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By JESSICA SIEFF
Cassopolis Vigilant


For any family, the loss felt when a son, a grandson is lost tragically can be an experience so painful, so detrimental; it’s hard to put into words.

For Mary Rockett and her daughter, Tammy Rockett-Box, the loss of Tammy’s son became exactly the opposite. It became an experience they had to put into words.

“We started writing because of the loss of my grandson,” Mary said. Discussing the mother-daughter team’s just published book “Tragic Love” from her home in Vandalia. The story about a young man who finds himself in a love affair that turns into something he hadn’t expected was “inspired by that situation.”

Mary’s grandson died suddenly and tragically last year when he committed suicide after grappling with a relationship his grandmother described as “abusive.”

Mary and her daughter became increasingly concerned as authorities questioned the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. They turned their focus to the process those authorities were working through. Their notes would not go unused.

“We wanted to share this with other young people, Rockett said. It’s written for everyone … it could help them if they are in an unhealthy relationship.”

“Tragic Love” is the first book for the mother-daughter writing team. “We’re very excited about it,” she added.

She said the two collaborate well and have already finished their second book, a collection of three short stories entitled “Strange Happenings” and they are currently working on a novel.

All together “Tragic Love” took about a year to come to fruition, Rockett and Rockett-Box being published through Publish America, which offers the book for sale on its Web site and soon on Barnes & Noble’s.com, and Amazon.com Web site.

Rockett said there were very few challenges in getting the story down on paper and the mission remained clear.

“Young adults don’t realize there are all kinds of abuse, and young men don’t tell it, they hide it … we used that as inspiration. The hope is those young men and women in unhealthy relationships might recognize the signs through reading “Tragic Love.”

Rockett still lives in Vandalia, having retired after working for the Dowagiac Post Office for 30 years and her daughter Tammy lives in Rockford Ill.

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That's a good piece of publicity, Tammy. Congratulations on that! Is that a local paper?
Hi Kaye, the interview was for the local newspaper in the town where my mother resides.

Kay Elizabeth said:
That's a good piece of publicity, Tammy. Congratulations on that! Is that a local paper?
That's great! Have you tried submitting that article to other publications? I would ask the newspaper's permission to do so. If you offer to credit them as the source of the original interview, they may well agree. It's more publicity for them as well. :)

Do you have your own website or blog? I'd suggest you put it on that too or in a media kit if you have one.

There's also a Marketing & Promotions Group here for more ideas on how to promote a book. Good luck with it! :)

Tammy Rockett-Box said:
Hi Kaye, the interview was for the local newspaper in the town where my mother resides.
Kay Elizabeth said:
That's a good piece of publicity, Tammy. Congratulations on that! Is that a local paper?
Hi Kay, thanks for the suggestion. I wasn't sure how to go about submitting for reprint.

Kay Elizabeth said:
That's great! Have you tried submitting that article to other publications? I would ask the newspaper's permission to do so. If you offer to credit them as the source of the original interview, they may well agree. It's more publicity for them as well. :)

Do you have your own website or blog? I'd suggest you put it on that too or in a media kit if you have one.

There's also a Marketing & Promotions Group here for more ideas on how to promote a book. Good luck with it! :)

Tammy Rockett-Box said:
Hi Kaye, the interview was for the local newspaper in the town where my mother resides.
Kay Elizabeth said:
That's a good piece of publicity, Tammy. Congratulations on that! Is that a local paper?
Excuse me butting in here. :) Tammy, it's often just a matter of picking up the phone and asking them if they would mind, then emailing an inquiry to other publications asking if they want to reprint it. Smaller local publications (and the reporters) like to see their names become more widespread in print and also online. Neighboring towns would be a good place to start.

Where I live we have a free paper as well that comes in weekly. If that local one is part of a group of newspapers, they sometimes share articles across the whole group too if they are suitable, including in any free papers they print and circulate. It does no harm to suggest it. :)


Tammy Rockett-Box said:
Hi Kay, thanks for the suggestion. I wasn't sure how to go about submitting for reprint.

Kay Elizabeth said:
That's great! Have you tried submitting that article to other publications? I would ask the newspaper's permission to do so. If you offer to credit them as the source of the original interview, they may well agree. It's more publicity for them as well. :)

Do you have your own website or blog? I'd suggest you put it on that too or in a media kit if you have one.

There's also a Marketing & Promotions Group here for more ideas on how to promote a book. Good luck with it! :)

Tammy Rockett-Box said:
Hi Kaye, the interview was for the local newspaper in the town where my mother resides.
Kay Elizabeth said:
That's a good piece of publicity, Tammy. Congratulations on that! Is that a local paper?

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