Broken Pieces

Author Interview – Harriet Hodgson @healthmn1

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

What contributes to making a writer successful?

Persistence. Without persistence you don’t create a good book outline, write the manuscript, proofread it, make corrections, and revise it. I’ve revised chapters 20 times before I was satisfied.

You’ve given workshops at regional and national conferences. What makes your workshops helpful?

When I plan a conference workshop, I tell my grief recovery story, weave it into research findings, and share proactive steps that attendees may take to improve their lives. If I’ve helped only one person the planning, the trip, and the effort were worth it.

Tell us about your new book.

Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss is my latest book. It’s a concise grief recovery resource for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or friend. From the first page to the last, Happy Again! assures the reader that happiness is possible and lists proactive steps he or she may take to achieve it. This is my 32nd book and I’m proud of it.

Tell us a bit about your family.

In 2007 my family changed after four family members — my elder daughter, father-in-law, brother, and former son-in-law – died within nine months. My daughter died from the injuries she received in a car crash. None months later her former husband died from the injuries he received in another car crash. His death made my twin grandchildren orphans and my husband and me GRGs, grandparents raising grandchildren. The twins were 15 ½ years old when they moved in with us. Today, they are 21 years old and seniors in college. Nurturing, caring and loving my grandkids has been the greatest blessing of my life.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

One week after my daughter died I turned to my occupation, writing, to recover from multiple losses. In fact, I made a promise to myself: “I will write my way through grief.” I’m a health and wellness writer and his promise changed the focus of my writing to grief recovery. Eight grief resources have come from this promise. More important, I’ve met national grief experts and many other parents who have suffered the death of a child. No doubt about it, my life is richer because of these people.


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Genre – Non-fiction

Rating – G

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