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09/30/2013 08:39 am ET Updated Nov 30, 2013

Caught In The Act: Amy Eldon Turteltaub Interviews Her Mom Kathy Eldon About Living "In The Heart of Life"

It has taken 17 years - and a lot of blood, sweat and tears - but finally my memoir, In The Heart of Life, has hit bookstores.

I welcome its arrival but with some nervous anxiety about how people will react to the Kathy Eldon that I reveal.

This book is more than a record of my life journey. I hope it will inspire others who - like my late son Dan - are creative activists, charting their own course, seizing life and using their talent to make an impact on the world around them.

A photojournalist and artist, Dan was murdered 20 years ago while on assignment for Reuters trying to educate the world about the civil war in Somalia. He died trying to tell a news story.

Now, in my own way, I'm trying to share the story that I have lived.

In The Heart of Life is my testimony that no matter how messy your life may be or how insignificant or insecure you may feel you have something unique to contribute to this world.

Through sorrow, through tragedy, through shame - and I have experienced all of these things - we can emerge renewed and, once ignited, can be a spark that inspires others.

That's what my daughter Amy Eldon Turteltaub and I did when we started Creative Visions to support storytellers of all kinds who use art and the media to impact social change.

In this installment of Caught in the Act she puts me in the hot seat as I talk about what has been one of my greatest challenges.

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