Peggy Tietz, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings is an essential guidebook for adults in helping children identify and understand their emotions. Each of the eight emotions is clearly defined thorough vignettes and illustrations, keeping both adult and child captivated, thus creating an opportune time for discussion. By recognizing that all humans experience these emotions throughout their lives, the book provides a true sense of comfort. Emotions are not to be shunned, but rather embraced and explained to provide a positive development environment for all children.

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Peggy Tietz whose book Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout informed and entertained me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love Peggy Tietz but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Peggy Tietz, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Peggy Tietz will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Peggy Tietz!

Although I grew up in Houston, Texas, most of my professional life was spent in Philadelphia. I went to Philadelphia initially to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Work, where I received my MSW. After I received my MSW, I worked in many social service agencies: community mental health; foster care; in-patient adolescent; and residential treatment. I attended the Family Institute of Philadelphia, a three year post graduate training program in family systems. After my family systems training, I worked with Dr. James Framo, a pioneer in the field of family therapy and co-author of several early and significant books in the field. Seeing individuals within the context of their families is a powerful method for healing wounds and misunderstandings, and for reestablishing new ways of relating. Systems thinking is an integral part of how I assess and understand individuals, couples, and families.

Later, I became a faculty member for second year students at the Family Institute. I taught there for more than 10 years, until I began my pursuit of a Ph.D. I completed my Ph.D. in developmental psychology at Bryn Marw College. I followed up my Ph.D. with a two year advanced training course in child development and play therapy. I have seen children with a wide range of issues, both normal developmental problems as well as trauma. I have done many workshops on Parenting and Sibling Relationships. I have written a book on feelings, to be read to children by parents, counselors, or educators.

My work with individuals has been strongly influenced by my work with Dr. Paul Frisch. I trained and did workshops and individual therapy at Growth Skills in N.Y.C., which Dr. Frisch founded. His books and theory explore how power dynamics influence intimacy. I use this theory as I evaluate issues pertaining to individuals and couples.

An important aspect of my professional training is EMDR. Over the years I have become increasingly aware of how many people suffer from traumatic life events. Some are obvious, but others more hidden. For this reason I sought out training in EMDR, which is a very efficient and effective method for treating trauma; disturbing life events; anxiety; phobia; and depression. After I completed the training, and satisfied the clinical practice requirements, I became a Certified EMDR Therapist.

Now, how wonderful does Peggy Tietz sound?! Peggy Tietz is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Peggy Tietz’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Peggy Tietz, I hope that you enjoy Peggy Tietz’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself.

I’m a psychologist and I love what I do.  It’s a privilege to hear people’s stories and help them regain emotional balance and thrive.  While I’ve always seen families and children, my recent focus is on helping children who have experienced trauma.  This work has made me believe even more strongly in the power of expressing feelings rather than keeping them hidden.  I am certified in EMDR, which is a body-mind treatment modality that helps unlock trauma.

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

I didn’t actually set out to write a book.  It happened because I couldn’t find the book I wanted to recommend to parents.  What I found were books about one feeling or situations that evoked feelings, but I wanted a book that listed our primary feelings and their purpose.  It lead me to lots of reading and research because I was surprised to find no agreed upon list of our most basic emotions. I went with those that had been cross culturally validated.

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

I think believing in your idea is key because there are plenty of ups in down in writing a book.  It was much harder than I thought, but I really believed I had something important to contribute to help children understand themselves and their behavior.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book? 

Wow, what a big question.   It has to be engaging.  You have to want to read it.  My book is psychoeducational in nature, so there isn’t a through story line.   I added small vignettes for each emotion, that I hoped would be engaging, so kids could recognize those emotion to their own lives.

What is your writing process like?

I write best when I can have long uninterrupted chunks of time.  Unfortunately, that’s not always easy with family and work obligations.   So, often the process was in fits and starts.  I worked at scheduling those chunks of time when I could, but then realized that working in shorter spans of time could be productive as well.  I was able to keep the ideas alive in my mind.  A lot goes on unconsciously when you have some consistency and keep committed to the process.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

I look at my schedule for the week and try to carve out time to write.  I’ve been trying to find a specific day to have regular writing time but haven’t been successful.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

At the moment, I’ve been reading Michael Ondaatje.  I belong to a book club at the Harry Ransom Center, at the University of Texas.   They have his archives and the book club recently read The English Patient.   I was able to take a peek at his original manuscripts and correspondence with his publisher and other writes.  It was amazing, and I’ve just gotten his new book, Warlight.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you? 

I’m in the process of writing a book to help kids manage their emotions.  It’s a struggle for all of us, but I’m hoping I can offer some helpful ways for kids to both express their emotions and keep them a reasonable size.   It will also be more narrative in style.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Peggy Tietz! If you have liked what you have read about Peggy Tietz and are interested in learning more about Peggy Tietz and reading Peggy Tietz ‘s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Peggy Tietz: Facebook – Twitter – Website

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