Peter Adler, writing as A.R. Silverberry, is quite the Renaissance man. He is not only a psychologist, but he's also an artist and musician. And he writes books (fancy that!). In fact, his 1st published book (2nd book), Wyndano's Cloak, was one of my favorite books of 2011. It's a fantasy novel for girls 10-14, but I still loved it (no smart-aleck remarks please).
Although this book was self-published on March 15, 2010 (it's available as an eBook at Barnes&Noble.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes; hardback from the author), it has won several awards:
Gold Medal Winner in the 2010 Readers Favorite Awards in Preteen Fiction
Finalist, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, Juvenile Fiction (Winners announced June 2011)
Silver Medal Winner 2011 Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book, Children’s/Young Adult
Peter didn't start writing until he was 45. He was influenced by L. Frank Baum's world of Oz, myths, fairy tales, and Tolkien. His 1st book is still sitting in a drawer. It was never published although he had a couple of literary agents interested in it. In fact, he used the criticism from book 1 to make book 2 better (he certainly succeeded with that strategy!).