My book is a non-fiction called From Pain to Peace–A Journey From Rage to Forgiveness. My 17-year old daughter was killed by a drunk driver. From Pain to Peace is my compelling story, tracing my journey from rage to forgiveness and healing. It is a story of tragedy, but it is also a story of great joy. Pat shares her unique experience at an eight-day silent retreat where she finds a proven path to find spiritual healing.
Tell us something about yourself.
Born in Bremerton, Washington I only lived there six months. Life brought me to Brainerd, Minnesota, where, along with her husband, Gary, we have lived and raised three children: Tammy, Jeff, and Jennifer. I would describe myself as a person that has overcome a tragedy and cherishes every day of life given me. I do not take life for granted and does make the most of each day.
Pat held a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and is a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor. She has served as a Christian family therapist, facilitated hospice grief groups, and is a frequent speaker for Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, and other groups. Pat helped start her local MADD chapter. Her message of hope and healing has been an inspiration to thousands.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had a story to tell that would be helpful to many people. It gives hope and inspiration to others grieving, dealing with anger, divorce, or other painful circumstances. After the death of my daughter, anger, bitterness and rage consumed me. When you reach this depth of despair– when life seems like it will never be good again–how do you go on? Pat thought there would never be peace again. She was wrong. Pat found a method of forgiveness when she thought it would be impossible. This method can be used by others experiencing pain or loss. My story describes that peace and happiness can be possible following a tragedy.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
For me the hardest part of writing was staying with it. At times the words would come easily, and then other times I would stare at a blank piece of paper. When I started to write I didn’t know how difficult it would be and how time consuming. For several years I had kept a journal and that helped tremendously in my writing. It took several years for me to complete my book as times it was too emotional and I had to put it away. Over time I had three different people edit for me and that is time consuming. Over all it was a great experience.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?
Yes, I did learn that my anger was more intense then I had realized when I was going through the emotions initially. When I looked back at my journal entries, I was surprised at some of my hateful and rageful feelings. It was good to recognize that these negative emotions could be overcome.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Believe in yourself and don’t give up. Write from your heart and don’t be too critical of yourself and your writing. When you get rejections from publishers, don’t take it personally as there are many reasons for rejections. Persistence in taking time to write and finding a publisher is key. It is crucial to find a good editor to polish your work.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
By going to my website: http://www.patbluth.com you can find out more about me and my book. You will be able to download and read the first chapter of the book, From Pain to Peace. You will be able to read testimonials in how reading the book has been helpful to others.