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Tampa Bay Books Interview with Therese Tappouni, author of 'The Gifts of Grief'

Tampa Bay Books is happy to share with you an interview with author Therese Tappouni.

What inspired you to write this book?
The loss of my son was the catalyst, but my desire to help others through the
process of grief was paramount. I was working with clients who felt all grief should
follow a pattern and I felt called to share how grief is a very individual

Please share about your latest book.
The Gifts of Grief: Finding Light in the Darkness of Loss is a guide for those who
grieve--which is all of us--to allow and embrace their personal process throughout.
It also helps people to see that so-called "small" experiences of sickness,
moving, aging and other losses are cumulative and cause a lot of problems in the
physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. The book also has an MP3 of my voice
leading the reader through the processes so they don't have to try and do them while
reading. I have visualizations and meditations for healing trauma and growing
through grief.

What are some takeaways you would like your reader to get from
reading your book?

That grief is a personal process and no one can "tell" you how to do it. Each
journey is individual.

What is the best advice you have received about writing?
Write what you WANT to know! Curiosity leads to some of the biggest breakthroughs
for a writer. What we think we know can fit on a few pages. Also, I love the
poet Miller Williams' advice: "Be suspicious of any word you learned and were proud
of learning. It will go bad. It will fall off the page."

What is your advice to beginning writers?
Write. Every day. Even if only for a few minutes. If you're not writing you're not a
writer--you're a waiter.

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
The emotional memories of trauma being unearthed was tough. Also wanting to help
without pretending to know what is best for each person. I receive so many
beautiful letters from people who have benefited from the book, that I no longer
have any doubts.

What has been your greatest reward in writing this book?
Hearing from readers. Also, it has been so great to see the German translation.

Most writers are readers. What books are on your "to-read" list?
So many! Maxine Hong Kingston's memoir, Wally Lamb's "We Are Water"t, re-reading The HeartMath Solution, and the amazing new book "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. I loved Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things."

Where can readers find out more about you and your book?, blog is on website. I am
@thereseta at Twitter and have two pages on FB--Therese Tappouni and The Gifts of

Question for fun sake---what is your favorite color and why?
Purple because it's deeply rich, reminds me of grapes and queens.

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