Author Showcase Feature with Book Excellence Award Winner Lynda Cheldelin Fell

Book Title: Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Suicide

How did you know you wanted to be an author? I’ve always loved reading true stories, and began my writing career as an editor many years ago. After losing our daughter in 2009, I discovered that penning my emotions was very therapeutic. When I created the Grief Diaries book series in 2015, over 100 people signed up. We’ve since published 23 titles and the series is home to over 600 writers in 11 countries!

What is your advice for aspiring authors? If you had to do it again, what would you have done differently? Always write from the heart and don’t worry about what others will think. It’s your story to tell, so put pen to paper and just let the words flow. Also, remember that the advice of others is merely that—advice, not the holy grail. Listen to your inner voice and value it above the opinions of strangers at all times.

Do you have any writing rituals or practices? I write when the mood strikes, which is usually late at night when the day world is quiet. That’s when ideas and inspirations hit me, and the words pour forth. I’ve learned that if I try to write during the day when distracted, it just doesn’t work. By capitalizing on when the mood strikes, the end result is more authentic and much richer in content.

What message do you want readers to remember? The Costa Rican’s have a saying—pura vida. The literal meaning is “pure life” but the deeper meaning is that no matter how hard life feels at times, there is always hope. Storytelling and sharing our experiences in books doesn’t always have to be sugarcoated. Because in the end each story says if we can survive, so can you. Hope is one of life’s most precious gifts.

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