Author Poll: Writer MP Kollman wants your help with her cover

MP Kollman is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help deciding her book cover.

Book Summary:

A honeymoon in Reno—what could possibly go wrong?

However, back in Jaspar, Margaret Addams, preparing to leave home to visit Elizabeth and Emery Grayson, is catapulted twenty feet down the sidewalk by the explosion that destroys her house. She is barely holding onto life, but what has she to live for? Jerome, a young man she had grown to love as a son—a murderer—is dead, and her husband—no better than a common criminal—is imprisoned a hundred miles away.

And then, there’s the Hamiltons. Ivy—a woman Sandy thought he had put in prison seven years ago—has found her estranged husband Martin, and their daughter, Azalea—owners of MHE in Reno, a company that provides data entry services for its clients using its powerful server.

Questions need answering. Why is Ivy in Reno and not in prison? What does she want with Sandy’s boss, Jeff Hand? How did the Hamiltons anticipate Sandy and Samantha’s arrival in Reno? What is the source of the hundreds of thousands of dollars accumulating in an account that has no connection to their business?

About the Author:

Honeymoon is the third in a series by MP Kollman—Brothers published in 1995 and Sequela in 2012. MP also published Skin Deep, which is not part of the series, in 2016. MP began writing in grade school for her own enjoyment-taking her on adventures and away from the family farm. MP retired several years ago and can now devote more time to writing.

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Theodore Sjogren’s “The Separated Woman.” In one single 54,000-word sentence, The Separated Woman gives new significance to the phrase “stream of consciousness,” demonstrating what it means to be fully immersed in a work of fiction. The intensity of this immersion is crystallized by its brutal simplicity as the novel reveals the mind of one man—possibly a serial murderer—talking to a detective in a late-night café. In metaphysical moodiness it rivals Kafka’s The Trial and in existential grit outdoes Camus’ The Stranger. This engrossing and challenging read is not for the fainthearted. From deep within the nature of the world we live in, Sjogren takes his mystery/thriller into a bare, penetrating exploration by way of a single, thought-defying sentence.

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The Portal: The Cort Chronicles Book 1

by David D. Bernstein

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David D. Bernstein’s award winning “The Portal: The Cort Chronicles Book 1.”  Eleven-year-old Andy falls into a time portal and is transported to a ghostly version of his hometown – 101 years in the future. Twisted metal, rotten wood, and garbage litter the seemingly empty streets, and Andy will soon discover that the city is controlled by CORT robots … and that this reality is Earth’s possible future. Andy’s brother is miraculously guided through the portal and joins Andy.  But, how can two young boys alter the present by saving the future? CIPA EVVY AWARD MERIT AWARD -JUVENILE FICTION.

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Outskirts Press Presents Dr. James K. Ocansey, author of A New Lease on Life

Author Dr. James K. Ocansey is taking his latest book, A New Lease on Life on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Dr. James K. Ocansey, Ph.D. and A New Lease on Life as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Dr. James K. Ocansey was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of A New Lease on Life.

OP: Tell us a little bit about A New Lease on Life. What is it about?

Dr. James:  This title is an extension of Dr Batmanghelidj’s book: Your Body’s Many Cries for Water: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty, Do Not Treat Thirst with Medication. This book was based on his experience in an Iranian political jail where he was able to cure over 3,000 inmates with water, the only thing available to him. My title is to expand on that vision to include nutrition but also ionized alkaline water. It’s about how recent research shows that you can add over 20 years to your life span through proper nourishment and detoxification. Based on autopsies performed on 750,000 animals of over 454 species and 3,000 humans for comparison over a 12-year period, Dr. Joel Wallach came to the conclusion: “it was apparent that every animal and every human who dies of natural causes dies of a nutritional deficiency disease.” To protect yourself from nutritional deficiency diseases, all you need do is to provide your body the essential nutrients in the form of 60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 amino acids and 3 essential fatty acids and the body will self-repair or heal itself. Ionized alkaline restructured negative water is the best means to both nourish and detoxify.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Dr. James:  As a Christian believer and a prostate cancer survivor before I came to learn of vitamin B17, who also suffered a serious back ache at age 75 before I learned of alkaline antioxidant water, I wish to share my knowledge with all who will be interested in longevity and a healthy life. If God has given us 120 years and there are cultures in which people live to over 120 years in perfect health, all we need to do is find out what they did correctly so we can follow their example. God’s Word says: “I will bless your food and water and take sickness away from you.” This principle of food and water as the means of healing still holds for all people.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Dr. James: All those interested in good health and longevity should be interested in this book. Anyone over age 50 experiences a downturn in their body’s ability to perform as expected. This is because of toxic build up which undermines our health causing many underlying conditions. Dr Coanda, a Nobel Prize winning scientist who lived among the Hunzas for over 70 years studying their water said: “The water in Hunza land contains the secret of health and longevity and we should all live to be at least 125 years old and in excellent health. We should not die in a decrepit state with loss of mind, memory and bodily functions.” He told his Assistant Dr. Flanagan to invent a machine that will create that kind of water and “you will save many, many lives.” He invented Micro-Cluster technology to produce this kind of water. The Japanese have been using this since 1965. (https://3john2pros.com).

