a local drama school to become an actress and fulfill her dream of going on the New York stage. Instead, she met and married a fellow acting student (now known a Charles Bronson) and followed him to California. After sixteen years of marriage, two children, and a high-profile divorce, Harriett once again found herself looking for a career. She considered getting back into acting, but serendipity intervened and she ended up as a radio talk show host for a total of nine years — first on KABC, and then on KIEV and KGIL One reviewer dubbed her husky “purr” the “best female voice in radio.” In addition to Charlie & Me, Harriett is also the author of two humor books, and for a number of years worked as a personal manager for songwriters and authors. She lives in Los Angeles. Media One-Sheet for Harriett Bronson

new-pr-pix-by-prophoto-may-14-2016-img_4906Sylvia Cary 

Sylvia Cary, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in addiction. She is the author of five published books, the most recent being The Therapist Writer. She has an editorial business, Cary Editorial & Book Consulting (www.sylviacary.com). She gives workshops on writing and book publishing, and coaches authors 1:1 on how to get their books out into the big world. She has written five produced educational videos and dozens of articles which have appeared in national magazines. She was awarded the Clark Vincent Award by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to honor her literary contributions to the mental health profession. Also a screenwriter, Sylvia won first prize (for features) in the Carl Sautter Memorial Scriptwriting Competition for her historical script, The Ladies War, later optioned, and did script coverage for a Los Angeles movie distribution company for over a decade. Sylvia is a member of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), The Scriptwriters Network, Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC), Toastmasters for Writers; Toastmasters for Mental Health Professionals, and Book Publicists of Southern California (PALA). Media One-Sheet for Sylvia Cary

Author Awards

  • Gretchen Havens won the Writers’ League of Texas Mozelle Memoir Contest for Lean on You.

  • Harriett Bronson received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Los Angeles Book Festival for Charlie & Me: A Memoir

  • Sylvia Cary, LMFT won a number of awards for The Therapist Writer. 
    In 2015 she received the Irwin Award from the Book Publicists of Southern California (BPSC) in the category of “Best Niche Campaign.”  


Cary's book, "The Therapist Writer," won the GOLD in the 2013 Global Ebook Awards2013
ylvia Cary won a Gold Medal in the 2013 Global eBook Awards for the digital version of The Therapist Writer: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published.

For the paper version of "The Therapist Writer," Cary won the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Award for non-fiction / referenceThe Therapist Writer was also named a Winner in the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards

… and was a Finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA).