Almost a year ago today, we lost one of the strongest, most original voices in music. Amy Winehouse passed away in July of 2011, and there's still a chasm in the music world that has yet to be filled.

Her father, Mitch Winehouse, has been attempting to deal with the loss as best he can. Over the past year, he has had fingers pointed at him over Winehouse's death; the media, the public and even some people in the music industry believe he's partially accountable for her passing. In response to her untimely death, and as a kind of coping mechanism, Mitch Winehouse has written and published a book, titled "Amy: My Daughter."

In it, he explores Amy's life from birth to death, revealing little-known details, such as her uncanny ability to understand complex math, her deep relationship with her grandmother, and her tumultuous love affair with Blake Fielder-Civil. He also seeks to uncover Amy's true life story, rather than have people piece together incorrect factoids from tabloid articles or celebrity gossip.

The Huffington Post spoke with Winehouse about his book, why he wrote it and how much of an impact Fielder-Civil had on Amy Winehouse's life.

First things first: I just wanted to offer my condolences. This really was a tragic loss.
Thank you.

What was the impetus for you to write this book?
Three reasons, mainly. Immediately after Amy passed away, people were beginning to speculate that it was a drug overdose or that she'd committed suicide, and of course neither of those are true. I had to address that. Also, I felt that the writing process would make me feel better and help me with my personal recovery -- which it has. And lastly, it's an important way to raise funds for the [Amy Winehouse] Foundation.

When your book first showed up in the office and no one knew the proceeds were going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, people were saying, "Oh, he's just doing it for money. Oh, he's just doing it for fame."
I really don't care what people think. I just want people to buy the book, so that we're going to be able to help more young people in trouble. If they want to think I'm an asshole or a money-grubber or whatever, that's up to them. Just buy the book, give us the money.

There's a lot of things we learn about Amy in the book that the public has no idea about -- her math ability, her dancing prowess. Is there anything else the public doesn't know?
We probably wrote enough for two books, but I can't remember what was edited out and what was kept in. But I will say, Amy could read and write before she even went to school. I think that explains a lot about her disruptiveness there. She was clearly not engaged, and obviously very bright.

Even after you released this book, do people still focus on the drugs and alcohol aspect of her life?
This is one of the main reasons I wrote the book. Even now, people don't realize that she was clean from drugs for almost three years, and in the last six weeks of her life, five and a half were spent without drinking -- she was completely sober. A lot of people thought [when I said this after her death] that they were the deluded ramblings of a grief-stricken father, but those are the facts. Just like, in her last two days, she drank an inordinate amount of alcohol and that's why she lost her life. It's indisputable.

You're in the music business as well, so you're familiar with the ins and outs. How prevalent are drugs in the culture? Is it possible to evade them?
You're not going to hear a story about Jamie Cullum, a British artist, who isn't out there doing drugs. You're not going to hear any story about Adele [without an alcohol or ex-boyfriend reference] because she's also not into drugs. It's not news. They wouldn't print anything about Amy being clean. They're only interested in the bad stuff. The vast majority of musicians don't really do drugs or drink a substantial amount of alcohol, so I don't think showbiz is a contributory factor towards people's addictions. It's an individual thing, really.

And Amy also had the influence of Blake [Fielder-Civil]. How much do you think he steered her in the wrong direction?
In his own words, he's said that he was instrumental. He introduced her to Class A drugs, and he said that she took to them "like a duck to water." His words, not mine. He now has to live with that. He's not responsible for her death, though. That was a tragic accident. He didn't want her to die, he loved her. But he turned her on to those drugs, and that's something he's going to have to live with.

How did you deal with the stress of knowing that your daughter was taking that kind of drug?
I don't know why it took me so long to realize ... I must have been deluded. It was only when I actually saw the drug paraphernalia -- which involved the silver foil -- and that's when I realized what was happening. It was very difficult. I knew I had an uphill battle on my hands.

If you look back in music history, a lot of truly brilliant musicians have had inner demons. Was Amy always so happy-go-lucky? Or did she have a dark side?
She was very happy-go-lucky. I think her problems started when my mom passed away in May of 2006. Amy was very vulnerable at that point, and she loved my mother dearly. Also, that's when Blake reemerged. It ended up being a very dangerous scenario. Blake and vulnerable young women are not a good match -- he has a history with this kind of stuff. It was an accident waiting to happen.

It was a convergence, then, of different events that led her down this path.
Exactly. She might have found her way to drugs in another way, I don't know. We can speculate all we like about that.

What would you like people to remember most about Amy, other than her music?
That's a good question, and I've told this story about 15 times, but I love it. People talk a lot about Amy and Camden Town; well, she loved the west end of London. She loved Soho. When we were walking down this particular street after Back to Black, she was a massive star, and Amy knew literally every single person on the street. She stopped at every store and talked to everyone. I was so proud of her. She didn't have to do that. She was a huge superstar, but that's exactly what she loved to do. It's my favorite memory of her -- smiling, laughing and being a normal person.

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    Amy Winehouse performs on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm, Pilton near Glastonbury, on June 22 2007 in Somerset, England. The festival, that was started by dairy farmer Michael Eavis in 1970, has grown into the largest music festival in Europe. This year's festival is the biggest yet and will have headline acts including The Who, The Artic Monkeys and The Killers.

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    Picture taken on June 27, 2009 in Hyde Park, central London shows British singer Amy Winehouse performing during the 46664 concert in honour of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday.

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    British singer Amy Winehouse is pictured during a break in her trial outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London on July 23, 2009. British singer Amy Winehouse launched an 'unjustifiable' attack on a female fan who politely asked her for a photograph at a charity ball, a court heard on Thursday. The 25-year-old songstress -- said to be on the road to recovery from her drug addiction -- denies beating Sherene Flash, a dancer, in an incident in Berkeley Square, central London, on September 26.