OP: What is special about your book?  

Dr. James:  My book is a summary of research done over many decades by many authorities in their fields of study and calling for paradigm shift in medical science. It teaches that the human body is created to self-repair, given the correct nutrients using the right type of water, not just any water. Dr. Horzt Filtzer of Harvard Medical School said: “Drinking the right water, not just any water, is critical to your health and prevention of disease. This is true, now more than ever, in our acidic 21st century society.” If we want to live a long healthy life free from disease and pain, we need to heed this advice and also make sure that we stay away from nutritional deficiency diseases.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Dr. James: Most likely, God willing. My other books include: The Case for Cancer as a Deficiency Disease; The Roots of Our Faith: Ancient Egypt and the Bible; Jesus Christ: The Missing Years and the Mysteries; Meet Jesus the Christ: According to the Book of God’s Remembrance.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Dr. James: Many books in this category focus on exercise/work out mostly for physical development. They also include nutritional supplementation. The problem is that they do not focus on ionized alkaline hexagonal water as the best type of water for hydration and detoxification. Page 29 of my book compares beverages, their pH (Potential Hydrogen) and ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) which is whether they oxidize (rust) or reduce that oxidation. Perrier, Gatorade, Snapple Antioxidant Drink, Aquafina, Evian, Tap water, Smart water (Glaceau), Zaqual & Essentia even when it says 9.0 pH on the bottle, they are all positive or acidic, (+227 to +542). Only ionized Alkaline water 9.5pH is negative (-470). This is the only water good for the body. All the healing testimonies in chapter 8 of this book are the result of using this ionized alkaline water by the Enagic gold standard.

OP: Thanks for your time, Dr. James! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

As a retired International Educator, a Ph.D. with over 50 years’ experience in my field, my desire is to educate people how they can help their body with the necessary raw materials needed to enable it to heal itself.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/ANewLeaseOnLife

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Healing the Wounds of War: My Personal Journey

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Amnon Ben-Yehuda’s award winning “Healing the Wounds of War: My Personal Journey.” After joining the Haganah Underground and then the shock troop Palmach along with his childhood friends during Israel’s War Of Independence in April 1948, the Author miraculously survived a serious shot to the head. He ultimately recovered physically but remained limited with his right hand. The twenty-two men killed in that battle were buried at the battle site in a common grave that has become a national monument for the heroes. Ben-Yehuda suffered in secret from his emotional wounds of war until finally he reached out for counseling that turned his life around. He wrote this book not as an autobiography but as a journey through one veteran’s inner soul, seeking to inspire others in situations like his to finally find peace of mind. 2019 CIPA EVVY AWARD

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Outskirts Press Presents Geraldine K. Piorkowski, Ph.D, author of Beyond Pipe Dreams and Platitudes: Insights on Love, Luck, and Narcissism from a Longtime Psychologist

Author Geraldine K. Piorkowski, Ph.D is taking her latest book, Beyond Pipe Dreams and Platitudes: Insights on Love, Luck, and Narcissism from a Longtime Psychologist on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Geraldine K. Piorkowski, Ph. D and Beyond Pipe Dreams and Platitudes: Insights on Love, Luck, and Narcissism from a Longtime Psychologist as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Geraldine K. Piorkowski, Ph.D was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Beyond Pipe Dreams and Platitudes: Insights on Love, Luck, and Narcissism from a Longtime Psychologist.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Beyond Pipe Dreams and Platitudes: Insights on Love, Luck, and Narcissism from a Longtime Psychologist. What is it about?

