AliciaGarey2014We’re pleased to feature Alicia Garey this month!

Interior designer and author Alicia Garey blogs on the Huffington Post, where she chronicled her breast cancer experience in 2012 (and wrote non-cancer articles too). Alicia previously worked in the television literary department at a prominent Los Angeles talent agency and in television production. She has published over 50 online interior design articles for Demand Media. Alicia’s winning color combination is permanently featured in the Designer Palettes for California Paints. Her Signature Style ‘Loft’ sofa was made exclusively for the Sofa Company. She studied interior design at UCLA, and is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

HiResFinalCoverHer Book “What a Blip”: A Breast Cancer Journal of Survival and Finding the Wisdom

It isn’t what happens to you, it’s what you do when it happens. Through the trauma of breast cancer Alicia Garey came out of the writing closet to share her experience and how she restored her balance. Facing the challenges of motherhood, running an interior design business while also a wife, daughter, sister and friend, Alicia celebrates the gift of life through a new lens, and finds the joy by seeing the light in her darkest hours. Alicia dedicates her story to all of us who have or will face a terrifying life challenge. As far as she can tell, the challenges do indeed come our way, and we learn from them.

While Alicia was in the process of writing What a Blip, she became aware of the National Memoir Association and is so thankful for the terrific and insightful webinars offered, many of them free of charge, which helped shape the direction of her book. As a first time author, Alicia soaked up as much as she possibly could from numerous sources, including a local writing workshop where she (yikes), read her material out loud. As anyone will attest, it takes a village. Alicia is grateful to have connected with so many wonderful resources along the way.

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