On Harper Lee: The Reason I Kept Writing


People used to ask me how I figured out what I want to do with my life and how I decided on it so quickly, and I would say I’ve always known. I can’t remember a time I didn’t know I wanted to write for a living. Sometimes it was journalism, sometimes it was poetry, and most of the time, it was books. I was in love with books, and for the better part of my life, I knew I wanted to be a novelist.

Excerpt from Sami Sirski’s article in Uloop– read more

A writer’s life

Suza Lambert Bowser’s creative life began when she was just a little girl.

Today, the Arcata resident is a writer, author, actor, director and playwright, whose first mystery novel, “The Case of the Sad-Eyed Stripper,” has recently been published.

Bowser was also in prison for nearly three years in Illinois for transporting cannabis through that state, and recently returned to the North Coast, determined to push beyond the experience and move forward with her writing and filmmaking career.

Excerpt from Heather Shelton’s article in the Times Standard– read more

How to Add Gratitude Into Your Daily Life


My gratitude practice began over a decade ago — when I was 13 years old — with a rock.

I had just watched the movie The Secret with my Dad and shortly after he collected us some small rocks from the beach to use as our gratitude rocks.

I was at high school at the time and every day you could find my gratitude rock in my school uniform pocket or in my bag, and every time I would see or touch the rock I would think of something I was grateful for.

When I started doing this I discovered how incredibly powerful gratitude could be.

Over the past decade I’ve been devoted to practicing gratitude and based on my experience I truly believe that adding gratitude into your daily life is so powerful.

And on that note, here are eight tips to help you add more gratitude into your every day life:

Excerpt from Chloe Wigan’s article in Huffington Post- read more

Why Authors Need an ‘Outside Life’


If you’re in the field of writing the changes are good that you tend to face more rejection and less acceptance than those in any other profession. No other group of people face criticism and rejection as often as we do. Truthfully, though we may rant and rave, we have no choice but to accept it; it is after all part of the “game of publishing.”

Quitting this artistic profession we have chosen is not an option. Writers write because there is something inside us that drives us to create stories, write articles, and put ourselves out there for others to see, possibly reject, and comment negatively on our work. It is almost masochistic! How many rejections can you take before you quit? The answer is we’ll take them all and we will never quit.

Excerpt from an article by Kristin Houghton in the Huffington Post– read more.