Interview with Roxanne Hawn

Is the advice in this book *only* for people who've lost dogs? Or would it help someone who is grieving a cat or other companion animal?
Good question. The book does focus on the relationship between people and dogs, but I think much of the advice does apply across all kinds of grieving -- people, pets, you name it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
That's easy. Mountain girl adventures with my new border collie puppy, Clover.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh, boy. I'm told that I told people stories when I was very small, before I could write, but I guess the first actual story-story I wrote was probably in second or third grade.
What is your writing process?
I've been a professional writer my whole career, so I write every day during the work week. I wish I could tell you there is some real process to what I do and how I do it. Honestly, though, I just sit down at the computer and see what happens. Some days, I can write thousands of words in one sitting. Other days, I wrestle for hours with just one paragraph.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't, but my favorite book as a kid was The Monster at the End of This Book, Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover. I have a copy on my bookshelf now. In many ways, it's VERY telling about what holds me (and I'd guess many others) back in life.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly 20th-century and 21st-century fiction. Some literary in nature, but also fun, modern fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. My family faced much illness (including terminal illnesses) for 5 straight years. Having the Kindle with me at hospitals / hospice, especially when I had books written by friends on it, made me feel less alone at a lonely, stressful time in my life.
Describe your desk
Table. Very tidy. Just phone, lamp, computer screen, keyboard, and whatever project I'm writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Colorado. I think that's given me a Western mindset, so to speak. Years ago, when I first had the chance to write for The New York Times, one of my Denver newspaper editors told me that the NYT needed me more than I needed them ... because I brought a different perspective, different stories to my work. She may have only wanted to help me feel brave, but that idea stuck with me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Are you kidding? I live with a border collie. There is NO sleeping in.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I began blogging about about my first border collie, Lilly, in April 2007. A real-time memoir, the blog — called Champion of My Heart — chronicled life with a brilliant, sensitive dog. Then, things became complicated following Lilly’s rare adverse rabies vaccine reaction. The fight for Lilly’s life lasted 693 days. Lilly died December 17, 2013. Heart Dog: Surviving the Loss of Your Canine Soul Mate stems from that experience. I'm still recovering from this profound loss.

Having shared my life with dogs since birth, I found myself unprepared for the magnitude of grief after Lilly’s death. I've loved all the dogs in my life. I loved Lilly more than words can convey. Heart Dogs are different. The loss felt galaxies worse than I ever expected, and that’s saying something because I was born with a good imagination (especially for imagining the worst scenarios).
Published 2015-06-12.
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Books by This Author

Heart Dog: Surviving the Loss of Your Canine Soul Mate
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,230. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing
The death of any dog is hard. The death of a Heart Dog – a canine soul mate – is much, much worse. Even if you’ve experienced pet loss before, losing your canine soul mate is different. Typical grief advice isn’t nearly enough. Heart Dog offers practical ideas for coping with your grief and provides inspiration for finding your place in the world after such a profound loss.