T.H: What/who inspired the concept for your newest book Cry then Boss Up?
R.G: The book was a passion-filled project, one inspired by tragedy. I was inspired by my loss, my pain, and the difficult courage it took to coexist with my grief. I am glad that I was able to use that grief as a tool not only for my empowerment but also for empowering others to realize that you can bounce back from your lowest point.
T.H: Describe the ideal reader for your book.
R.G: I welcome all to read the book, there is a lesson in there for everyone. However, those who have suffered loss and are having challenges bouncing back may have more to gain from the story. So, if you have experienced a tragedy, stuck and unable to cope, if you are wondering how to pivot from their brutal loss or if you are seeking a way out of your current numbness and trying to pick up the pieces and building a new one from the wreckage this book is definitely for you.
T.H: If you could choose a particular moment from your book to share with potential readers, what would it be?
R.G: While all the chapters are a great read. The one that holds the most significant would-be chapter 10 which is titled, ‘It is Over- Now Boss up’. This chapter reminds readers that what’s done is done. Take the proper time to grieve but don’t live there. Your greater self awaits. There’s great beauty in feeling again so, do the work to get there. The chapter reminds readers “The things you can’t control, leave it to the wind” Realizing you have done all you possibly could have done and now it’s time to let go and believe that good things will happen for you and life will fall into place just as it should.
T.H: Each chapter is designed to be a part of a renewal/growth process. Can you share with readers how your book can be used as a source for their own personal renewal/growth journey?
R.G: Each chapter within the book reminds readers to go through the motions of grieving, depression, anxiety, anger, etc. seek professional help if you must, meditate, go for a run, have a glass of wine- whatever works for you. But know that you can’t stay there forever. It is not a healthy place. Cry and then Boss up. Boss up simply means it’s time to use that pain/hurt and turn it into something courageous! After all, you’ve gone through your worst and have now learned the art of controlling your emotions- tell me what can stop you now.
T.H: The “Process Sheet” allows for readers to actively become a part of your book. What was the goal behind this unique section for your readers?
R.G: I’ve added a process sheet after each chapter allowing readers to process what they have read. I encourage readers to answer the questions, dwell on them and truly make a conscious effort to realizing where they are within their healing process. The process sheet allows you to get naked with your truth answering them truthfully. I always recommend putting your thoughts into perspective and outlining your thoughts on paper. Only then do you untangle your distorted thoughts to think more logically. I strongly recommend completing each section process sheet and being brutally honest with yourself.
T.H: Can you give your fans/readers insight into your next writing project?
R.G: My next project is Grace and Aero’s wallet. This is a three (savings, Investing, and Entrepreneurship) part series introducing finance to early readers. “I am truly excited about this new project”
By Tatiana Handfield