FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF THE HEALING GAME-SUZY MILHOAN

12 Oct

FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF THE HEALING GAME-SUZY MILHOAN

Suzy Milhoan author of “The Healing Game”

 

What would you like everyone to know about you?

I have been through a lot of tragedy over my lifetime, but I have not given up. I am a survivor and nothing will keep me down. I hope that what I have learned through it can help others who are struggling through the same things. That is the focus of several of my books as I just began my writing career.

What would you like for everyone to know about your book?

It is an inspirational story for others who have lost someone. It displays the progress of my grief from deep depression through my decision to move on and finally becoming happy again. It gives hope to others that if I could come out of what I did, so can they.

What genre does “The Healing Game” fall under?

 It is a memoir that falls under the autobiography genre.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I was in school and had to write a creative non-fiction piece and decided to use the subject of losing my husband from colon cancer. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take myself back into that deep subject, but thought it would help me heal even further, so I did. It was a great piece and did help me further. Later, I decided I would write a book on it to help others who are dealing with a loss and also as a tribute to my husband, Kevin. The responses I have received from the book prove I was successful in doing both.

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like ?

I try to write everyday, but with my schedule that is sometimes hard. My schedule is setup to write a few hours in the morning and a few in the afternoon. With that, I also have time scheduled for reading. I believe reading books in your genre are just as important to learn from others.

As you know, Hotlit Books’ goal is to help authors, so what advice do you offer?

Read just as much as you write. Read successful writers in your genre. Not only will you learn tips from their writing style, but also ideas will pop into your head based on what you read.

 

What past or present author would you like to collaborate on a book and why?

My favorite author is Jodi Picoult. I would love to collaborate with her. I am amazed how she is able to write in multiple voices throughout a book, and then bring them all back together to a successful ending.

Will there be a follow up to “The Healing Game”? 

No, It was a one-time deal.

I read that you are working on “Where’s My Family” are you willing to give us some insight of what it is going to be about?

Sure. This is at the printers right now. It is about a family of rabbits that live under a deck in a burrow. The main character, Johnnie, is a rebel and doesn’t like to listen too well. He ignores what his mother tells him and gets into some trouble. Soon after, the family is trying to find him and they begin to disappear as well. Eventually, they are all reunited as a family in the end.

So what else is in the future for you?

I believe my path for now will be in stories that can help others and children’s books. My passion is to help others through the tragedy I have gone through in my life and also bring joy to children. I may do a series on the bunny family in “Where’s My Family” and I am deciding on which major project to do next right now.

I have always wanted to write about my childhood growing up with domestic violence and also child abuse. My hope is to write about it from the child’s voice so that mother’s could find the extra strength it takes to get out of the situation.

At some point, I believe I will write about my brother, Mike, who suffered from bi-polar and ended his life in suicide. Again, hoping to educate others on bi-polar and the importance for remaining on medication even when the patient feels fine.         

I have read Blindfolded and so sorry for your loss and it is great that you shared it.  How are you coping with it now?

What I have learned through the grieving process I suffered when I lost my husband has helped me cope with losing my brother. I am also able to help my mother. I now recognize the stages she is going through and I am able to talk intelligently to her about how she is feeling. Her greatest compliment to me one day after one of our long talks was when she said, “You just made my day.”

We just made it through my brother’s birthday on September 30th. He would have been 49. We gathered, as a family, at my mother’s to help her keep her mind of it. The 2-year anniversary of his death is October 26th, and I’m sure that will be another tough day.

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