Dori Ann Dupré and Writing Through Grief: Literary Communities, Great Reads, & #metoo-Ep.54

A guest episode with southern fiction, women’s fiction, and literary fiction author Dori Ann Dupré. Dori is the author of the international award-winning debut novel, Scout’s Honor, and Good Buddy, her second novel, currently under representation. She chats with Kelsey about publishing a book in the midst of tragedy, using writing as a way to work through grief and so much more.

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  • Dori’s website:
  • Dori’s guest post on Tibetan Lemonade: Launching a Book in the Midst of Tragedy
  • Scout’s Honor –
  • Good Buddy –
  • Other project links:
  • Tell us about your novel, Scout’s Honor:
  • What is it about? #MeToo
  • What inspired it?
  • What was the toughest part in writing it?
  • You talk a lot about using writing to help contend with grief and then process grief. Tell us a bit more about this. Grief writing workshop development
  • You are a contributing blogger with the Hope For Widows Foundation. What does the foundation do? Hope for Widows is an established 501c3 Non-Profit Organization that was formed as a support system for, and developed by widowed women.
  • The current and future need for Hope for Widows is enormous. In the United States alone, an estimated 800,000 and growing women lose their husbands each year. Emotion combined with uncertainty exacerbates the shock of losing a spouse, partner, soul mate. Many emotions and secondary losses and circumstances can leave each of us experiencing extreme grief due to loss, environment, depression, loneliness, guilt, want, blame and a feeling of worthlessness. We are here to walk through these feelings with you, offer support and be a non-judging and understanding ear to listen. Each of our walks are unique, we encourage you to walk through yours with the understanding of that and the support of our community.
  • Hope for Widows knows first-hand how hard it is to pick up the pieces when a husband and oftentimes a father pass. It can be devastating for even the strongest of women. Immediately the burdens of the spouse’s role are placed upon the shoulders of the grieving widow who has to be strong in the weakest of moments and times.
  • Our help is not formally trained, it comes from each of our experiences, the innate understanding of walking through and sometimes what it seems may even be crawling through this uncharted journey. Each of our encounters and sharing allows us to learn and grow together. This community is positive, empowering and we understand that not every day will be positive and empowering, but we lift each other in the best way we each know how to.
  • How did you get involved? A fellow widow recommended me as a blogger to the community
  • You mentioned (way back in July) that you were reading The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer. How’d you like it? It was a baptism into understanding the nature of consciousness.
  • What are you reading now? Wouldn’t Be Fittin by J. Griffin Hughes
  • What book has had the biggest impact on you? Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck

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