Local Author and Healer, Jan Marquart, LCSW, Teaches To Heal Through Writing

Jan Marquart - About the Author - Your Local Color.ComJan Marquart is one of our local authors. Like a rapidly growing number of the people who live and work here, she was not born here, nor did she spend most of her life here, but she is here non-the-less. Jan is our neighbor. She is a professional psychotherapist and the author of more than 10 books. Jan is also a business woman and mentor to many local authors seeking help in getting their work published and marketed. She really is Local Color.

Jan’s journey to become a writer and a healer began in New York City in the middle of a rain storm. She was around ten years old. The memory is as clear to her now as if it happened last night. She was looking down in awe at the blank pages of a diary her mother had just given her. Her father was in the front room watching television and eating an apple. Her very first diary entry was about a little red-headed boy she had fallen for.

That first diary sat empty in front of her, but the empty page did not intimidate Jan like it does so many of us. As she described that first experience, I got the impression that the empty page seemed to excite her like the feeling you might get when you find a new best friend – a friend that you could share your secrets with and be confident that those thoughts would remain just between you two. [Read more…]

Georgetown Author, D.A. Featherling, Is A Local Treasure You Need To Find Out About

Dorothy Smiling 1Its funny how life experiences prepare you for your next adventure. Life is full of starts and stops. The starts are generally full of hope, always exciting, and usually fun, and if you keep your wits about you, the stops can be just as promising and interesting. When life gives you one of those complete stops and the dust finally settles and you take some time to survey the situation, you might find that you have been perfectly equipped for a new door that suddenly opens up for you. A door that in the past you would have never believed you would be walking through.

Local Georgetown resident, Professional Home Stager and published author, Dorothy Featherling who publishes under the name D.A. Featherling, has had her Sauce_for_the_Goose_Cover_for_Kindleshare of starts and stops along the way. Dorothy has worn many hats in her life. Wife, mother, grandmother, UT Physics Research Center Administrator, Home Staging Professional and author are just a few of the many roles that Dorothy has filled. Those who visit this blog regularly will recognize Dorothy as the home staging expert featured in our Home Staging Series.  It is interesting to note that Dorothy didn’t plan on becoming a writer, but all of the various twists and turns along her path led her to the fulfillment of a dream she didn’t even know she had for a number of years. [Read more…]

Author Gwen Cooper’s Book Tour Stops at Shadow Cats in Round Rock

Gwen Cooper and Homer the blind wonder cat at Shadow Cats in Round Rock TexasGwen Cooper, author of New York Times Best Seller Homer’s Odyssey – How I learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat, made a stop on her book tour at Round Rock’s Shadow Cats sanctuary last Friday evening.  She visited with her human and feline fans and broadcasted an internet reading of her most recent book, Love Saves the Day: A Novel.

Gwen was gracious enough to give me a little time on camera to talk about her new book and go into some detail about what all went into the writing Homer's Odyssey Gwen Cooper and Homer the blind wonder cat at Shadow Cats in Round Rock Texasof this sweet story. As Gwen mentions in the video below, this heart warming novel is about the challenging relationship between a daughter and her mom and how the main character, Prudence the cat, is able to help them restore their damaged ties.

Prudence, a rescue kitty, narrates the story.  Her insights into human behavior are just as entertaining as her confusion about just why people do the thing they do. The story is set in New York City which also adds greatly to the entertainment value. It is a great mix of mother/daughter turmoil and how Prudence is not only in the business of teaching them both life lessons, but also in the middle of her own struggle to make sense of the interesting things her humans do.

Gwen and her husband Laurence, who is accompanying her on the book tour, also spent a lot of time entertaining the Shadow Cats audience about the day to day experiences they both have with their blind rescue kitty Homer who is the subject of Gwen’s last book, Homer’s Odyssey. Homer is quite a character and, in spite of his blindness, leads Gwen and Laurence through many happy experiences ranging from how he gets along with his human and feline roommates to his eccentric tastes in food. [Read more…]

Karen Valby – Welcome to Utopia – Notes From a Small Town

Karen Valby – Welcome to Utopia – Notes From a Small TownI got a two-for-one on Wednesday when I covered the Round Rock New Neighbors monthly meeting. It was not enough that I had the chance to meet and get to know this amazing group of Round Rock ladies but I also had the happy chance to meet and interview Karen Valby who was the guest speaker and the author of Welcome to Utopia: Notes From a Small Town.

This really was a treat. I grew up in rural Central Texas near Waco and my wife, Heidi, grew up in a small Kansas town that a Utopian would have found very familiar. That’s why we love this stuff so much. I loved hearing the stories Karen told as she spoke to the ladies. Karen talked about people named Kathy, Ralph, Coulter and Grant; people she met and got to know in Utopia, but she just as easily could have been talking about Skooter, Ricky, Bee-Bo and Harold; the people I grew up with. I think one of the thing that made listening to Karen talking about Utopia so fun and, ultimately so charming, was how surprised and delighted she sounded as she described how these people really were descent human beings.

I have to say I can’t blame her. After all the bad press that the south and, Texas in particular, has received over the last one hundred and sixty years, it shouldn’t be a surprise that someone from New York would come away from this experience talking about how genuinely good these people were. [Read more…]