Creatives can (and do) heal the world by telling our stories, first & foremost for ourselves & in ever-widening circles.

© GRAY DUCK STUDIOS


Award-Winning Author, Podcaster, Book Whisperer & Master Certified Life Coach. And yes, Wordsmith.


Our stories help us recognize and welcome the gifts that will serve us best now. And how does that happen?

That’s the question I pose in Frau Amy’s World: Conversation with Real-Life Creatives, my podcast. I explore variations on the same theme in my true-life novel, German Awakening: Tales from an American Life. It’s why I do what I do.

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Courageous Wordsmith goes far beyond me. It’s about shared wisdom and play. Finding your key tools to move forward. Sanctuary spaces with kindred spirits who get it.

Everything I offer — Toolkits, Coaching & Community for Creatives — ALL helps me shine light on your brilliance. Together with you.

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Amy is the Empress of ReVisioning.
Susan, Pastor & Fiction Writer


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I’m pretty sure you’re one of my people.

You’re here. Which may simply mean you like stories… OR…

Somewhere inside you, there’s an inkling. You hear muses — Your Muses — whispering. If this is true, you’ll know it. You’ll feel it.

There’s a Book inside you. Or another Big Creative Calling. (Will you listen?)

Your Muses will keep calling, no matter your REASONS why not. Nevermind the certainty with which you insist you have nothing to say, not now, maybe NEVER.

Even if your story actually matters… (Hint: It does…) I hear you asking how you could possibly be a Creative?

It’s your choice. Always. However.

If you WERE NOT a Creative at heart, would you really protest so much?


Ask me how I know.

I always knew I had Books inside me. Still… somewhere during college, I made the choice to be REASONable.* And gave up my Book Writing Dream. Forever.

* Reason 1: Other People were far better writers. Apparently one must arrive on this earth a good writer?! Harrumph.

* Reason 2: I had “nothing to write about,” not even my visit to both sides of the Berlin Wall. Because the Wall fell. Germany reunited. Happily Ever After. The End. (Ahem…)

Alas, I could recite a long list of items I declared I would never do, all of which happened. Every Creative tells similar stories. The REASONS AREN’T TRUE.

I learned that lesson when my life fell apart (all over the place) and I (FINALLY!) gave myself permission to write.

Here’s my book to prove it.


German Awakening: Tales from an American Life won the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Award, Bronze for Best Midwest Nonfiction.


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The perfect story for right now.

Sarah Bamford Seidelmann, Swimming with Elephants

Today I am an author. I want this for you.

Except, you know, your version.

That Creative Voice you can’t REASON away? What if you let yourself listen and Something Wonderful happens? What if you don’t? Will you regret it?

REMEMBER: It’s your choice. Always.

And. Nobody does this alone.

Here’s how it happens.

It took ten years to write my book. (Or thirty. How are we counting?) It arrived, exactly on time. Because someone… many someones… saw my promise, nudged me forward as a writer, and showed me I had something to write.

We Creatives do that: Hold up mirrors and shine a light for each other.

(Is it time for YOU?)

Doors open, possibility beckons, stories unfold as they want to. Me? I wrote two books woven together as one. That’s right, conjoined twins. A late-stage editor finally helped me admit it. My denial drove mentors crazy. I digress.

With writers cheering me on, I’ve completed one award-winning book. About Germany. Seems that story still matters. And my Other Book?

I’m revising it. What I’ve learned in the meantime has changed everything!

All Creatives have versions of this tale. We’ve been there. We get it. We also know: Writers Write & Creatives Create.

Will you join us? It’s time.

I can help you get CLEAR.

Look again. Let your eyes adjust. I know (been there often) the courage it takes. Breathe. Feel your wisdom. Remember who you are.

There’s gold in unpacking your stories. Give yourself permission.

You name it. I’ll shine a light.

© GRAY DUCK STUDIOS


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