Geraldine:  It is a compilation of eight essays that addresses the question as to what I learned working as a clinical psychologist with people from all walks of life for over 50 years. I discovered that while people are fundamentally the same in terms of needs, hopes, dreams, defenses, and fears, there are many psychological realities that run counter to the common beliefs of present-day Americans regarding such qualities as positive thinking, anger, romantic love, vulnerability, control of others, luck, or chance, healthy vs. unhealthy narcissism, empathy and healthy religion.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Geraldine:  I felt popular culture leads Americans astray when it comes to important psychological realities that they need to be aware of. For example, positive thinking is often not the best way of getting through a difficult situation and trying to control others is often a total waste of time. In addition, so much of life is determined by luck or chance, and not talent or hard work.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Geraldine: It was self-published through Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Geraldine: According to one reviewer, all kinds: young adults, middle aged ones, parents, and senior citizens who are interested in what makes people tick.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Geraldine:  The book is very readable and relatable to the average reader. In addition, it covers a broad range of psychological topics not covered in any other book written for the lay reader. More importantly, it seeks to debunk “sacred cow” concepts in the American culture, such as the power of positive thinking, the unlimited power of romantic love, the notion that all varieties of anger are equally destructive, and that all narcissism is unfortunate.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Geraldine: As one book reviewer said, “I fell in love with the author’s writing style. It was soothing and expository. Also, I loved how practical and relatable the book was.” Another reviewer said, “This book is pithy — it gets to the point about many issues that the general public may wonder about. It is refreshing, direct, and HONEST about our potential strengths and struggles in life, touching upon some of the dilemmas in our current culture. — It has one of the best explanations for empathy I have every read—beautifully, simply defined.”

OP: Have you published any other books?

Geraldine: Yes, two others. Too Close For Comfort: Exploring the Risks of Intimacy was published in 1994 by Insight Books (Plenum Press) and Adult Children of Divorce: Confused Love Seekers was published in 2008 by Praeger Publishers.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Geraldine: I’m not sure.

OP: Thanks for your time, Geraldine! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Geraldine K. Piorkowski is a retired clinical psychologist who received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Since then, she has worked in a variety of academic and clinical settings for over fifty years. Besides holding the position of Chair of the Psychology Department at Roosevelt University, Chicago, she was also on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago; the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark and the Northwestern Medical School in Chicago. In addition, she was director of the counseling centers at two large, urban universities in Chicago. She is the author of many psychological articles and two books on romantic love: Too Close for Comfort: Exploring the Risks of Intimacy and Adult Children of Divorce: Confused Love Seekers. Currently, she is on the local Board of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and lives in Chicago with her husband of 61 years.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/BEYONDPIPEDREAMSANDPLATITUDES

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Self-Publishing Author Ruth Premo-Berkowitz Discusses The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond

Author Ruth Premo-Berkowitz is taking her latest book, The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Ruth Premo-Berkowitz and The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Ruth Premo-Berkowitz was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond. What is it about?

Ruth: Is about a Young Girl named Ruthie who loves life on the farm with her Family & adores all creatures & animals along with freedom of country living. Ruthie finds out her family moving to a small apartment above a butcher shop in a city and her father is not moving with family. Her mother and father are getting a divorce and her father is moving with his new family. Ruthie is only four and a half years old and feels so lonely and confused, but in this new world, Ruthie finds herself a wonderful new friend, Rachel, a Fly Fairy Princess and together they journey to many exciting places while helping many people and creatures along the way. Ruthie and Rachel embrace all the differences of these gifted people and creatures that they meet along their many journeys.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Ruth: My writing began when I started the first day of Kindergarten Class. Our class was told not to write with our left hand or we would be punished. I picked up the pencil and all I knew how to write was my name and the alphabet. I went running home that first day of school crying because I wrote with my left hand. My mother handed me a piece of paper and said, “Start writing. It is okay you can write with your right or left hand!” I was confused but I sat down at the kitchen table and wrote and wrote my name over and over again as I cried. I found that I could write with both my right hand and left hand. By the end of my Kindergarten Class that year, I was writing with my right hand. I have kept journals my entire life after that year in school. I began at a young age writing in my journals about my life and the adventures of my family of 13 children. When my mother became ill with Leukemia, she asked me, “to publish this book series, called the “The Barber’s Daughter.” I said, “Yes!” Ruthie and Rachel adventures come from my life in a big family and the daughter of a Barber who was also a very talented musician. The wonderful part of this book series is when my mother was in the hospital and I read her the first Book in the series “The Barber’s Daughter and the Little Window, Book 1” and I described each picture to her from my hand drawings. She was so excited that I would put this book in print. My mother was so pleased with listening to the adventure of Ruthie and Rachel and the Little Window Book 1. My mother was my inspiration for the love of writing. I read it to her before she passed. Memories are forever!

