No Time to Say Goodbye is a personal story–Ms. Fine’s husband, a prominent New York physician, killed himself in 1989 at the age of 43. She also interviewed more than 60 other people who lost sons and daughters, wives and husbands, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, friends and relatives to suicide. The book describes the different stages of mourning surrounding the suicide of a loved one and helps survivors see that they are not alone in their confusion and grief.
Carla’s new book, Touched By Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss, written with Dr. Michael Myers, one of the leading clinicians in the field of suicide and professor of pyschiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, was published by Gotham Books/Penguin in September 2006. The book offers detailed steps, practical suggestions, and compassionate guidance for coping after suicide.
Carla lectures extensively to suicide survivors’ groups and professional organizations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and India. She also offers workshops on writing as a path to healing.
Carla is the author or coauthor of seven other books, including Who Cares What You’re Supposed to Do? Breaking the Rules to Get What You Want in Love, Life, and Work (Perigee/Penguin, 2004), written with Dr. Victoria Dickerson; Achievement Matters: Getting Your Child the Best Education Possible (Kensington Press, 2002), in collaboration with Hugh Price, president of the National Urban League; Strong, Smart, And Bold: Empowering Girls For Life (Cliff Street Books/HarperCollins, 2001); and The Miracles of Mentoring: How to Encourage and Lead Future Generation, in collaboration with Thomas Dortch, Jr., president of the 100 Black Men of America (Doubleday, 2000).
She is also the author of Just Because I’m Latin Doesn’t Mean I Mambo: A Success Guide for Hispanic Americans, in collaboration with diversity specialist Juan Roberto Job (Ballantine Books, 1998); Married to Medicine: An Intimate Portrait of Doctors’ Wives (Atheneum, 1981); and Barron’s Guide to Foreign Medical Schools: Selecting Them, Surviving Them, and Successfully Practicing in the United States (Barron’s Educational Series, 1979).
Carla has appeared on numerous national and local television and radio programs, including Oprah Winfrey, Court TV, Joan Rivers, Fox TV News, Oxygen TV, New York One, Phil Donahue, NewsCenter 4, and Tony Brown’s Journal. She received her Masters of Science degree with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Carla lives in New York City with her husband, Allen Oster, and their two Labrador retrievers, Sancho and Rosie.