Interview with Dianne Leutner

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My aim in writing is to make every word fully meant, fully sincere and fully felt giving the reader honesty and clarity. The joy for me is that I believe that my words have a voice and the potential of making my readers feel with me and therefore helping them process their own emotions.
What do your readers mean to you?
My readers are the ones that don't brush grief and death under the carpet but face it.
I salute you!
Connecting with it will get you moving towards the light.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Focus and routine.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I'm busy being a mum to three very hungry boys.
Describe your desk
A green sofa filled with sunlight, a coffee shop table, a spot under a tree in the garden, the dashboard whilst waiting for my sons to come out of school and occasionally a very messy desk in a very messy office with a beautiful view of our garden with robins and squirrels going about their own business.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm in a small village in Holland where villagers would connect with each other. This connecting with people is something I believe has also influenced my writing.
When did you first start writing?
In 2006 just after my father died I wrote Remembering, my first book, as a legacy to my father. It's a child bereavement book that is highly commended by the British Medical Association and was nominated at the BMA 2010 book awards. It is available from Child Bereavement UK.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Given Time to Say Goodbye" was a three year journey of writing, during which I learnt what the term "good grief" really means. The memoir is about loosing my parents to cancer and two sisters to sudden death. I take the reader through the dark tunnel of grieving where the transformation to the light is born in the deepest darkness and where a tiny glimmer of light often had more meaning than a thousand suns.
Although the subject matter might feel dark, most of the book is a wonderfully positive work. It's the story of the death of two beautiful people, whose deaths are beautifully celebrated. A transformation of closure and moving forward takes place right at the end of the book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I received very encouraging rejection letters from some literary agents which gave me the confidence to go it alone. They loved the writing but death and grief apparently are too risky to take to the publishers. I feel strongly about my subject matter and more often than not grief and death get brushed under the carpet. I hope my book will be able to transform this taboo subject.
What are you working on next?
I am working on getting this book out there and help people along the way.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a little girl growing up in Holland I used to read Enid Blyton and the stories about English life, nature and boarding schools. It pulled me towards this beautiful, romantic and eccentric country that is England. I married the Englishman and we have lived here happily ever after.
Published 2015-10-15.
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Books by This Author

Given Time to Say Goodbye
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 74,640. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
Is there such a thing as good grief? This raw, honest and heartfelt memoir of a cancer caregiver acknowledges the darkness of loss—revealing the surprising healing properties of honest grieving.