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SJF: In a nutshell, tell us about your book or written piece.
MT: 6 Healing Questions: A Gentle Path to Healing Childhood Loss of a Parent is for adults who have lost a parent or parents at an early age, or for anyone facing a well of grief. I share my own story of loss, ask gentle questions, and provide easy-to-understand research.

By the end of the book, the reader will find that they can more readily access their emotions, uncover their unique gifts born of their pain, and find wholeness despite any tragic circumstance.

SJF: What has your experience been as a writer in San Diego?
MT: My experience as a writer in San Diego has been wonderful. When I started living full time in San Diego in 2012, I had the beginning of a writing project that had been put away. I discovered San Diego Writers, Ink — a wonderful organization with amazing instructors. I attended classes and began working on my writing project. As a result, I now have my soon-to-be-published book. Also, I am part of a wonderful and talented community of writers.

SJF: How has storytelling influenced your life?
MT: From the perspective of being an avid reader, I cannot imagine my life without the storytelling of others. As a writer, story connects us with others and forms community. This is my first experience with sharing a part my own story. The whole process of writing, thinking, and crafting the words is incredibly engaging. The quote from the poet Mary Oliver, “Now that I am free to be myself, who am I?” expresses what I feel about storytelling. The act of writing is about self-discovery and understanding. Sometimes we learn more about what we know and who we are by writing.

SJF: If you had a magic wand, what kind of opportunities would be available to writers in San Diego?
MT: I would love to see more opportunities and support for writers of all ages and economic levels.

SJF: What are you excited about when it comes to participating in the inaugural San Diego Writers Festival?
MT: I am excited about participating in the Writers Festival because it is a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with other writers and the literary community. In addition, I’m looking forward to reading a piece from my book that will be published in the fall. It’s exciting to be a part of the launch of the first SDWF.

SJF: What advice would you give to a new writer in San Diego?
MT: I suggest that new writers take advantage of all the resources available. Get involved in the writing community. San Diego has many opportunities to develop your writing. Take time to meet and spend time with other writers. Take advantage of the many classes and writing groups all over San Diego and the surrounding areas.

SJF: Many thanks, Madonna!

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