Sometimes your tears say it all! They express a moment of grief, a sense of relief, emotions so deep – that even words aren’t enough. But sometimes, tears can help you find a fresh start. “Tears of Change” by Debbie Monteggia takes you on that new journey. Explore what led her to express her thoughts and experiences through poetry.
Hi Debbie, how do you feel about your book journey so far?
My book journey continues to be encouraging and inspiring! My interviews are very uplifting and engaging. It’s been exciting discovering new avenues for promoting my book and telling my story. I thoroughly enjoyed and continue to embrace all my interviews with the variety of radio/podcasts and talk show hosts. The feedback I’ve received from my book has been positive and rewarding. It pleases me when I hear how my poetry has helped my readers move through some of their own feelings and emotions.
What is the core purpose of your book?
To share my story and poetry with the world. Poetry speaks to us all in many ways. My book can be read for pleasure, contemplation, or self-reflection. My poetry touches all our emotions, joy, love, gratitude, and sorrow. I’m sure one can find themselves in one of my poems. We are all connected and share the same or similar feelings. My hope is that one or many of my poems will inspire my reader to take a leap into expressing their own emotions so they can reach a deeper place of love and gratitude within themselves.
How did you come up with Tears of Change for your book?
My poetry originated from my tears of sadness and despair and moved me to write about my tears of joy, grace, gratitude, and love. The title portrays this transition, “Tears of Change.”
Since you are a designer by profession, did you help with designing the gorgeous book cover? What was your brief to them?
The cover layout was a collaborative design by family members and myself. My husband came up with the title ‘Tears of Change’ and my son came up with the symbolic tree. I created the remaining designs, river, background, mountains, etc. I submitted all these ideas to my cover design company, and they created a beautiful colorful cover.
When did you first start writing poetry?
I have been writing poetry most of my life. My poetry journey began 25 years ago.
Could you share one touching review or letter you received from one of your fans that made your day?
This book is a revelation. Spiritual, uplifting, and unforgettable. Debbie has taken us gently, lovingly, and courageously by the hand to share poetry that represents her journey toward self-fulfillment and peace. The poetry spans many life passages, from friendship and children to loss and fear, all truthfully and beautifully rendered. I especially enjoyed the context of each of the poems; it was a window into her heart and soul as she expressed her emotions. I felt as if I were with her and experienced her joy and sorrow. The book opened to me how truth, pain and compassion can be transformative. I will not soon forget this book.
What is one of your favorite poems from the book? Could you share a few lines with us?
A Child’s World is one of my favorite poems.
I’m only a child please watch me grow
Teach me the things I need to know
My world is little I can’t yet see
My journey in life, my destiny
Guide me now when I am small
It’s these years that count the most of all…
Let’s do a round of rapid-fire questions. Ready?
Inspirations on a walk or shower?
Writing in the morning or late at night?
Classical or country music?
Interior Design or Writing
My passion is equal to both
Your favorite poet of all time
What’s the last movie you watched?
Stillwater with Matt Damon
What’s the next project?
2nd edition of my book