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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Karl Thomson’s “A Russian in the American Army – WWII: The Fighting 4th Infantry.” This is the story of a young Russian boy brought to the United states in the early 1930’s. He came to love and embrace the U.S. as his home. As soon as he could, he joined the Mighty Fighting 4th U.S. infantry. In the Army he showed great promise. He landed on Utah Beach on D-day and continued fighting across France leading his men until the war’s end. Commanders put him into Army Intelligence. Sometimes bypassing the chain of command, he studied the battlefields and acted instinctively. He did not always wait for orders from above and made daring advances against German troops. He felt he understood the enemy. Throughout the war and beyond, Alex proved himself to be one of the smartest and most thorough fighters and intelligence figures among U.S. specialists.

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Self-Publishing Author Cooper C. Woodring, FIDSA Discusses Expert Design Witness 101

Author Cooper C. Woodring, FIDSA is taking his latest book, Expert Design Witness 101 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 Cooper C. Woodring, FIDSA and Expert Design Witness 101 as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Cooper C. Woodring, FIDSA 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 Expert Design Witness 101.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Expert Design Witness 101. What is it about?

Cooper:  The fascinating experience of serving as an expert witness in Federal Courts in design patent litigation when the question is always, “How close is too close in overall appearance (of the accused design to the patented design) to find infringement” and through whose eyes is that judgment made.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Cooper:  Encouragement from patent attorneys I worked with and the curiosity and many questions from my design peers asking what is it that you actually do, and how and when did you learn how to do whatever it is that you do.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Cooper: It started with fear of the unknown, but eventually became easier with a lot of help from the folks at Outskirts Press.

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

Cooper: Product designers and industrial designers, students of design and design educators, patent attorneys who specialize in design patents (or want to), and the general public wanting a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes battleground between the award-winning creators, and the copycats, of product designs.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Cooper:  It is not a textbook, but it does teach the basics of design patent law in understandable language and it includes the often unusual, strange and funny events and stories that one would not expect to occur in Federal Courts.

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

Cooper: I don’t believe there are any similar books in the same category. The closest books are dry and highly technical, scholarly books probably authored by a bright attorney with little or no knowledge or understanding of design.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Cooper: No

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Cooper: Only if this book is successful and the market appears to want more, as I have more to share.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cooper Woodring is a former president of the Industrial Designers Society of America. Woodring spent a majority of his career as manager of product design and new product development for JCPenney, at that time America’s third largest retailer. President Reagan appointed Woodring to head the United States Information Agency’s Cultural Exchange Mission titled “Design in America” behind the then Iron Curtain. Cooper was an invited presenter at the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s first “Design Day” in 2006 and again in 2010 and 2015. Cooper lives in Wakefield, Rhode Island (the Ocean State), and loves boating and being near the water, in spite of giving up his Grand Banks due to getting older.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/ExpertDesignWitness101

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