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Interview with Cheri DeGroot, author of Dear Friend

ABOUT DEAR FRIEND

 

 

Title: Dear Friend

Genre: Non-fiction humanities

Author: Cheri DeGroot

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 60

Language: English

ISBN – 978-1-44016-146-9

 

Are you looking for a way to meet new people from all over the world, make new friends, and help others? The solution is simple and affordable—become a pen pal. In Dear Friend, author Cheri DeGroot shares the joys and rewards of becoming a pen pal and provides tips on sharing friendships through handwritten letters.

Based on fifty-three years of personal experience as a pen pal, DeGroot details how her lifelong passion for pen palling began and how her friendships with people from all over the United States have helped her through life’s good and bad times. This guide demonstrates the positive aspects of pen palling—from sharing news of family, hobbies and emotions to expanding their knowledge by learning about different cultures and different people.

Stressing the importance of communication, Dear Friend reveals how becoming a pen pal can help those who are lonely to find friendship, love, and happiness through the power of the written word.

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Could you please tell us a little about your book?

The topic of my book Dear Friend is about pen palling and journaling. How I started pen palling, and how I started journaling in different ways. Sharing different pen pal views on pen palling. I learned about pen palling and journaling from my own experiences in my life. I started at the age of ten. And now I am 68 years young and still running two pen pal clubs. I love pen palling it’s my work and being an author.

Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?

I wrote this book to help inspire others to make a change in their lives, by learning to communicate by handwritten letters or now chatting on the computer, or talking on the phone. They have choices today, which I didn’t have growing up. Writing letters is more personal when you open your mailbox you have email from friends and not just bills or no mail at all. Letters from others makes you happy and excited it just makes your day.

What cause are you most passionate about and why?

I am passionate about my writing, because when I write my mind is clear and the words just come out what I want to write down a paper.

Do you have any rituals you follow when you finish a piece of work?

Yes I have a good ritual I feel I did a good job and jump for joy that I accomplished it on my own. Feeling good about yourself is very important when you are a writed.

Who has influenced you throughout your writing career?

I had a lot of help doing my writing career, my family, husbands, friends, relatives they all supported me and gave me the encouragement to go ahead with my dream of writing.

What are some of your long term goals?

I would like to write another book like a sequel to my Dear friend book in the near future, as all my pen pals friends keep asking me when im going to do it.

ABOUT CHERI DEGROOT

Cheri DeGroot loves writing letters and journals of her life. Pen palling helps her make new friendships by reaching out through written letters and by computer. DeGroot has initiated several pen pal clubs. She has three grown children and seven grandchildren and lives in Milverton, Ontario, with her husband, Joe.

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And Face the Unknown by CD Harper Book Feature

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ABOUT AND FACE THE UNKNOWN


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 And Face the Unknown
Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: CD Harper
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 232
Language: English
ISBN – 978-1-47594-754-0

As Levy clings to a tree high above a river and tries to catch his breath, he doesn’t know what to do next. He has been a slave for Mr. Willoughby since he was little boy, and now things are changing. Unsure of what year it is, Levy escapes the jaws of slavery on the cotton plantation. He is a runaway slave without a plan.

As soon as he sees a boat floating in the river, Levy knows what he must do. With Mr. Willoughby on his tail, Levy boards the boat and hides behind the big wheel. As he somehow eludes capture, he begins a journey with a colored captain at the helm who works for none other than Levy’s former owner. As the captain takes Levy under his wing and they travel down the river, Levy finally learns what it’s like to be a free man with choices and the ability to make decisions for himself. But danger lurks around every curve, and Levy soon finds that his journey to independence will not come without challenges.

In the second installment of this historical tale, a Lincoln-freed Colored risks everything in order to realize the sweet taste of liberty and justice for all.

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CD would love to recommend the following books:

playing in the dark: whiteness and the literary imagination  Toni Morrison

Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865   James Oakes

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DIXIE: The Civil War and The Social Revolution That Transformed the South     Bruce Levine

The Empire Of Necessary: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World  Greg Grandin

ABOUT CD HARPER

CD Harper is a retired professor and arts administrator who holds degrees from the University of Illinois and St. Louis University. His first novel, Covenant, began the story that now continues in And Face the Unknown, the second installment of an intended trilogy. He and his wife reside in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.