OP: How did you get your book published?

Ruth: I published through Outskirts Press Inc.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Ruth: I believe all children in grade school and all ages will like this book, this series ;The Barber’s Daughter embraces difference and fears many of us have, fear of bugs & snakes , meeting new people, swimming, learning to ride a bike, dealing older and younger siblings of larger family , moving to new place, dealing with divorce and it shows how Ruthie and Rachel deal and coped with all these adventures and somehow helps all along with way. Wonderful way to look at everyday life and how to cope with it as you follow Ruthie and Rachel on their adventures their new World.

OP: What is special about your book?

Ruth: The main character Ruthie, has many hidden talents, her ability to talk with insects and all creatures along with animals. Ruthie never judges she sits and watches the world around her and embraces differences of all. She takes her fears and turns them into strengths and insights which then helps others. Rachel the Fly Fairy Princess is her best friend, but when they first met, Fly’s was one of Ruthies worst fears. Ruthie has many hidden talents but one she wanted the most was the gift of Music that her family shares with her Dad. I shared in these books of my personal experiences as lived them as young girl; of these fears, bugs, Horses, swimming, meeting new child, and writing with my left hand, feeling different because I never played a musical instrument which was so important to my father. Growing up in a big family you learn quick the pecking order and where you fit in, but I never fit in to this big wonderful musical gifted family. What is so unique is each person has talent, you just have to find it, I hope this book series inspires people of all ages to enjoy and embrace who you are and be positive with each moment. Being positive with each moment bring happiness. With Happiness you can over come anything life has to share with each you.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Ruth: The Barber’s Daughter is based on my real-life adventures with a little imagination along the adventures of Ruthie and Rachel. When it comes to real life adventures in the 1960s & 1970s no one can make this stuff up. Life in the real world is heart breaking and wonderful at the same time. Life in a very big family where most members inherited the musical gene from Dad but yet it was hard as a family member who did not play a musical instrument. Ruthie had her writing and pen as her musical instrument. Our wonderful family of 13 children had its hardships and but yet there is this great silent “golden” cloud that each one of us carried within us of an abundance of love for each other no matter what. I have tried to share and describe this love of a larger family whose lives went in so many different directions. The special gifts this book brings is there is no judgment of what you look like, how you look, talk or walk, but it is about your gifts that you carry with you everyday which makes each person, creature, and animal special. This book is just about life and how to learn to embrace life adventures and make today a better place to live and stay positive about tomorrow. A young girl’s adventures with life in a new world with no judgment but an excitement to meet all new adventures positively. Also, you can find all the information on my website http://www.Ruthiesbooks.com and Facebook, Ruthpremoberkowiz. Also, two of my brothers, Jon Premo and Bob Premo, wrote and recorded the music to theme song “Ruthie Little Window” video for “The Barber’s Daughter” Book Series. Jon Premo wrote the words and music to the video theme song and Robert(Bob) Premo recorded the CD theme song to the videos in his “Charlie the Barber’s Music Studio.” You can purchase the theme song by contacting Jon Premo at Jon.premo01@gmail.com. A big thank you to these two wonderful talented brothers who are so gifted with their musical talent.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Ruth: I now have two books published in The Barber’s Daughters Series: First book is The Barber’s Daughter and the Little Window, Book 1. The second book is The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond Book 2. (also has Coloring book with it)

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Ruth: Yes! I plan on many more books with “The Barber’s Daughter” Series of books where Ruthie and Rachel go on many wonderful adventures. I am also writing an Adult Murder Mystery book series with some fun and twist with Who Done it.

OP: Thanks for your time, Ruth! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ruth Premo-Berkowitz was born in Constableville, New York. She grew up in the city of Rome and visited her family farm every weekend. She loved growing up on the farm, learning the cycles of planting and harvesting, and enjoying the neighbors’ animals. Ruth has been writing since early childhood, keeping a journal to record the adventures of her large family, as well as keeping track of the twists and turns of her life’s journey. Ruth’s creative talents include throwing pottery, painting, and stained glass/fused glass. She is married with grown children, and grandchildren who bring lots of love into her home. The Barber’s Daughter books are based on Ruth’s experiences growing up in New York.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/thebarbersdaughterandthepinkfrogpond

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by Marie True Evans

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Marie True Evans’s “Guinevere’s Child.” Set in California in 1912, Guinevere set out in her horse drawn carriage to collect the rents for her husband. One of the renters in a small cottage was Lieutenant Commander Mark St. Clair Ellis, a brilliant young Naval officer and inventor, and his wife, Elizabeth. They were stationed with a large Pacific Fleet Naval Base on Mare Island. When he opened the door, he thought that Guinevere was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen in his life, and he fell madly in love with her. A few years later in San Diego, a little girl named Mary Jane was given up for adoption at age 5. This is her story of her search for the answers as to why she was given up for adoption. A true story of passion, betrayal, greed and the resiliency of the human spirit to survive adversity.