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    British singer Amy Winehouse arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, in west London, on March 17, 2009. Winehouse appears charged with assault over an alleged incident at a charity ball last September.

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    Amy Winehouse performs live on the V stage during Day Two of V Festival 2008 at Hylands Park on August 17, 2008 in Chelmsford, England.

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    This picture taken on July 13, 2008 shows British soul singer Amy Winehouse performing on the third day of the T in the Park music festival near Kinross, in Scotland. Winehouse has been taken to University College Hospital's accident and emergency unit, her spokesman said on July 28 evening. The Grammy-award-winning 'Back To Black' star, a recovering drug addict, was diagnosed with lung condition emphysema last month.

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    Singer Amy Winehouse performs during day three of T In The Park Festival 2008 at Balado July 13, 2008 in Kinross, Scotland.

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    British singer Amy Winehouse performs during the 'Rock in Rio' music festival in Arganda del Rey near Madrid on July 04, 2008.

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    Amy Winehouse is sighted shopping at her local supermarket on March 16, 2010 in London, England.

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    British singer Amy Winehouse arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, in west London, on March 17, 2009. Winehouse appears charged with assault over an alleged incident at a charity ball last September.

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    Amy Winehouse performs on stage during Rock in Rio Day 3 on July 04, 2008 in Arganda del Rey, near of Madrid.

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    Amy Winehouse is sighted shopping at her local supermarket on March 16, 2010 in London, England.

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    British singer Amy Winehouse performs at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Glastonbury on June 28, 2008.

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    Amy Winehouse performs during the 46664 concert in celebration of Nelson Mandela's life at Hyde Park on June 27, 2008 in London, England.

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    Amy Winehouse arrives at court on the second day of her assault trial at The City of Westminster Magistrates Court on July 24, 2009 in London, England.

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    British singer Amy Winehouse leaves Westminster Magistrates Court after receiving a 'not guilty' verdict in central London, on 24 July 2009. British singer Amy Winehouse was cleared of attacking a female fan who asked her for a photograph at a charity ball. The 25-year-old, said to be on the road to recovery from drug addiction, had denied beating Sherene Flash, a dancer, in an alleged incident in Berkeley Square, central London, on September 26, 2008.

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    British singer Amy Winehouse smokes a cigarette during a break in her trial outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London on July 23, 2009. British singer Amy Winehouse launched an 'unjustifiable' attack on a female fan who politely asked her for a photograph at a charity ball, a court heard on Thursday. The 25-year-old songstress -- said to be on the road to recovery from her drug addiction -- denies beating Sherene Flash, a dancer, in an incident in Berkeley Square, central London, on September 26.

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    Amy Winehouse performs live on stage at Pacha as part of Summer Soul Festival on January 8, 2011 in Florianopolis, Brazil.

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    British singer Amy Winehouse performs at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Glastonbury on June 28, 2008.

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    British singer Amy Winehouse arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, in west London, on March 17, 2009. Winehouse appears charged with assault over an alleged incident at a charity ball last September.

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    Amy Winehouse performs live on the V stage during Day Two of V Festival 2008 at Hylands Park on August 17, 2008 in Chelmsford, England.

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    Amy Winehouse performs live on the V stage during Day Two of V Festival 2008 at Hylands Park on August 17, 2008 in Chelmsford, England.

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    Amy Winehouse performs at the launch party of City Burlesque on October 7, 2010 in London, England.

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    British singer Amy Winehouse arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London, on July 23, 2009. Winehouse, 25, faces trial for an alleged assault on a woman at a charity ball last September. The trial is expected to last two days.

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    Amy Winehouse performs live on stage at Pacha as part of Summer Soul Festival on January 8, 2011 in Florianopolis, Brazil.

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    Amy Winehouse performs during the show at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 at the Olympiahalle on November 1, 2007 in Munich, Germany.

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    Singer Amy Winehouse performs at the Music of Black Origin Awards at the O2 Arena Greenwich on September 19, 2007 in London, England.

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    Singer Amy Winehouse performs at the Music of Black Origin Awards at the O2 Arena Greenwich on September 19, 2007 in London, England.

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    Amy Winehouse performs live at the International Festival of Benicassim on July 22, 2007 in Benicassim, Spain. The festival attracts people from all over Europe, including over 10,000 Brits, who this year are here to see the likes of The Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Iggy Pop and Amy Winehouse as well as enjoying the Spainish sun and beaches.

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    Amy Winehouse and Reg Traviss attend the launch of the Shaka Zulu bar on August 4, 2010 in London, England.

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 01: Winner of the Artist's Choice Award, Amy Winehouse speaks during the show at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 at the Olympiahalle on November 1, 2007 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for MTV)

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    Singer Amy Winehouse performs at the Music of Black Origin Awards at the O2 Arena Greenwich on September 19, 2007 in London, England.

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 01: Amy Winehouse performs during the show at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 at the Olympiahalle on November 1, 2007 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for MTV)

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    Singer Amy Winehouse performs at the Music of Black Origin Awards at the O2 Arena Greenwich on September 19, 2007 in London, England.

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    Singer Amy Winehouse performs onstage at the Virgin Festival By Virgin Mobile 2007 at Pimlico Race Course on August 4, 2007 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Amy Winehouse performs live at the International Festival of Benicassim on July 22, 2007 in Benicassim, Spain. The festival attracts people from all over Europe, including over 10,000 Brits, who this year are here to see the likes of The Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Iggy Pop and Amy Winehouse as well as enjoying the Spainish sun and beaches.


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