Author focuses on breakups

PARKERSBURG – A woman who briefly lived in Vienna has written a book about surviving a breakup that will be released on Valentine’s Day.

“Buddha Breaking Up: A Guide to Healing from Heartache & Liberating Your Awesomeness” is described by author Stephanee Killen as a spiritual guide on how to embrace dramatic, life-altering change and use it as a means of rediscovering the self.

Killen is the daughter of Bruce and Sherri Killen of Vienna. A book-signing party will be held at a later date at Wild Rivers Art Gallery in Marietta, Sherri Killen said.

Stephanee Killen is a Columbus native and has recently moved back to the Columbus area.

“The world needs another self-help book like it needs another reality TV show. At least, that’s what I would have said a year ago, right up until I found myself in need of something, anything, to pull me through the worst breakup of my life,” Killen said.

“What do you do when you want to be gracious, graceful, pragmatic, and filled with equanimity, but you’re so hurt and angry you feel as if you could go around town ramming your car into random stationary objects without batting an eyelash? What do you do when your friends and family run out of platitudes and old, tired slogans like ‘Time heals all wounds’ and ‘Better to have loved and lost?’ Slogans which, incidentally, make you want to scoop out your frontal lobe with a melon baller,” Killen said.

Combining humor, pop culture and Zen principles, Part I of Buddha Breaking Up explores the science of falling in love, provides useful tools for riding out the heartbreak-including how to handle social networking and other technology apparently designed for liberal applications of self-torment-and offers unique and practical techniques for moving through the lowest depths of the shattering, she said.

Part II, “The Bodhicitta of Breaking Up,” illuminates methods for battling the wounded ego, dealing with anger, creating better relationships, and finally, loving and valuing yourself so you can reach a place of acceptance and grace in your new life.

Killen was a freelance editor for the Ballantine Publishing Group and then was a web editor for 1stBooks Library, now Authorhouse. She became the senior editor and project manager at Integrative Ink, a publishing preproduction company she established in January 2001.

She also is the founder of the Creative Cosmic Experiment, a forum for experimental and contemporary fiction, music, poetry and social commentary.

The book is available for purchase through (Book Link).