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High Up in the Rolling Hills by Peter Finch Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

ABOUT HIGH UP IN THE ROLLING HILLS

Title: High Up in the Rolling Hills

Genre: Biography/Memoir

Author: Peter Finch

Publisher: iUniverse

EBook: 204 pages

Release Date: April 24, 2013

In his youth, Peter Finch wove his way through a series of exploits and adventures. Travels took him to Canada, where a fateful encounter in the Rocky Mountains opened up new horizons. In midlife he and his wife Gundi made the shift to country living, ushering in a new phase in their life, as they set down roots in the hills and settled into a deliberately simplified lifestyle.

Peter relates how he and Gundi immersed themselves in ways guided by nature. As she created and sold glass sculptures, he sunk his hands and tools into pure glacial-till soils, sowing, planting, and growing culinary and medicinal herbs, heirloom vegetables and salad greens to take to farmers markets and restaurants in and around Toronto. Invigorated by the pleasures and health benefits of growing, selling, and eating fresh organic food, Peter reveals how he became a passionate advocate of traditional, small-scale, chemical-free farming.

High Up in the Rolling Hills shares the personal journey of an independent couple as they explore the vital role of nature, creativity, and healthy food in life.

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A River of Tears, the River of Hope by Orit Rehany Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

 

ABOUT A RIVER OF TEARS, THE RIVER OF HOPE

 

 

A River of TearsTitle: A River of Tears, the River of Hope
Genre: School & Teaching/Inspirational
Author: Orit Rehany
Publisher: AuthorHouse
EBook: 151 pages
Release Date: December 17, 2013

A River of Tears The River of Hope centers on the saga of the Two Torah Scrolls, and of an fluent and thriving community living peacefully for 2600 years until World War II and the events of Nazism, anti-Semitism and hatred took place in the ancient region known as the Cradle of Civilization, or modern days Iraq. The creation of Iraq by the British installed an unsuccessful attempt at Monarchy. The results were staggering and ultimately ended in the displacement of an entire community to Israel and the first settlement of the community in this newly created State. A River of Tears The River of Hope follows the enchanting and fascinating Murad family. The Murad family brought to Israel a proud heritage to share with the world including the two Torah Scrolls of their beloved father and grandfather, Rabbi Ezra Murad. Rabbi Murad’s two Torah Scrolls traveled with the family to Israel, where he was rightfully recognized as an important and impactful role models. His name shined within the community in Baghdad, and his memory and the valuable Two Torah Scrolls continued to stand out in Israel. While settling in Israel the Murad family showed us the most valuable elements of hope, drive, and determination as they continued to thrive in Israel and Canada. They continued to believe in their abilities to succeed. Indeed, as their lives changed and they relocated, the Murad family always maintained focus and the belief in their ability to survive and flourish. A River of Tears The River of Hope will welcome readers into the history of the Murad family and their amazing journey from a world filled with oppression and tyranny, to one supported by acceptance and support.

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Xetonian Trades IV by J. Wayne Stillwell Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

ABOUT XETONIAN TRADES IV

Title: Xetonian Trades IV

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Author: J. Wayne Stillwell

Publisher: AuthorHouse

EBook: 250 pages

Release Date: January 21, 2014

The Augerite invasion and the Reaper war convinced the United Galactic Treaty Organization (UGATO) leadership that the galaxy must be teeming with intelligent life that their descendants would eventually meet. Some would be hostile so they decided to use time travel for preemptive defense purposes. By knowing the future they might be able to take action in the present to enhance their security. UGATO had originally justified the time ship’s cost by promising to locate and visit God to discuss his real purpose, the meaning of life and the mysteries of the spiritual world. This was soon abandoned as fool hearty. UGATO traveled back in time 2,900 years to visit the Xetonian Messiah Graciana who convinced them that a precise understanding of God is not possible purely through the use of technology. God cannot be known in a physical sense and it would always require a measure of faith in order to achieve a state of grace. As the Unitarian survivors of the Big Bang and their alien allies continue their manifest destiny in the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond by traveling in time, their faith and courage would be tested. They were about to breech the zero time barrier or what the news media had dubbed ‘Infinities gate’.

