I am pleased to welcome Glynis Belec to the blog today!
Glynis has many passions but what keeps her going is inspiration from the everyday and a good helping of God’s word every morning along with an attitude of gratitude. As a happy, busy writer, children’s author and publisher, Glynis’s days are filled with sunshine, hope and a thousand reasons to be grateful. She is notorious for turning lemons into lemonade and dancing out loud even if everyone is looking. She enjoys words and when they cling together to inspire and encourage, Glynis counts her writing a success.
Her latest book is an anthology called Good Grief People.
Good Grief People is an anthology filled with real stories respecting and affirming the individuality of grief and the reality of hope.
The authors Alan Anderson, Glynis M. Belec, Barbara Heagy, Donna Mann, Ruth Smith Meyer, and Carolyn Wilker are all intimately acquainted with grief through personal losses. Their stories of family, friends and community members acknowledge that grief affects us all at some time in our lives.
Faith-filled reflections, experiences of a living God, quiet poetic contemplation and stories of loving families and supportive communities offer the reader some insight into the many ways people grieve.
Hi Glynis! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Glynis: Oranges. They remind me of sunshine. And don’t laugh – I peel my husband’s oranges so oranges also make me feel needed and loved.
Carrie: awwww!! (I giggled a little – is that ok?) 😉
Glynis: Summer. 100%. I LOVE the freedom I feel without socks, shoes and watching my garden grow. Not to mention, I like sunshine.
Carrie: #teamwinter I am in a distinct minority but I will not give in! lol
Glynis: Oh man. Decisions, decisions. I love dogs; big dogs with sunny personalities. But then cats are so sweet and wildly unpredictable. But dogs do as they are told. But then I admire the free spirit of cats. I think I am a cat. Okay, dogs.
Carrie: haha! I love this answer!
Glynis: 100% tea. Dad used to bring us tea in bed in Royal Worcester cups on a Sunday morning when we lived in Britain. I still have those cups (they are now antiques – sigh). I love the smell of coffee – but couldn’t drink it. Tea, please. Tetley in the morning and anything herbal in large quantities throughout the day.
Carrie: What a sweet memory! And yes, if coffee tasted as good as it smelled I would be in trouble.
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Glynis: Why do I love this question? I love superhero days with my grandchildren. We dress up and roam around town doing good deeds. I think I would like to have a superpower that would enable me to be in more than one place at a time then maybe I would be able to complete my to-do list on any given day.
Carrie: Superhero days??? AWESOME!!! I adore that.
Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
- One of the first books I remember reading cover to cover and crying my eyes out over was Beautiful Joe by Marshall Sanders. I was thrilled to find an original copy in a thrift store.
- Charlotte’s Web is one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. The characters are charming and vulnerable. I fell in love with them. And I think I own six copies. I am obsessed.
- In His Steps – a prized old book sits in an important spot on a table upstairs. A favourite of mine, found in a used book store many (many) years ago.
- Rubaiyat Of Omar Khayyam by Edward Fitzgerald – a book given to my mother in 1944 and passed on to me. It’s a Persian poem in book form but the wonderful thing about this book, besides its lovely red cover and gilt lettering is that it houses such beautiful information about how and why the poem was written and oodles about Fitzgerald, ‘the man’. So interesting.
- Emily Post’s book of Etiquette fascinates me and my perfect 1910 navy blue hard cover with gilt lettering sits properly (I might add) in the hallway on top of my bookshelf of old books gently pressed between two carved bookends.
These are my cherished books. I have thousand other favourites. Don’t get me started.
Carrie: Books connect us and linger with us so sweetly, don’t they?
If I snuck a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Glynis: If you sneaked a peek in my purse, right now, you might just faint. I am looking at it right now and chuckling. Well everyone chuckles at my purse. I have an entire novel in my purse. I mean the contents could be the basis for an entire novel. From hearing aid batteries (my Dad’s just in case) to a plastic bag of cars (I am a grandma at the ready), to essential oils because you never know, to my latest book – hey, it’s called marketing on the go, to the screwdriver set, the extra sharp scissors that are only mine, to pens, pencils, flashlight, and then there are business cards for those chance meetings … shall I go on? I suppose my purse would tell you that I am a seat of the pants writer with lots of good ideas waiting to explode on a page.
Carrie: LOL! Love it!
Why did you choose “grief” as a theme for this anthology? Why was that important to you?
Glynis: I happened to be chatting to a dear friend who was grieving for her second husband who had recently died from cancer. It was almost a year to the day that my younger sister had died unexpectedly so I was very sad and missing her. My friend told me that she had decided that instead of feeling sorry for herself and focusing on what she had lost, instead she was trying to focus on what she had – ten good years spent together. I loved her positive attitude and told her that she was showing some ‘good grief’ in her words. Then I said someone should write a book and call it Good Grief People. She was silent for a few minutes, then suddenly said, “Let’s do it!” Things blossomed from there. We ended up with four other writers on board and God has been blessing our project mightily ever since!
We have all lost quite a few family members and friends over the last few years and this felt so right honouring them and helping others in their grief journey at the same time.
Carrie: I just today watched an interview with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (who lost her husband two years ago) and it struck me how healthy she seems to be in her grief. From what she shared, it sounds like – from the start – she made a conscious effort toward “good grief”. Your stories and hers are so touching and inspiring!
What can readers expect from this compilation?
Glynis: Good Grief People offers no specific formula for grieving but it does offer an opportunity for readers to know they are not alone. Many of the stories are faith-filled true experiences of encounters with a living, loving God. Other stories relay a different kind of grieving and how those who are left behind cope in a crisis.
Death is part of life. Sometimes it can be a very painful part of life but it is something none of us can escape. Deep grief is a sign of deep love and the passionately written stories in Good Grief People honour and recognize that everyone grieves differently.
Carrie: It sounds like a powerful and encouraging collection!
What do you most want readers to take away from Good Grief People?
Glynis: The tagline for Good Grief People is “Easing the Sting of Death by recognizing and respecting the individuality of grief and the reality of hope in the process.” Our collective prayer is that readers will realize that their grief is okay and there are no time limits on grieving. There is always a reason to hope, though and through our stories, we pray that this is affirmed.
Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?
1 Corinthians 15:55
Carrie: Yes. Amen.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me, Glynis! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Glynis: Cleaning off my desk will be on my agenda. Cleaning out my purse would be next. And then, a new look (cover) and a few revisions to my children’s book – Mrs B Has Cancer. Can’t wait to get working on that one! Thanks for asking.
What about you? What’s something that stands out to you about Glynis and/or her book?