Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book and Author Spotlight: Borrowed Angel by Erica Kiefer

I've really enjoyed connecting with Erica Kiefer, the amazing author of Lingering Echoes. When I heard about her book Borrowed Angel and learned about Erica's story, I knew I wanted to share it with the readers of this blog. Many of us have either experienced or love someone who has experienced this kind of heartbreak as told in Erica's words about the loss of her beloved son, Ty.  Erica's hope is that, by sharing her experience, she can help ease some of the pain for those currently grieving the loss of a precious child.  Here's more about Borrowed Angel and this inspiring author:



Author: Erica Kiefer
Publisher:  Currawong Press
Published: April 9, 2014

Purchase:  Amazon | Deseret Book

Blurb: 

 “A day at a time, a week at a time, we hoped we would survive this.” 

Borrowed Angel is the poignant story of a mother who lost her first child to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In this captivating book, the author describes her journey through the gauntlet of grief and reveals how hope can be found even amid tragedy. 

Weaving spirituality with a practical approach to healing, Borrowed Angel reflects on motherhood, the grieving process, and the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.


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Erica has generously shared these heart-wrenching but touching excerpts and a brilliant post on her blog.  Just click the links below to be directed to Erica's beautiful site: 

And here's a wonderful interview from Erica's Borrowed Angel launch party!  Thanks so much for sharing, Erica -- I love this Q&A!

What is your favorite part of writing? 

I enjoy helping people feel emotion, which is probably why Lingering Echoes is emotionally driven. In Borrowed Angel, while I know readers will cry, I know it will help people better understand (and feel to a certain extent) what it’s like to lose a child or feel out of control… and then I hope readers can feel the comforting spirit that I felt and the beauty of the messages that I came across in my experiences. One of my favorite parts of writing is also hearing feedback and how readers connect with my work.

Is there a word, phrase or quote you like? 

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ~ Plato

Before I was a mother and an author, I started my career as a Recreation Therapist. I’ll spare you the novel answer. In short, as a Recreation Therapist I believe in the power of spending time with people outside of conversation. When you interact with someone through play, whether it be sports or going for a walk, or whatever your favorite activities may consist of, barriers are quickly broken down. When people are having fun, I believe we all relax a little more and allow our true nature to emerge in ways that a formal conversation would not. I love to play!

Proudest moment? 

Giving birth to my son, Ty was my proudest moment. I went into the hospital to be induced and it all happened within four hours! The anesthesiologist didn’t make it in time, and my doctor arrived during the last ten minutes to “catch” my boy. It was scary and exhilarating at the same time to be able to hold my very first baby, especially under the crazy circumstances!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

In both Lingering Echoes (which I wrote first) and Borrowed Angel, the underlying theme is finding ways to heal through grief. In Lingering Echoes, the two main characters, Allie and Damien, have painful experiences from their pasts that they are keeping to themselves, and it is only after meeting each other that their pain bonds the two of them. With my personal experiences in Borrowed Angel, like my characters in Lingering Echoes, I felt like certain people came into my life to help me work through my grief. There is power in grieving together.

Goals for your book? 

For Lingering Echoes, I would love to see it on the shelves of Barnes & Noble under “teen favorites.”

For Borrowed Angel, I just hope my experiences can ease some of the pain for parents suffering from loss or others struggling with challenges in their lives. That first year is so raw…if I could do anything to ease even a small measure of that hurt through the experiences shared in Borrowed Angel, that would make me happy.

Dream vacation? 

If I could have warm weather, a beach, and a place to lay out with a book or close my eyes and nap under the sun, that would be a dream vacation for me! Now, if I want to dream a little deeper…add in massages, manicure, pedicures, cheap shopping at a market and I’d be set!

Something unique about you? 

One of the things that bonded my husband and me in college was that we both played rugby for BYU in Provo. That was an incredibly fun time! The men and women’s rugby team hold a special place in our hearts, especially considering the touching act they provided on the day of Ty’s funeral. (You’ll have to read the book to find out!)

How many countries have you visited? 

United States, Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Phillippines, China, New  Zealand… 10! I lived in the first five.

About the Author: 

Erica Kiefer was born on Christmas Eve in Southern California to an American father whose ancestors arrived from Europe during colonial times and a Thai mother who moved to the US during high school. Adding to her rich and varied heritage, Erica grew up living abroad in Asia, including Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand and Indonesia. She gained a great respect for the beautiful mosaic of cultures found in various parts of the world. After graduating from International School Bangkok, she attended Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a degree in Recreation Therapy. Her career as a Recreation Therapist has allowed her to work with at-risk youth since 2007.

Erica made the best decision of her life by marrying her husband in 2005 and is currently a mother of three, one of whom awaits her in heaven. Erica also loves singing, reading, writing and satisfying her sweet-tooth with chocolate-chip cookies. Playing collegiate rugby was one of the most memorable experiences of her life, thus far. 

Erica's first book, Lingering Echoes, was signed by Clean Teen Publishing and is scheduled to release in early November 2013. 


Here's where you can find and follow Erica:





Thank you so much, Erica, for sharing your story and for stopping by the blog today.
 You are an amazing woman, my friend.

chelesiggy

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