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How Creativity, Journal Writing and Nature Shaped This Writer

Dad, Mom and Me

When my client, now-friend, colleague and soul-sister, Dr. Randy Kamen Gredinger, invited me to be profiled as one of her inspiring women, I was blown away. I’d read the hugely inspiring stories in her newsletters and on her website and didn’t know how she’d be able to make my life sound so interesting.

But she did it.

And it’s an enlightening process–to have someone take a whole bunch of quirky details about your life and weave them together in a way creates sense out of the seeming chaos of one’s life.

Regina Brooks, me and Randy Kamen Gredinger at the Harvard Medical School publishing course this April

As a seasoned therapist, writer and speaker, Randy has a talent for seeing the patterns, purpose and meaning in the stories of people’s lives. In this article, she wrote beautifully about my experiences growing up and my creative inclinations, showing how they influenced my life path. I’m absolutely thrilled to share her article with you. You can read it here.

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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  1. Dr.Randy Kamen Gredinger says

    Lisa it was entirely my pleasure interviewing you. Your evolution as a creative writer and inspiring book writing coach dazzles all those who work with you. You make it seem so easy and accessible. One of your gifts is empowering others to see and realize their own potential as creative writers. Thank you for helping me with my own journey. xo Randy

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