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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Interview with author Mary Tiffin



At Dreams’ End

Mary Tiffin is President and Founder of RunLites, a wearable technology solution that puts light where it's needed most, offering powerful, hands-free personal LED lighting in the form of gloves.   Fourteen years ago, Mary lost her best friend and husband, David, to a virulent form of Leukemia.   David and Mary had always been fitness enthusiasts and prior to his illness and because of their busy careers, they found their only exercise time to be at night - generally long walks or runs in the moonlight when they would talk about their shared passion for inventing products.  Because she believes in the power of community and prayer and bringing light into darkness – as she did with RunLites – Mary dedicated herself to sharing her story to help others who may be going through a similar situation find love and hope again. Mary lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania with her three sons ages 21, 16 and 14. For more information, see:

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book? The book is a true story about my husband David’s battle with cancer. I decided to write At Dreams' End to keep his memory alive for our three sons. David died before the children were old enough to really know him; the youngest was just an infant.  And also for others to know that light can come from darkness...both literally and figuratively.
  
2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader? At Dreams’ End takes readers on a journey of belief, love and hope that illustrates both the power of community and the power of prayer. Over the course of David's illness, I reached out to a few friends, then a few more and asked for their prayers. Before long tens of thousands were praying for everything from blood counts to rise to rashes to subside and reduced fevers.  The results were surprising to many, including the doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where much of the book takes place. The book is intended to bring hope to all who are facing life’s challenges, others who will appreciate its relevance to the ‘biblical truth’ that from darkness comes light.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down? Even though David did not survive, he is still my inspiration, as a mother, business owner and now, author. What I hope our story illustrates to readers is that it is possible to move past a devastating loss and gain a renewed faith to go beyond what they might believe are their limits.  My story is like many others in that sadly, we all experience dark periods, we all experience tragedy in one form or another, these are the things of life.  I hope that my story serves as a reminder that from dark light can, and usually does come.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? It took me 14 years to pull this story together and it was very painful to relive this chapter of my life. My advice to other writers is that if you believe you have a story to tell that can bring hope to others, it is worth the time and effort to persevere and get it written.
5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? I think that many books these days tell sad stories that have happy endings, like At Dreams' End.  In today’s world, a book that heralds a new beginning is more inspirational than ever. 

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book? When I found myself a single mom, I knew that I had to be there for my kids. Raising boys is high energy and lifelong and I needed to work during the day and find time to exercise was at night, so fitting in time to write as well was a huge challenge.  In addition to writing the book, I invented RunLites to help busy people run or walk safely anytime of night.  

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? My book provides not only inspiration, but also tangible support for those with loved ones suffering from terminal illnesses.

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs 

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