“Surely the whole point of writing your own life story is to be as honest as you possibly can, revealing everything about yourself that is most private and probably most interesting for that very reason.” - Judith Krantz

Great Authors. Great Books. Amazing People.

There is always more to a person than being able to tell a great story. No matter what genre someone writes, they leave precious pieces of themselves within the pages. Their life, their experiences, their paradigm of the world is shared- open and raw- for all the world. No matter what someone does or who they are, it’s easy to only see them as the work that they put into the world rather than the whole multifaceted person. These are people I know, or have met, or don’t know at all…but I admire in some way…These are Great Authors, who write Great Books, who are Amazing People…

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River Braun

When you read a piece of writing with such a strong and complex compilation of voice and depth, you will follow that character anywhere. The main character from the debut novel,
The Anarchist’s Yacht Club and it’s prequel Him. is so compelling that I followed him right to the source…author River Braun.

Within moments of meeting Mr. Braun it is clear that the sharp wit, intelligent perspectives, deep contemplation, and unyielding hope found in this story are drawn from the storm of experiences he has weathered.

Highly intelligent and poised in the traditional path to success- law degree in hand- Mr. Braun shattered expectations and chose authenticity. Speaking out, sharing, mentoring, and writing—Mr. Braun is always looking to reach out and support anyone facing the many challenges of this life. An adventurer who lives his truth, River Braun’s writing is rich, honest, and always infused with his ever-present humor.

In true form, Mr. Braun set his life to sail in 2018.

Because he believes that one should “…live free, on our own terms, to explore corners of the world unknown.”

River Braun is more than a great author writing great books…
River Braun is an amazing person.

August Norman

August Norman “Norm” is the kind of guy you meet and think, “Nah, he can’t be the August Norman, author of the runaway success, Come and Get Me ” He is just too kind, too approachable, too humble, and too helpful and compassionate to be the award-winning author on stage cracking jokes and making everyone else feel right at home.

You might also think that there is no possible way someone that nice could write such a haunting mystery thriller…but you’d be wrong (as I was when I first came across the dark and moody Come and Get Me book cover). August Norman’s debut novel is chilling, compelling, and rich with page-turning suspense, but somehow he finds a way to infuse deep complex characters and unexpected humor along the way. Come and Get Me is the first in the Caitlin Bergman series centered around an award-winning journalist who is unearthing secrets hidden beneath idyllic small town USA.

With no time to enjoy his initial success, August Norman is back to work and we are waiting, a bit impatiently, for the second Caitlin Bergman thriller to hit bookstores early 2020.

August Norman is more than a great author writing great books…
August Norman is an amazing person.

Ara Grigorian

Ara Grigorian is the international award-winning author of Game of Love, and Ten Year Dance, with his third novel due out soon. Both of his novels are critically-acclaimed and wonderfully rich stories of love and redemption. Ara is the original romantic choosing not to bend his values or ethics to the pressures of the industry. His stories remain sweet, compelling, and complex. He shapes realistic characters facing challenges that speak to the human condition…sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes awe-inspiring, but always honest and tempered with hope.

Ara Grigorian is an established presence in the literary world winning many recognitions and international awards, but the one that stands out as most prestigious to me was when I heard him voted “Nicest Man Alive” at a writers conference I was attending. Mr. Grigorian was not teaching or in attendance at this conference and yet I listened to the entire room of people share their personal stories of how he had touched their lives, given his time and support, and how he makes the world a better place. That is the kind of thing that can’t be marketed on a book jacket but speaks volumes to the author’s ability to pull from a reservoir deep emotional honesty and unfailing authenticity.

Ara Grigorian is more than a great author writing great books…
Ara Grigorian is an amazing person.

John Burley

So anyone can read Dr. John Burley’s bio and find out that he was an EMT turned Paramedic turned Firefighter turned physician and how he is always finding a new path to better help humanity.

