Phyllis Coletta


I'm a writer, coach, and speaker but really, who am I to tell you anything? Why would you buy my books or listen to me speak or set me loose on a roomful of decent folks? Who am I to teach you anything?

I’m certainly no scientist, therapist, counselor, mega-coach, movie star, expert or authority on anything other than myself. I’ve had a rollicking fun adventurous life, raised three boys as a mostly-single mom, practiced law for 15 years (I am now in recovery), taught high school English, became an EMT, a cowgirl (not a good one, but a cheerful one), a ranch hand, back up wilderness guide (the one who does all the scut work), and a Buddhist chaplain. I’ve worked in classrooms, courtrooms, emergency rooms; with ski patrollers, cowboys, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and kids. Born and raised in Philly, I’ve lived in a 300 square foot cabin off the grid on 5000 acres in The Middle of Nowhere, Colorado. From the Jersey shore to the Purple Mountain Majesties, I’ve skied, rafted, climbed, biked, run and hiked through life. It’s a pretty fun resume but I’m no Dr. Phil. Except for my JD degree which is technically a doctorate, making me - indeed - Dr. Phyl. Having collected so many experiences, I am a helluva storyteller.

How else to put this? I was born to inspire other people to their best and highest selves. Nothing is more fun for me - NOTHING - than being a positive, collaborative, sensitive, intellient and fun agent of REAL CHANGE. Try one of my books on for size, or contact me about coaching or speaking. We can just talk for awhile and then see what you think. The truth is that everything you need to know is right inside you. I can just help clear the air.

Where to find Phyllis Coletta online

Where to buy in print


Radical Joy: How to Live Like There's No Tomorrow
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 30,250. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
Using stories from the dying, the traumatized, and the brave Phyllis Coletta exposes the razor's edge of living life to the fullest. Learn about Post Traumatic Growth and the skills and practices of people who survive disaster and emerge better. Chock full of helpful guides, RADICAL JOY can help you find a way to live your authentic life.
Don't Fence Me In: The Adventures of a Soccer Mom Turned Cowgirl
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,510. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
The true story of a litigation attorney, single Mom from Jersey who chucks everything and moves to Colorado to become a cowgirl. Life change at its best, both hilarious and heartbreaking, follow Phyllis as she shows up scared and brave in the wild West. Of course there's a cowboy, equal parts exhilaration and heartbreak. A read for everyone who dreams of being free.
Prior Bad Acts
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,760. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
PRIOR BAD ACTS is the story of attorney Maria Testa, mother of three small boys, caught in the vortex of a nasty sexual harassment case against an Atlantic City casino vice president. The title refers to a rule of evidence that precludes the introduction of any facts regarding past behavior in order to prove an intent or event in the present.
Tales From the Dork Side
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,590. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
Does life confuse you too? Tales From the Dork Side is a hilarious compendium of stories about how we sail through our lives filled with crazy men (Cowboy Bob), kids, problems with sex, food, and facial hair. What do men really want? (Food and Sex: "F Squared"). What's a good day of parenting? (When you put the kids to bed alive). Laugh and learn how to lower your standards while raising your Joy.

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