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Making Lemonade with Ben: The Audacity to Cope by Katherine Perreth – Win a Kindle Paperwhite!


Making Lemonade with Ben 

With deftly wielded humor and heart-wrenching candor, Katherine Perreth vividly recounts the myriad physical, mental, emotional and spiritual repercussions stemming from her son’s massive brain hemorrhage. Seven-year-old Ben suffers numerous disabilities and, later, mental health challenges. Yet, love wins.

Making Lemonade With Ben is a compelling Cinderella story tracing sixteen years of Ben’s life. It begins with the night a University of Wisconsin Hospital neurosurgeon saved Ben, and follows Ben through young adulthood. Although he encounters years of substantial obstacles, in 2011 his never-say-die cheery attitude and uber-outgoing ways ultimately carry him to Washington D.C. There he represents the Madison Children’s Museum, his employer, at a national award ceremony. Wearing his ankle-foot-orthosis with a smiley face on the back, Ben juggles one-handed everywhere he goes, accomplishing his life goal: “Make humanity smile.”

Universal themes of perseverance and compassion encourage readers to contemplate contemporary issues: mental illness treatment, recovery and stigma, the role of intentional employers in the lives of those with disabilities, and the success that can occur when a community values all of her citizens.

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I’m 53, and because of mental illness, I didn’t think I was going to make it out of my forties. The glorious day I hit 50, I felt I’d really accomplished something – chose to live long enough to gleefully exit that fifth decade.
At age 51, I reinvented myself by writing Making Lemonade With Ben: The Audacity to Cope (MLWB). At heart, it’s a love story with multiple threads. (The book also includes a cameo appearance by Johnny Depp. When Johnny hugs you at 4:00 in the morning, you know you have a story.)
I love new experiences, and MLWB has led to some oddities: having an Olympic-like medal placed around my neck for “Nonfiction: Inspirational,” and receiving a standing ovation. The latter occurred after Ben and I delivered the 2014 keynote speech for our local National Alliance on Mental Illness annual banquet. My uber-outgoing, cheerfully charming 25-year-old son, robbed of various abilities at age seven, and for a time, his speech, also juggled lemons one-handed on stage. (This had a great deal to do with that standing O I’m thinkin’.) You simply cannot stop Ben from communicating with humanity, pursuing his goal to make everyone smile.
People ask what my family thinks about MLWB. I gave my kids the three censorship options: Trust me, I’m your mother, read the entire manuscript, or read only the sections in which you feature. Ben read it all and offered insights, commentary, and clarifications, making MLWB so much richer. In fact, three of his essays are included, and I gave him the last word. My other two kids chose to read only their appearances, and approved them all – I threatened to stop cooking nightly dinners if they didn’t.
My husband read every draft, adding his voice while encouraging me to keep mine. Whenever I wanted to yank a section, because I felt too vulnerable, he talked me out of it. I took his advice except for the chapter entitled “A Woman Is A Woman.” He asked if I could at least blow up some shoes. Ain’t gonna happen.
People often muse that writing the book must have been cathartic. Actually, all the writing I did for years before beginning MLWB was cathartic. Organizing the writing, weaving in black, white and gray humor and my Creative Cathartic Vignettes, putting all that together into one hefty rectangle, was healing. I often say MLWB is my heart and soul in 3D – it may be a broken heart, but it has been soldered.
In conclusion, I’m passionate about removing stigma from mental illness. The sooner we all understand that mental illness is just like physical illness, the better. Mental illness is nothing new, nothing to be ashamed about, is a global concern, and can be a killer – just like physical illness.
Powerful good can happen when a community values all of her citizens through intentional employers and proper mental illness treatment and support. Ben’s life bears witness to that.
 
About Katherine Perreth


Katherine holds UW-Madison Social Work and Sociology degrees, is a reporter for her hometown newspaper, the Middleton Times Tribune, and conducts a class on reminiscence writing. In addition, in her role as administrative staff with WESLI (an ESL school on Madison’s capitol square), she deals in chalk. And paper. Oodles of paper. She recently took an EmptyNester Victory Tour with her husband of 28 years, but hasn’t yet changed the locks on their home. Their three kids can still get in.

Her latest books is Making Lemonade with Ben: The Audacity to Cope

Drop by to pay her visit at: www.katherineperreth.com.

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