Most people can see why he is an award-winning author and his books; The Absence of Mercy, The Forgetting Place, and The Quiet Child are all complex and chilling psychological thrillers.

But most people don’t have the opportunity to work with him for many years and never once see him be frustrated, impatient, or unkind to a patient or a peer regardless of the stress or exhaustion level in the emergency room.

And even fewer people have the pleasure of spending time with him and discovering his dry hilarious sense of humor and how he makes the world around him brighter with his easy smile and genuine nature.

John Burley is more than a great author writing great books…
John Burley is an amazing person.

Catherine Ryan Hyde

After 36 published books, bestsellers, movie adaptations, and numerous awards it would be understandable for Ms. Catherine Ryan Hyde to be too busy for the many eager fans desperate to know where her story idea for ‘Pay It Forward’ and others originated, but that is never the case. Ms. Hyde diligently makes time for every question, is gracious to every comment, and personally responds to every single inquiry or e-mail she receives.

I first met Ms. Hyde at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference as a keynote who was swarmed with guests all wanting some tiny bit of guidance and attention, but it wasn’t until later that I got to know her better. It was not through lengthy conversation that I came to know Ms. Hyde as a person, but in her many acts of kindness. Through her patience, mentoring, support and constant encouragement she helps to spark the light of inspiration in all who seek her out.

Catherine Ryan Hyde is an established literary presence and one of the most prolific writers I’ve come across, publishing two novels a year such as— Have You Seen Luis Velez, Heaven Adjacent, Just After Midnight, and Allie and Bea. She touches lives through her words addressing challenging themes and difficult situations with optimism and a deep uplifting perspective.

Catherine Ryan Hyde is more than a great author writing great books…
Catherine Ryan Hyde is an amazing person.

You are exactly who you choose to be.

Are you the very best version of yourself?

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What I’m Reading

Some of my favorites, some new, some noteworthy, some are just an afternoon of word-candy.

These are the books on the shelf right now (in no particular order).

Some Read, Some Re-read, Some I loved, Some I haven’t finished (Yet!).

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking


Susan Cain

Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good


Kevin Smith

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us


Daniel Pink

The Happiness Project


Gretchen Rubin

Ready Player One & Armada


Ernest Cline

The How of Happiness


Sonja Lyubomirsky

The Quiet Child, The Forgetting Place, & The Absence of Mercy


John Burley

A Dirty Job


Christopher Moore

Authentic Happiness & Flourish


Martin E.P. Seligman

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


Stephen King

The Book Thief


Markus Zusak

Start with Why


Simon Sinek

You Are A Badass


Jen Sincero

When You Were Older, Funerals for Horses, & Pay it Forward


Catherine Ryan Hyde

10% Happier


Dan Harris

The Power of Habit


Charles Duhigg

A More Beautiful Question


Warren Berger

Bird by Bird


Anne Lamott

Scrappy Little Nobody


Anna Kendrick

To Kill a Mockingbird


Harper Lee

Big Magic, Committed & Eat Pray Love


Elizabeth Gilbert

Daring Greatly, Rising Strong & Braving the Wilderness


Brene Brown

Me Talk Pretty One Day,
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim & Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls


David Sedaris

Life Reimagined


Barbara Bradley Hagerty

The Catcher in the Rye


J. D. Salinger

Pride and Prejudice


Jane Austen

Fahrenheit 451


Ray Bradbury

Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol & Oliver Twist


Charles Dickens

The Notebook


Nicholas Sparks

The Alchemist, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, The Valkyries, The Fifth Mountain, & Brida


Paulo Coelho de Souza

The Alchemist, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, The Valkyries, The Fifth Mountain, & Brida


Ara Gregorian

The Alchemist, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, The Valkyries, The Fifth Mountain, & Brida


August Norman

What should I be reading next year?

My 2020 reading wish list. So many amazing books, so little time!

If you have suggestions, let me know!

Coming Soon!

Remember when life was an open box of crayons and endless possibilities? still is.