Saturday, October 16, 2021

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway - Holding On Loosely: Opening My Hands, Lightening My Load and Seeing Something Else by Dana Knox Wright

Welcome to my stop on the book blog tour for Holding On Loosely: Opening My Hands, Lightening My Load and Seeing Something Else by Dana Knox Wright. This blog tour was organized by Lone Star Book Blog Tours. On my stop, I have info on the book as well as an interesting interview with the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of the book, a goodie basked, and a night at the Llano Line Shack. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Holding On Loosely: Opening My Hands, Lightening My Load and Seeing Something Else
Author: Dana Knox Wright
Publication Date: August 24th 2021
Print Length: 208 pages
Genre: Memoir/Self-Help
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Helicopter parents. Control freaks. Perfectionists. Intolerants. Over-consumers. Social media junkies. We all fit in there somewhere. Read one woman’s stories of clinging, turning loose, and becoming free.

We are overly busy helicopter parents, control freaks, perfectionists, intolerants, over-consumers and social media junkies--who worry, fear, laugh less, and always want more. In the midst of it, we wonder what it would feel like to open our hands and turn loose of all of it.

In HOLDING ON LOOSELY: Opening My Hands, Lightening My Load, and Seeing Something Else, author Dana Knox Wright tells stories of one who is hardwired to cling. To her children when they asked for a blessing to go. To someone else’s ideas, when she didn’t trust her own. She held on to prejudice when she would tell you she didn’t. She shut down for days while clinging to fear. She clung to youthfulness as if what would come next couldn’t be her life’s cherry on top.

In a particular season of her life, she recognized her bent to possess, to keep, to hold tightly, and to control was completely contrary to Jesus’ example. This is one woman’s history of holding on and her stories of turning loose--stories of the gentle and firm, humorous and heartbreaking ways God led her to turn loose. It is living minimally from the inside out.

Dana Knox Wright began letting go of fear at fifty. It’s the decade where, in an odd twist, Sandra Bullock asked for her autograph—the decade she began hiking to places with seriously wild animals, rafting in crazy rivers and eating wild blackberries with only mild concern rabid foxes eat from the plants, too. After a long career in radio voiceover, she found a passion for spreading goodness and living to the full. She has offered readers encouragement, hope and sisterhood for almost ten years through her essays published on her blog.
 
Dana holds a degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and is the author of Saving Stories: Afternoons with Darrell (2017). She is the mother of three adult children and three grandchildren and currently lives in a small river town in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and an English Mastiff named Pearl.

- How has being a Texan influenced your writing?
As a lifetime Texan, I think of everything in terms of wide-open spaces, including writing. In such an expanse of space, I’ve always understood there is plenty of room for everyone to tell their story. This idea is completely freeing. Being welcomed at the table is a priceless gift for a writer.

- Why did you choose to write in your particular genre?
Because I had something to say--something I thought might add value to someone else’s life and at the same time work out a few things in my own.

- Where did you love of books come from?
My mother, who enrolled me in the summer reading program at my hometown library. It was favorite part of summertime.

- What kinds of writing do you do?
Slice of life essays, nonfiction with just a twist of memoir.

- How do you write?
On my computer mostly. However, I have so many voice memos on my phone--ideas that’ve come to me when I’m away from my desk. For example, I plan to try my hand at a novel next. The opening paragraph of the book is recorded as a voice memo.

- What cultural value do you see in writing and storytelling?
Writing and storytelling are records of history--the good and the bad of it. They will tell future generations how we lived and what we thought about it. The beauty and the ugliness. Our stories freeze frame today for those who come after us. The value is immeasurable.

- How does your book relate to your faith?
Holding On Loosely is a book that came completely out of a faith journey--my journey to find a better way to walk through this life going forward after a season of despair. My faith that lived in me since I was a child was my navigation. Every chapter was a personal “aha” moment for me as I wrote it--seeing how I could walk for the rest of my days with an open hand and a lighter load.

- What do you think most characterizes you writing?
The conversational voice I use in my writing. I’m often told I write like I speak.

- What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Finding a stopping point. The stories kept pouring out, which is why it took me four years to write it!

- What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I enjoyed the vulnerability required for this project, though I didn’t enjoy it at first when my editor kept asking me to show more. In the end, I found it had actually refreshed me…to write words as they first came to me without trying to edit out the ones that might not please everyone.

- Do you have any rabbit-hole stories?
Actually I do. Google the name Al Schwimmer. I quite unexpectedly met his wife, Rina, on the streets of New York. Chapter 26. She would have been a chapter in my book even before I knew who her husband was. When I found out, I watched every documentary I could find on their fascinating and world-altering lives. I highly recommend going down rabbit holes!

- What does your perfect writing space look like? Is this what your ACTUAL space looks like?
Cozy and quiet. A lit candle. Mint hot tea. A favorite collection of small books for aesthetics. A hard copy of a thesaurus readily available. Ample desk space. My space looks exactly like this except for the “ample desk space” part.

- What do your plans for future projects include?
I’m in the “imagining” phase of my first fiction novel. I was once told to find my genre and stay in that lane. I was told it’s the way it’s done. After writing a children’s book and a couple of nonfictions, I think it’s the perfect time to throw in a fiction piece, don’t you? I say life is way too short to stay in one lane!
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GIVEAWAY:
Win a signed copy of Holding On Loosely by Dana Knox Wright, a goodie basket, and one overnight stay at the Llano Line Shack.
(US Only.) 
 

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