Grow Your Value finalist Emily Reeves never planned to publish a book about losing her younger brother, a Navy SEAL who served in Afghanistan, when she began privately writing about her experience with grief after he was killed in 2011. In the month following his death, Emily wrote her brother deeply personal letters describing her feelings and what happened that day. In a fog of confusion and pain, she turned to the writing process to feel the deep connection she had with her only sibling.
“I started writing to him, knowing he would never get them,” Emily told MSNBC. “I knew he was gone, but it was something I needed to do to get feelings off of my chest.” She didn’t realize it at the time, but this marked a new chapter in her life and career.