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Outskirts Press Presents Dawn DiRaimondo, Psy.D, author of Surviving Sibling Loss: The Invisible Thread That Connects Us Through Life and Death

Author Dawn DiRaimondo, Psy.D is taking her latest book, Surviving Sibling Loss: The Invisible Thread That Connects Us Through Life and Death on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Dawn DiRaimondo, Psy.D and Surviving Sibling Loss: The Invisible Thread That Connects Us Through Life and Death as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Dawn was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Surviving Sibling Loss: The Invisible Thread That Connects Us Through Life and Death.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Surviving Sibling Loss: The Invisible Thread That Connects Us Through Life and Death. What is it about?

Dawn:  Surviving Sibling Loss interweaves both my personal and professional experience with sibling loss. I begin with my own experience of losing my younger brother in 2004, while he was serving in Iraq. I also interviewed fourteen people that also lost one, and in several cases, two siblings. If people can’t relate to losing a sibling through war, they may relate to losing siblings through suicide, cancer, accidents, homicide and more. I share clinical insights about bereavement, as well as a chapters with excerpts from my interviews and a chapter on all of the most helpful things we did to cope after the death of our siblings. This book is designed to not only help people that have experienced significant loss, but also the people in their lives (parents, partners, friends and even therapists) that want to better understand how to support them. My hope is that after reading (or listening to) my book, surviving siblings are left feeling understood, validated and have a number of ideas on how to both navigate through their grief, and continue to honor their lost siblings as well.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Dawn:  When my brother, Michael, died in 2004, I found only one book written about the loss of a sibling. Last fall, one of my clients shared with me that there wasn’t much written about sibling loss. I looked into it and found only a handful of books, and even less on Audible. I was disappointed and surprised to learn this and knew I needed to write this book. Siblings often feel lost in the grief process, as most of the focus and support (including their own) is geared towards their parents. The significance of what is feels like to go through life without one’s brother and/or sister is vastly unknown to others. Many people, including myself, report feeling like a part of them has died too after losing a sibling and have no idea how to process that level of grief. As a psychologist, I specialize in working with people who have gone through significant loss. Young people especially feel alone in their grief, as most people their age don’t experience significant loss for many years. Mainstream American culture doesn’t offer any traditions beyond a funeral to help people with the grieving process, as other cultures and religions do. Even our vocabulary and the English language lacks enough words to describe the feelings of grief, in part I believe, because people don’t want to talk about it. All of which leaves people feeling alone, not understood and under-supported. I want to help change the conversation around grief. I want to help normalize the feelings experienced and show people how to live with significant loss versus feel pressure to “move on”, which is something they can’t and don’t want to do. You don’t move on after the death of a child or sibling, you learn to live with that loss and my hope is that this books helps people learn how to better do that.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Dawn: After interviewing several people that published books, I decided to self-publish through Outskirts Press. My book is available in print, e-book formats and will be available on Audible very shortly.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Dawn: People that have lost siblings, children, and their friends and family that want to better understand and support them. I also include a chapter for therapists and ideas to bring to one’s therapy, including insights and information for clinicians that may not have gone through significant loss yet themselves. I think anyone that has experienced a significant loss would find value and helpful information in this book.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Dawn:  I think the fact that I write this book from both a personal experience of losing my brother and as a clinical psychologist that specializes in significant loss, is unique and valuable. I purposely wrote the chapters to be short and easy to read because I know that traumatized and grieving people can’t concentrate for long, often feel fatigued and have difficulty with focus and memory. I structured the book so that people can easily skip around to the chapters they want to read or go back and re-read. The book is relatively short and the feedback I am getting is that it is easy to read, has a conversational writing style, and is comforting and helpful. I also think the interviews of the fourteen people I included, represent so many different ways people have lost siblings (suicide, homicide, cancer, accidents, etc) that hopefully people can relate to someone’s story and experiences in this book. I include feelings and dilemmas that I think people who haven’t lost a sibling yet wouldn’t realize or think of, i.e. what it is like to become an only child for the first time, to lose a twin, how hard it is to be asked how many siblings you have after they have died. Since many people don’t know what to say to someone after their loved one dies, I included a segment from the interviews on what to say and not to say to people after they lost their sibling.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Dawn: There aren’t many books written on sibling loss, a handful or so. I don’t think there are any written by someone that is also a therapist. As a psychologist, I am trained to give people information in a way they can take in, understand, feel comforted by and not feel reactive to or defensive about. My hope is that this skill translates into my writing style as well.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Dawn: No, just a dissertation (in 2002 on using music in therapy with adolescents).

