Here’s an excerpt from my recent blog interview. To read the entire interview, please click on the link above. Nadine is a wonderfully talented writer, with a gorgeous blog. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed. 😉
Author Interview: Carrie Lange
Today I have an amazing guest author: Carrie Lange. Carrie’s novel is a heart-wrenching tale of overcoming grief and guilt–a story I will never forget.
Would you mind telling us why and how you wrote the novel? I imagine it must have been a very difficult emotional experience for you. What message do you have for readers?
The book was originally written for my teenage daughter, who began struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide the past few years. In her struggle to understand her own depression, she kept asking me about Dan’s death. Although very young when he died, she loved him very much and had a difficult time understanding his sudden loss. As she grew older, and began to realize what happened, her questions became more pointed. Letting Go first began as my way of explaining to her an unexplainable act.
One of the main characters, and the one readers seem to love the most, Tar, was not a figment of my imagination. My daughter told me about talking to Dan’s friend. She told me Dan wasn’t up in heaven with God, but with his friend, Tar, who was dead too. That night – after watching Galaxy Quest about five times in a row – I had a dream about Tar, which probably explains why he looked like Alan Rickman to me!
My goal with Letting Go is to both prevent suicide and help survivors understand why people become suicidal. I also want to help all people gain a better understanding of the grieving process….
** Update 8/2014 – Proceeds have been donated, and I am in the process of making the e-book free, and the paper back as cheap as I’m allowed. See my donation post here: Donation of my Proceeds to The Lifeline **
I am currently donating all the proceeds I make from the sale of my book to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. So, I feel it’s important to provide some sort of accountability to readers of my sales and donations.
I plan to make my first donation once (if) I make $100.00 in proceeds. And after every $100.00 there after. Currently, I’m a long way from hitting that mark! But if I ever do, I will begin tracking on this page.
Last week, I was nominated by Amanda over at The Live Simply Blog for the unique Liebster Award. I’m very new to blogging, and feel very honored for the recognition of my efforts.
As Amanda explained to me, blogger awards are a lot like chain emails, and a way to spread the word about other note-worthy blogs. I’m tickled pink that anyone considers my blog as note-worthy, and I am equally happy to share with you some of my favorite up and coming blogs.
The Liebster Award is an award that helps us promote new blogs that we enjoy. This award is given to upcoming bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers. “Liebster” is German and means “beloved”. These are the non-compulsory (but definitely good form) rules to follow for this award:
Thank the Liebster-winning blogger who nominated you, and link back to their blog:
As I mentioned, Amanda at The Live Simply Blog nominated me. I would love to nominate her back, as I enjoy her blog so much! It’s all about simplifying your life, and I can’t recommend it highly enough, and thank you Amanda!