Author Showcase Feature with Book Excellence Award Finalist Gary Roe

Book Title: Surviving the Holidays Without You: Navigating Grief During Special Seasons

How did you know you wanted to be an author? I’ve always enjoyed writing, especially poetry. When I became a pastor, I found myself writing all the materials for our church. One thing led to another, and now here I am.

What is your advice for aspiring authors? If you had to do it again, what would you have done differently? Find an established author you admire and whom you can connect with. Ask them if they would be willing to mentor you in some ways. A few quality phone calls and the on-going relationship can reap huge benefits!

Do you have any writing rituals or practices? I journal every morning. I work as a full-time hospice chaplain and grief counselor, so my creative writing gets squeezed into several afternoons a week. I brainstorm, then mind-map the topic, and then write a draft (without editing!). Then it goes from there.

What message do you want readers to remember? Life is tough, and our hearts get hit frequently. How we deal with these hits is important. No matter where you are or what you’ve been through, you can heal, and help others do the same.

How can fans get in contact with you?
Visit me on my website at and send me an email at If you prefer facebook, chime in on my author page at . If you like Twitter, try @GaryRoeAuthor. I would love to hear from you.