This is a blog about loss that often isn't acknowledged by society. Validation, reclamation, and hope will be shared.
Amy Saltz, author of An Essential Song, relates her experiences about living after attempting suicide. This site is meant to be a safe place for others to gain mutual support.
Author has chosen well to write this book in the present tense, giving the reader a sense of the now that brings so many of the book’s settings and sensory details to life. We get a chilling wind, the dampness of the forest, the movement of water, and the author engages a tremendous sense of experience in the realm of the story. Author excels at gorgeous phrasing to elicit emotions throughout. When the strangers begin their walk together, they share ‘the parallel depths of their wounds.’ I would have loved some dialogue here to give these characters individual depth and differentiation, but the author moves the pace so naturally and so well that the lack of dialogue can be accepted as a narrative device. When the storm hits and she loses him, we’re given a resonant insight, that he never left her. We can hear the plaintive cry as she calls out to her soulmate, and the silence and futility deeply move us. We feel the loss, an emotion so beautifully created by the author in well-chosen …
Hi! Welcome to this blog. I recently wrote and published a book entitled An Essential Song. It's a metaphorical story of love, loss, recovery, and healing. The book takes the reader on a journey through hopelessness to wholeness. That's what I hope this blog can do!
I was very happy to be interviewed by Reader Review recently and discuss "An Essential Song" with them! Here's a few excerpts:
Welcome Amy and thank you for being with us today! Why don’t
you start by telling our readers a bit about your journey to becoming a
One of the tools I utilized with my
bereavement counselor and trauma specialist was writing. I began writing
a story about my husband Leon’s death and put it aside when I met my
next life partner, Ben. I picked up the story again after Ben died, then
put it back in the folder. When the bereavement counselor and trauma
specialist retired, I picked up the story again to bring it to fruition,
so I could thank them while they’re still alive.
What was your biggest challenge writing “An Essential Song?”
biggest challenge was discovering a way to tell an honest story that
contains sadness without being too heavy for the reader. The idea to
utilize colorful illustrations helped me create im…