Rosemary Augustine

Biography

A native of Southern New Jersey, Rosemary Augustine spent most of her adult life living in Colorado and returned to the Philadelphia area in 2001. However, when Rosemary relocated from her home in Denver to the New Jersey / Pennsylvania area, something different happened besides a change of address. Rosemary embraced the culture of the northeast with a flair for creativity which opened a new direction for her as an artist and writer.

Rosemary calls herself a Journal Aficionado – her License Plate reads: “Journal” … She offers many creative workshops focused on art-filled play and creative writing taking your spirit to new levels. Her artistic endeavors include acrylic and watercolor painting, designing and developing hand-crafted journals as well as a daily writing practice.

Rosemary helps you get focused through an age-old medium that generates ideas, breaks through writer's block and opens doors never imagined – all through creativity using art and writing as the base. Many people feel they are not creative, and have great fear around using paint, crayons or markers and especially around journal writing. Rosemary has a unique ability to put her audience at ease with simple right-brain exercises that result in pure creative expression.

Rosemary has numerous accolades awarded her since 1991 as an author, coach, facilitator and speaker. Her proudest include listings in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in the World and, of course, being an author. Rosemary released her first book in 1995 titled Facing Changes In Employment and continues to work as a Career Coach from 1991. She released her second book titled How To Live and Work Your Passion in 2000. Through this book and her website, she continues to inspire others to follow their passion. Rosemary’s third book is titled: 365 Days of Creative Writing. She has also written Secrets I Learned From Ordinary House Cats, 29 Things To Do and Journal to a More Creative Self.

Rosemary spent 20 years in Corporate America and another 20 years helping people transition out of Corporate America. During her days in Corporate, she hired, managed and trained individuals. She worked for such companies as Integrated Resources, The Coach Store, Prudential Insurance and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. Beginning in 1980, she spent 10 years in the financial services industry, holding a NASD Series 7 Stock Broker’s License and later worked as Director of Investor Relations for a Denver-based brokerage firm. Rosemary continues to joke today about how she ever survived Corporate America – especially 20 years!

Today, she operates her life from a 2nd story flat and shares her home with the two feisty felines named Ziggy and Zack. Each is an inspiration for her art and writing.
Rosemary is the owner of Blue Spruce Publishing and began her writing and consulting business in 1991. Today, she spends her time writing, painting and honoring her creative spirit. She makes her home in Berwyn, PA.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
My writing starts in my journal... I am an avid fan of journaling for at least 15 minutes each day - preferably in the morning before all the craziness of the day. Sometimes it's a data dump and other times, a stream of consciousness begins, bringing forth gems for use in my books. Going beyond my journal to the keyboard, I set a timer and write for 1-2 hours with no editing, just pure rough writing. Only when I schedule time to edit my rough notes is when I'll begin to polish the words.
When did you first start writing?
I have diaries from when I was about 18, with lots of poetry, ramblings and interesting thoughts. I never published any of it... though I probably should now that I'm a published author. I began journaling around age 30 and for the next three decades, found my daily writings would flow like water from an open facet. When I worked as a Career Coach in the 1990s, I would suggest journal prompts to my clients who were struggling with career transition. As I found myself listening to many tales of woe, I would suggest “why don’t you journal on that” with the response being “I wouldn’t know what to write.” When I would suggest a particular word or phrase, a light bulb would go off with their response of: “what a great idea.” Those suggestions eventually turned into an idea for a book and now many years later my book titled: 365 Days of Creative Writing.
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Where to find Rosemary Augustine online


Where to buy in print


Books

Journal to a More Creative Self
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,220. Language: American English. Published: January 16, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
The book uses special writing prompts to heighten sensory awareness and gain intuitive insight and meaning to your surroundings. Explore one of the five senses each week in the particular order of: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell culminating with the 6th week exploring your intuition. Experiment with a different sensory topic each week with prompts, examples, and special “tool” words.
365 Days of Creative Writing
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,390. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
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A daily writing practice requires constant feeding of new ideas to draw from deep inside your writing well. This book offers daily prompts to get your creative juices flowing and provides the kick start necessary when you are faced with writers block. Give your writing a boost whether you are writing your memoir, have a daily journaling practice or building fictional characters.

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