It's Creative Writing 101: write what you know.

It's Creative Writing 101: write what you know.

That's exactly what Noam Shpancer, a clinical psychologist and Otterbein University professor, did when he penned his first-ever novel, "The Good Psychologist."

And he's hearing about it.

"Publisher's Weekly" described the book, which was released in the U.S. in August 2010 as an "intelligent and suspenseful debut."

Jonathan Kellerman, psychologist and bestselling author of the Alex Delaware series, said, "Noam Shpancer portrays the oft-hidden world of psychotherapy with unparalleled authenticity, compassion and witÉAn astonishing debut."

See for yourself what all the praise is about. On Wednesday, Feb. 2, Shpancer will stop by Northwest Library to talk about "The Good Psychologist."

The story follows the title character, a solitary man, whose treatment of an exotic dancer suffering from crippling anxiety threatens the balance in an unresolved relationship with a married former colleague with whom he has a child he's never met.

Shpancer has said the story is "like a three-legged stool." "It follows the psychologist in his work with his clientÉand then it follows the night class he teachesÉand then it follows his kind of complicated relationship with the loved one with whom he has a secret child."

Although in "The Good Psychologist," he's writing about his profession, Shpancer emphasized that the book is a blend of personal experiences and situations he's heard about.

"Some of the materials are from my life, stuff that I know like psychology and parenting," he said. "So, it's not about me, but it happens in a world I know something about."

Personal experience gave Shpancer idea for his novel.

"Many years ago, I had a client come into my office who said she was a stripper with stage fright. And then she left. I never heard from her againÉ.Some years later, I was in my office late in the afternoon and I was tired, and I thought, 'I wish my next client wouldn't show up.'

"I thought that the idea had the energy of a bookÉ.and then I remembered that client from years before."

Shpancer's visit is presented in partnership with the Bexley Jewish Community Center. Purchase your own copy of "The Good Psychologist" after Shpancer's program.