Longtime Tampa Resident Publishes His First Novel
Michael Shahnasarian, Ph.D., a longtime business owner and resident of Tampa, has recently released his first novel, Justice Indicted. After completing a doctorate in counseling psychology at Florida State University, Dr. Shahnasarian founded Career Consultants of America, Inc. (CCA) in Carrollwood. CCA has specialized in career development, human resources consultation, life care planning, and vocational rehabilitation since its inception in 1986. From his research and vast experiences over the years, he has authored eleven nonfiction books, and seventy articles, book chapters, and monographs. Dr. Shahnasarian has also developed a standardized test used by vocational experts worldwide to facilitate evaluation of a person’s earning capacity through systematic analysis and appraisal.
Justice Indicted, Dr. Shahnasarian’s first work of fiction, is a thriller in which he uses his knowledge and legal system experience to create a story that is at once educational and quite entertaining. Over the past 30 years, he has committed a considerable portion of his practice to work as a forensic expert witness on vocational and life-care-plan issues for both the prosecution and defense. Dr. Shahnasarian has performed expert witness work locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. He is well known in the legal community here in Tampa and throughout Florida, and he has testified in countless trials over the years. He derived his inside knowledge to write Justice Indicted from his more than two-and-a-half decades of experience as a forensic witness.
Justice Indicted is a fictional take on civil litigation in the Florida. It depicts a war hero, who, soon after his discharge from MacDill Air Force Base, is in a vehicular accident that claims the life of his wife and leaves him severely injured and a single parent of a 4-year-old girl. While he aims to be fairly compensated for his losses and to move-on with his life, greedy business executives and self-serving lawyers have a different agenda, and pursuing litigation is the war hero’s only recourse. The story takes place primarily in Carrollwood and South Tampa, in addition to other familiar areas throughout the Tampa Bay area. As the story develops, readers are exposed to behind-the-scenes events that are common to the litigation process, but not generally known to the public.
When asked his purpose in writing Justice Indicted, Dr. Shahnasarian says his objective was to provide an entertaining story through which he could educate the public on commonplace happenings that occur during litigation, many of which appear to be the opposite of promoting justice. Having performed an average of between 100 and 150 expert evaluations annually, provided approximately 50 depositions per year, and testified in up to 20 trials each year, Dr. Shahnasarian has gained an appreciation and understanding of the inner workings of the Florida justice system, giving him a unique perspective into its processes and shortcomings.
Dr. Shahnasarian lives in Carrollwood with his wife Jean and their three West Highland terriers, and they have three adult children. Justice Indicted can be purchased at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and Overmountain Press, the book’s publisher. Many of his nonfiction books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.