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Dianea Kohl-Riise


Dianea Kohl-Riise has spent much of her fifty years breaking down the myth, "Children are to be seen and not heard." After graduating from Cornell University's School of Nursing, she worked in various nursing arenas until she found her niche as a clinical nurse specialist on a psychiatric unit for five years. Since 1985, when she received her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University, she has worked as a psychotherapist at Family and Children's Service and continues this work, in private practice, in the city of Ithaca, NY, where she was born and raised. For a year, (96-97), she attended The Primal Center, in Venice, California. Dianea's inspiration is greatly due to her deceased father, Michel's love, as well as from her two daughters, Erin and Megan. Her spirit is expressed most freely and joyously on the dance floor, and while hiking in the National Parks. Dianea plans to write two books as sequels to TEARS ARE TRUTH...waiting to be spoken. TEARS ARE TRUST...waiting to be felt & TEARS ARE TRUE LOVE... waiting to be known. Her other book is EVERYBODY CRIES.





"TEARS ARE TRUTH ...intimately portrays from a personal and professional perspective the importance and beauty of tears and their healing power." John Gray, author od MEN ARE MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS


Pageonelit.com: Where did you grow up and was reading and writing a part of your life? Who were your earliest influences and why?

Dianea Kohl-Riise: I grew up in Ithaca, NY, where I was more of an outdoors tomboyish girl...so reading and writing had little importance to me other than school work, or writing letters, especially in college to my father who wrote every week, sometimes more often. I have his letters and they are one of my most precious possessions... thinking of publishing them someday in a book about my father.



Pageonelit.com: Why did you write TEARS ARE TRUTH? Tell us about this book --- How long did it take to write?

Dianea Kohl-Riise: I wrote TEARS ARE TRUTH from 1994 -1997, part-time as I had to make a living as a psychotherapist. The book is in three parts, revealing the vulnerability of my clients in Part 1, then myself in Part 2, and in the third part I tie in the vulnerability of tears as the essence to being connected to the Real LOVE of the child within us all when we are born. Our true spiritual birthright that becomes buried by repression of our feelings.




Pageonelit.com: Where did the title TEARS ARE TRUTH...WAITING TO BE SPOKEN come from?

Dianea Kohl-Riise: The title came from me recognizing the times and things that triggered my tears...and then connecting them to the source of my pain...mostly from my childhood. (Tears are like electricity, which is only available when plugged into the source-outlet)


Pageonelit.com: In your introduction you say that, "Tears are the wellspring of healing." Please explain.

Dianea Kohl-Riise: The deeper well of my pain came up to the surface when I would speak with my voice, and not just cry when I wrote. Some things when written would not prompt tears, but when read to someone, or just spoken in conversation to someone, tears would appear. Therefore, the "wellspring of healing" because tears would spring up at surprising times, at special words, and they would lead me into investigating the well from which they sprang. In so doing, I cried more deeply, sobbed, and let go of pain that had been repressed for years, that drove my behavior and reactions to people. Therefore, healing old dysfunctional patterns and reactions. My responses to relationships are so much different now! I am much more understanding and loving and compassionate, for REAL. It's like finding an oasis in a desert...love instead of pain.


Pageonelit.com: What has been your feedback from readers and book reviewers? What do they say to you about their interpretations of TEARS ARE TRUTH? What do they like about the book?

Dianea Kohl-Riise: Feedback from readers and book reviewers has been positive: easy to read, identify with, as well as my honesty and vulnerability shocking some.


Pageonelit.com: Tell me about your publishing experience -- The good, the bad and the ugly...

Dianea Kohl-Riise: I was highly optimistic about being published, after writing to 30 or so with an outline and chapter summaries...no go, unless I wanted to pay part. So, I self-published with the help of Dan Poynter's book, and support from another self-published writer friend.
I used a small printing press in rural NY, and was happy with the outcome, and personal attention. It's great to have a book done just the way you want it!

The ugly is putting out the $...but as with most writer's, I'm not in it for the $, but the need toexpress a very important message to the reader's...to society, for change for the better.



Pageonelit.com: Are you working on a follow up? Or something totally different?

Dianea Kohl-Riise: As stated in the back of TEARS ARE TRUTH...I plan 2 sequels, TEARS ARE TRUST has been started, but way laid because I felt more need to write another book, called "Evolution of an Orgasm," which integrates my personal journey of sexuality with spirtuality. (through my healing tears of course) I also self-published a children's picture book in 2000, called "EVERYBODY CRIES." I have donated about half of them to HEADSTART programs all over the USA.


Pageonelit.com: What was the last book you read?

Dianea Kohl-Riise:The last book I read is "Honest to God," by Neale Donald Walsh and Brad Blanton (of Radical Honesty series) It is not a religious book, but one which addresses social change thru true honesty on an emotional/spiritual level...like crying when you feel
like it, not hiding. I usually read 3or4 books at a time, so am reading Mary Oliver's book of poetry "American Primitive" and "The Poisonwood Bible" by Kingsolver, and "May the Angels Be With You," by Quinn.


Pageonelit.com: Do you have any hobbies? What are they? How do they enhance your writing.

Dianea Kohl-Riise: My hobbies are dancing swing, tango, hustle and ballroom...girl, do I love to dance! Also, love to pick wildflowers, hike and camp especially in the National Parks, and knit for friends and family. Most of all, BE a kid again:)




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