By Faye Rapoport DesPres
Soul to Soul: Tiny Stories of Hope and Resilience
From a girl comforted by a stray dog to a chance encounter at a waterfall, from a promising violist to the season’s first snowflakes, from four friends at a wedding to the hope in every sunrise, this collection of tiny stories is a book for our times. It offers tales of hope and resilience at a time when many readers could use a lift. Read several stories in a sitting, one every morning, or one or two before bed at night. Read them as meditations or choose some to share as bedtime stories. Soul to Soul will sit on your coffee table, find its way into your backpack or book club, and be the perfect holiday gift when it arrives this winter. Beautifully illustrated by European artist Anya Lauchlan, this special book arrives December 1, 2023 from Huntsville Independent Press.
Faye Rapoport DesPres
Discover the books, essays, fiction, and poetry of Faye Rapoport DesPres. Enter a world of animals, nature, entertainment, and the breadth of the human spirit.
From an astonishing blue jay to a lone humpback whale, from the back roads of her home town to the streets of Jerusalem and the Tower of London, debut author Faye Rapoport DesPres examines a modern life marked by a passion for the natural world, unexpected love, and shocking loss, and her search for a place she can finally call home in this beautifully-crafted memoir-in-essays.
Book 1, Stray Cat Stories
From a wily feral, to a member of the family, Little White’s story will charm the hearts of animal lovers everywhere. This is the true story of how Little White went from being a feral cat who faced danger at every turn to a well-loved indoor cat with a family of her own.
Book 2, Stray Cat Stories
ribbs was just a kitten when his human family abandoned him. His mom did her best to her best to find food and shelter for the two of them, but the streets are no place for a kitten! Finding their way into foster care, the two are soon separated when his mom is adopted. The little kitten is growing up fast, will Tribbs ever find his forever home?
Available November 1, 2023
The Art of Touch: A Collection of Prose and Poetry from the Pandemic and Beyond
Non-Fiction and Poetry
Psychologists, healers, massage therapists, academics, creative writers, and others reflect on or tell personal stories about what it means to be able to touch or experience touch, or to have to go without it—as so many did and still do because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They explore how transmissions such as texting may impede opportunities for touch, while those like Zoom may make it possible for people who otherwise might be left behind to stay “in touch.” From the experience of touching beloved animals to the life-changing ways in which books and performances can touch us, virtually all aspects of touch are acknowledged in these pages.
Taking Flight: Notes from the Writing Life
...even before the latest global events that are frankly frightening and challenging each of us in different ways, I felt it was timely to write and publish a book about overcoming obstacles and finding moments of hope and resilience in our daily lives. - Faye...
These are strange times. The Merriam-Webster dictionary's first definition of the word "strange" is: "different from what is usual, ordinary, or expected." What is "usual, ordinary, or expected" differs widely from country to country, culture to culture, community to...
It's November 1, the official launch date for The Art of Touch: A Collection of Prose and Poetry from the Pandemic and Beyond. In this book, which I co-edited with Joan Schweighardt and which includes one of my own personal essays, the unique voices of thirty-nine of...
I took this photo recently, just with my phone, while I was walking at a nature reserve near our home. Only days later did its significance hit me -- there is light not just after, but above the darkness. It's been a difficult month for people around the world....
Just a quick note of thanks to everyone who has been pre-ordering Soul to Soul: Tiny Stories of Hope and Resilience from Huntsville Independent Press. The book has been available for pre-order for 10 days, and I'm excited for those who eagerly ordered to start...
October is here -- and that means Huntsville Independent Press is now accepting pre-orders for my new book, Soul to Soul: Tiny Stories of Hope and Resilience! Not only that, but the publisher is offering a 10% discount through October 8 if you input the promo code...
Readers, Book Stores, Gift Stores, and Book Clubs: The First Printed Copies of Soul to Soul are Here!
Yesterday Huntsville Independent Press sent photos of the first printed copies of my new book, Soul to Soul: Tiny Stories of Hope and Resilience. I haven’t held the book in my hands yet, but the pictures already reveal what a beautiful book it is - thanks in great...
Last Thursday night, my husband and I returned from a week-long trip to England and Iceland. The trip had been in the planning stages for a year; we’d be surprising a friend in England for her 50th birthday, spending two days with her lovely family, and then circling...
I have two book releases to look forward to this fall, and I just received my contributor's copy of the first book: The Art of Touch: A Collection of Poetry and Prose from the Pandemic and Beyond. (I also received some editor's copies, as I wore two hats for this...
This is just a note to share some good news: two of my new microfiction stories have been accepted by journals that publish wonderful work. Why do writers share news like this?
My latest microfiction piece (a "drabble" of exactly 100 words") was recently published at Friday Flash Fiction. You can read "it "Their Own Heroes" at this link. As many of you know, I am a life-long animal and wildlife advocate. In fact, I wrote my children's books...
When I launched a new website and blog, one of the unfortunate side effects was the loss of years of blog posts from my previous website. I’d chronicled important moments in both my personal and writing life, as well as lessons I’d learned about the craft of writing....
Faye Rapoport DesPres discusses her new interview with Joan Schweighardt, author of the new contemporary novel, Under the Blue Moon. The interview was published on Women Writers, Women’s Books.
here’s this thing about writing that I think also applies to a lot of things in life: striving for perfection can be stressful and self-defeating, and it can actually prevent any progress.
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