This Has Nothing to Do With You has been chosen for The Author’s Book Club, a new project founded by two Canadian authors and a teacher-librarian that publicizes great Canadian books and authors eager to visit book clubs! Check out my listing (and all the other terrific authors on board) and get in touch! Also, stayed tuned to hear more about this project on my blog.
“I found it tender and devastating. A deep dive into the trauma created by family secrets — and secret-keeping.” – Sarah Selecky
“We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have.”
– Joyce Carol Oates
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“Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.”
– Sylvia Plath
Once I coached a woman who could not bring herself to write. She spoke of her longing and of abstract story concepts but she didn't jot down a word no matter what I suggested. Then, at the end of a couple of months together, her heart broke. Literally. She disappeared...
My creative and working life feels like a bit of a ramble sometimes. I mean, I'm walking a clear path, but I tend to branch off a lot. Grab that bit of sheep's wool that's tangled in the heather; pause to pick some raspberries; look up at an eagle soaring overhead. I...
"How do I write?" people sometimes ask me. And it's clear that this is a big question, one they've been carrying around for a long time. A yearning, really. "You write," I say, as gently as I can. Then I suggest: start with 10 minutes a day, begin anywhere. Begin - as...
Praise from clients
Lauren is a wonderful coach! She was always supportive, insightful and ready with just the right readings and resources. These days, the fact that I’ve committed to keeping my writing time [when faced with childcare challenges], rather than just throwing up my hands and losing steam (as has happened in the past) says a lot about how far I’ve come in the two months I’ve been with her! I really *feel* like a writer who is actively engaged in her practice! I am so excited about what is to come, and I’m so grateful for all she’s done to help me along the way!
I’m writing regularly on my own stuff now. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for 20+ years, but I’ve always had reasons why I couldn’t keep it up: the year-end is due; I have freelance writing deadlines; I have a 10+ item list of admin tasks; I’m a Mom; I’m busy! Lauren, very patiently, supportively, and non-judgmentally, gave me resources that spoke to my situation, put up a mirror to my “crazies”, and encouraged me to kick them down one by one. It was quite a journey, and I’m eternally grateful!
E. B. Page
Lauren was incredibly insightful and helped me build confidence in my creative process. She provided me with the tools, knowledge and resources I need to restructure my novel. Lauren also helped me create a clear plan I can follow to accomplish my goals without feeling so overwhelmed.
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