Title – I don’t know what to say but….
Author – Antoinette Koutsomihalis
Publisher/Published – Vivid Publishing / March 2016
Genre – Self Help
Pages – 50
Summary from Goodreands.
A beautiful hardback book of 50 quotes, messages ,advice and photographs to give in sympathy providing the words we wish to express condolences giving hope, comfort and support on the loss of a loved one.
A long lasting gift to give instead of or alongside cards and flowers. It is elegant, easy to read and heartfelt.
Back cover ” I may not know what to say during your time of grief but, in giving you this book, it provides the words I wish to express my deepest condolences and sympathies on the loss of your loved one”
5 out of 5 Stars.
My review for this will be short and sweet. This book was heart warming read that I think will be able to help many people through a time of grief and loss. I found it beautifully laid out with quote and pictures on each page. it was quite a calming read and I felt comforted the more I read, I felt as though I was drifting through the book and I felt quite contented by the end. I would really recommend this to anyone who is needing to find comfort in what can be a very difficult time. I genuinely believe that this book will help people through that time.
Interview with the Author.
Antoinette is a person I’m glad that I met, she is very kind and lovely and is also a very strong person and I had the privilege of asking a few questions as and interview for this post. I really hope you enjoy the interview, I for one was very moved by the answers Antoinette gave.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? – I have written since I was a little girl about 8 years old I started writing poetry and I knew since then that I wanted to write.
2.What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? – It is really busy. I am also a therapist and own a property investment company as well as being a self publisher so I am constantly busy. I try and write everyday jotting down notes and poems in between meetings and marketing and promoting my book and work.
3.What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? – I am a night owl I write between 10pm and 3am as it is when I am most creative and I am usually fuelled on caffeine.
4.What inspired the book? – I lost my Dad in 2010 and Mum in 2011 and it was during my treatment of Breast Cancer in 2013 I wrote a lot for emotional healing. I found that during those hard times I could count on one hand the people that were truly there for me and I didn’t want anyone else to go through what I had alone because people around them did not know what to say. I wanted to use my hardships and inspire others but in a way that it could be given as a gift to give to someone so they felt more loved and supported.
5.What made you chose the pictures you did? – My good friend Rebekah Taylor is a photographer and I approached her with my book idea and she jumped on board sharing my vision that the photography would be elegant, classy whilst inspiring and calming to people without triggering more grief.
6. Do you plan to write more self help books? – Yes I do plan on writing more self help books and publishing my poetry.
7.What is your favourite genre from reading? – My favourite is non fiction biographies and poetry.
8.Do you have any reading or writing habits that you stick to? – I journal and write notes, poems and quotes everyday and I try and read as much as I can
9.What is your favourite book? – Ooh this hard to narrow down it changes with how I am feeling..I have to say my most reread book is The Complete works of William Shakespeare.