Today I’m delighted to welcome my friend Phoebe Leggett to Rhyme and Reason. I had the pleasure of meeting Phoebe a few years ago when I joined a local writer’s group. She’s a prolific writer and I think you’ll understand why her latest project was also her most meaningful one. Welcome, Phoebe!

When did you decide to write your book, It’s My Time To Grieve
When my twenty-two-year-old son was killed in a car crash, I felt a deep desire to help others who were also grieving. My dad had already passed when my son died. A couple of years later, my best friend was diagnosed with cancer, and later passed. Following her death, my mother died. These deaths prompted me to write my first book, It’s My Time To Grieve.

What exactly is the book about?
When I received a tragic call in the middle of the night nearly eight years ago, my life was forever changed. My twenty-two-year-old son had just been killed in a car crash. Devastated and confused, I embarked on a long and difficult journey to recovery.

Using personal experiences as a guide, I share personal stories while providing a resource for others to successfully navigate through the grieving process, including:

  • Moving through the stages of grief
  • Managing the holidays 
  • Handling the emotions of fear, anger, and regret
  • Dealing with the death of a child, spouse, parent, sibling, friend, or pet 
  • Sharing the pain
  • Gaining comfort and healing from the Bible 
  • Moving forward

It’s My Time to Grieve offers hope for the brokenhearted with the comfort God provides.

I understand you have contributor stories in your book. Could you share a little bit about that? 
The best of contributor stories are included in my book, such as:

Ann Tatlock, an award-winning novelist from North Carolina, reveals the crushing loss of losing her mother, and the devastation that followed.

Belle Woods, from Illinois, writes about losing her husband of many years when he passed during the Christmas season.

Carolyn Knefely, from South Carolina, writes about the infant daughter she lost years ago.

Cathy Pendola, from Texas, shares personal pain after her teenage son lost his life in a fatal car accident.

Lori Marett, from North Carolina, writes how her close relationship with her dad helped her deal with his death in a positive way.

Vonda Skelton, from South Carolina, writes about the passing of her father and the horrendous pain she felt following his death.

Is there another book in the works?  
Currently, I’m writing my second book, Tied to Terror, which features my struggle as a battered wife with three small children, and how I escaped my abuser. Valuable information for battered women will be offered in the book. Contributor stories from women in similar circumstances will also be part of the manuscript, along with Bible verses that provide God’s point of view concerning abuse, and restoration.

(Cathy here!) Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Phoebe. I pray God will bless your desire to reach out to others who are suffering.

Phoebe Leggett is a freelance writer who has published articles, stories, devotionals, and poetry. Although she spends many hours developing her writing craft, her family is most important. She resides in Simpsonville, South Carolina with husband and three felines. My Time to Grieve is Leggett’s debut book. Visit her online at www.phoebe-leggett.com.