Fearless Writing

12 01 2014

susan gabriel bookA new book from Susan Gabriel, Fearless Writing, may be just the encouragement you need. Susan’s mission is to “encourage and inspire people to follow their dreams, tell their stories and keep two feet on the ground while they do it.”  She’s collected writing wisdom for the past 17 years. And she knows “Writing is the hardest job you’ll ever love.” According to Susan, “Women, especially, struggle with claiming their voices and getting their work out into the world. (Like I did, initially.) Or they struggle with simply starting to live a more creative life. This book is dedicated to them.” Whether you are new to writing or an experienced veteran, when the going gets tough, Fearless Writing can provide “inspiration, writing tips and encouragement to get going again and keep going.” Peppered with inspiring quotes from famous people, the essays are guaranteed to inspire you to develop your creativity. Thoughts from great writers such as Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Willa Cather, Sue Monk Kidd, Alice Walker, Nora Ephron, Jane Austen, Maya Angelou, and Alice Munro will help to jumpstart your writing. Susan also offers Fearless Writing Workshops and coaches authors in person as well as providing editorial services. SusanGabrielABOUT THE AUTHOR Susan Gabriel grew up in the archetypal American South, playing in the shade of mimosa trees and catching lightning bugs as the heat waned on long summer evenings. She lived on banana popsicles and when not in school, spent most days exploring the woods around her home or on her red Schwinn bicycle. In Charleston, SC Susan was a professional flutist playing at the famous Piccolo Spoleto festival, as well as many private gigs in historic homes and sailboats. Susan completed a degree in counseling, in part to understand the wide array of characters in her Appalachian gene pool, and became a marriage and family therapist. She was the founder of the Women’s Center in Charleston, South Carolina, which still provides services to women over twenty years after its inception. In 1994, Susan answered the long-time call to writing, closed her successful counseling practice, and moved with her daughters to Asheville, North Carolina. She simplified her life and took part-time jobs to focus the main portion of her day on writing. She worked at a copy shop, made gourmet dog biscuits, cashiered at a home-improvement mega store, and did freelance editing. Susan’s first novel, Seeking Sara Summers, the transformative story of a mid-life woman, was published in 2008. Her second novel, The Secret Sense of Wildflower, the story of a precocious adolescent grieving for her father in 1941 Tennessee, was published in 2012 and earned a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

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