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Dawn: Haha. Can you ask me this again in a year? I am getting that question a lot lately. I don’t know, probably but not yet. This book was written in 2020 during stolen moments with two children home from school all year due to Covid, along with working from home (therapy via zoom) and a new puppy. I suppose if I felt inspired about something enough, I will. I’m just hoping my kids will be back in school at that point and the world won’t be dealing with a global pandemic any longer. One can wish. I would like to start a podcast about grief, as well as other topics that are commonly talked about in therapy sessions.

OP: Thanks for your time, Dawn! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dawn DiRaimondo, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in Sacramento, California, where she lives with her husband and two children. She has over 20 years of experience working with adolescents, young adults, and adults. Her private practice specializes in treating people with significant grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Dr. DiRaimondo is also engaged in the emerging field of nutritional psychiatry and the interplay between nutrition and mental health.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/survivingsiblingloss

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Outskirts Press Presents Dr. Virgie Broussard Pradia, author of Motivated by Dance: My Dream, Realized – A Memoir

Author Dr. Virgie Broussard Pradia is taking her latest book, Motivated by Dance: My Dream, Realized – A Memoir on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Dr. Virgie Broussard Pradia and Motivated by Dance: My Dream, Realized – A Memoir as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Dr. Virgie Broussard Pradia was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Motivated by Dance: My Dream, Realized – A Memoir.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Motivated by Dance: My Dream, Realized – A Memoir. What is it about?

Dr. Virgie:  It is about having to struggle as a young girl in a small town in South Louisiana the third of eleven children. It tells about how I struggled with living in poverty with an abusive alcoholic father. But I found joy in dancing. It is about my having to work in the cotton and pepper fields to earn money to buy the bare necessities of life. When not working, the joy of dancing motivated me to dream big. I dreamed of going to New York and performing on stage. My mother told me to stop dreaming of going to New York because it was far away, and I would never get there. I kept right on dreaming. She told me to find a nice young man and get married. I went to New York and later became the dance director at Grambling State University

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Dr. Virgie: When I was in college, a priest said that I should write about my life, but I did not. I am not a writer; I am a dancer. Through the years many who knew part of my story encouraged me to write about my life. It took me many years to make the decision to pen it. I guess I was waiting for the right time.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Dr. Virgie: I wrote the story and a friend proofread it for me. Then I got an editor from Chicago to do the editing and decided to publish with Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Dr. Virgie: Readers who are trying to reach their dreams. My story can inspire them to not lose sight of their dreams. It is a good read for young adults and up.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Dr. Virgie: I would say my struggle and not giving up even though my mother could not see my dreams. It reveals what a person could do when they believe in themselves.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Dr. Virgie: I would say the culture that I grew up in. My parents spoke Creole and neither had a formal education background. My mother was a stay-at-home mom for a long time. My dad was a carpenter who could not read. My mother went to night school and got a certificate that said she had an eight-grade education. My mom and dad fought a lot. Especially when he drank gin on the weekend. They would have physical fights and sometimes we had to call the policeman.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Dr. Virgie: Yes, three books of poems. Poetry the Way I Did It; My Love Your Love Poetry of Love; and Remarkable Man, Five Poems Celebrating Men.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Dr. Virgie: Yes, everyone who read this one asked when the next one is coming out. They said I kept them hanging. Some even called to ask question about my story and what happened after Grambling.

OP: Thanks for your time, Dr. Virgie! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

There’s much more to Dr. Virgie Broussard Pradia than meets the eye, especially if you know her only as a dancer. She’s an author, poet, choreographer, photographer, painter, motivational speaker, athlete, coach, and teacher. She holds degrees from Grambling College, Cortland College, Grambling State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/motivatedbydance

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