With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted to introduce you to a dear friend, fellow Litquake volunteer and dedicated writer, Nina Lesowitz, whose new book The Grateful Life will give you a reason to pause, take a deep breath and reflect on everything you have in your life. It’s easy to dwell on what’s not going right, what could be better, or how you’d like to change yourself (and others!), but Nina’s book helps us re-frame our idea of happiness and reminds us it’s as easy as giving thanks. An attitude of gratitude is just about the most potent medicine any of us can take. Enjoy!
What are you working on?
NL: My new book, The Grateful Life, was officially published last month while I was busy producing and/or attending numerous events for Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival. I am working on what every author has to do these days following her book’s publication – social media marketing, radio and TV interviews, and book signings. But I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity!
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
NL: Our books differ from others in the “gratitude genre” because they are not academic treatises or written entirely from the author’s personal perspective. They differ from other books in the inspiration genre because they are guidebooks as told through stories of people. We highlight the science behind gratitude’s many benefits and provide tips and practices to motivate readers into action.
Why do you write what you do?
NL: Writing a nonfiction, self help book is vastly different than creating a work of fiction. I am in awe of the talents of writers who have mastered character development, dialog, symbolism, and pace. Funny, my co-author Mary Beth Sammons and I advise others to counter their inner critic and focus on self-appreciation, yet here I am devaluing my contributions. I guess that’s why I partly why I write these books – I still need to work on myself!
I believe in the power of both literature and nonfiction to transform lives and teach us another way to be in the world. I hope that my books help others open themselves up to new possibilities. I am drawn to the ways that we can rewire our brains – at any age – to overcome anxiety, connect to a sense of purpose, and experience happiness in our daily lives.
How does my writing process work?
NL: My books have all been co-written, most recently with Mary Beth Sammons, who lives in Chicago. We send each other ideas, but we work independently on stories and sidebars. Our books take shape as we write these stories, and they flow organically into chapters and sections.
About Nina Lesowitz
Nina, along with Mary Beth Sammons, co-authored the best-selling Living Life as a Thank You, and What Would You Do if You Knew You Could Not Fail?: How to Transform Fear into Courage. When she is not producing events for Litquake or writing books, she gives thanks for the waters around the San Francisco Bay, where she and her husband sail their boat Gratitude. She’s thankful for the sea lions and dolphins that swim alongside her in those waters, and for the wind and currents that carry her to new places to explore. She is the mother to two grown daughters and a very small dog and cat. When Nina is not sailing, writing or producing, she is hones her urban gardening skills in Alameda, CA. She has a degree in English from San Francisco State University. To meet Nina, click here: http://thegratefullifebook.com/