How I Became a Therapist in Another World
After an unexpected accident, Cat wakes up in a world where dragons terrorize the countryside and demons feed on the insecurities of humans, elves and orcs alike. She’s in a new body, younger than she used to be, but she still has the skills she studied and practiced in her own life — and now, she’s got magic behind it.
Cat — now named Lavender — was a therapist on Earth. And with depression-eating demons and narcissistic warriors from another world running around, it looks like she could be a therapist again.
Comedy! Drama! Romance! Hot lady orcs! High society balls! Heartfelt chats over nachos! A light novel-inspired, LGBT-inclusive novella about one thing every angsty anime series and fantasy novel could use: Therapy.
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What the Hell is Isekai: If You’re Coming Here from My Other Works
I’m not at all equipped to deliver a comprehensive overview of light novels or the currently wildly popular isekai subgenre, honestly. A lot of other people read and watch more of it than I do, and enjoy it more than I do. (Am I once again writing a book to figure out why I don’t like a genre as much as I feel like I should, like I did with epic fantasy and Healers? Why yes, yes I am.)
The extra-short explanation, to vastly over-simplify it, is “anime genre about people who get reincarnated into fantasy worlds.” I’ve consumed some that I really liked. I’ve read about some that I find completely repellent. As a whole, I don’t entirely understand the appeal of many of the common tropes. So in part, this project was an attempt to get my head around it and see how it can be fun.
If you liked Healers, you might or might not like this one, and vice versa. It has a VERY different tone. The jokiness that pops up in Healers now and then is the starting point for Therapist, it doesn’t get remotely as far into the characters’ heads (ironically), the world-building and story are intentionally much more tropey, it’s in first-person, and the narration is very loose and conversational.
What it has in common with Healers is that it’s hopefully built on a foundation of compassion and humanity; friendship is an important theme, though not the center of the story this time; it’s got a love of coziness, even though that takes a back seat to magic, romance and action here; and it’s even more gay. (like… by miles.)
So if you want to try it, feel free, but please don’t expect anything like my other work.