Debra J. Rigas is the author of the book Everyone's A Guru. She is also an editor, filmmaker and writing coach. A well traveled world explorer, this writer has deep interest in and concern for humanity. Hundreds of her articles can be found online, others are in print. Please visit her website for full details, especially if you would like professional help for your books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In my book, Everyone's a Guru, the reader learns I was born in Yokohama, Japan and raised in Europe until nearly a teen - and much more. I appreciate a variety of cultures and am grateful I was exposed to so many as a child, and during many subsequent travels. Observing the world objectively and taking notes was as natural to me as breathing, and the writing has benefited.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first play as a child in Greece. I wrote verses for handmade greeting cards and poems for friends from a young age as well. Parents encouraged creative expression from the time I could talk, and In high school, my creativity was boosted by a couple of teachers who grasped my personality and choices in life. I am grateful to them al.
on March 16, 2011
What a charming little story this is! A young girl experiences the death of a dear relative. Healing comes through a mysterious elder. As someone who has spent considerable time with terminal illness and grieving families, I found this short work offers a simple and beautiful approach for children dealing with the pain of loss.
At the River
on March 16, 2011
Stop a moment to glean from these collected short lessons of a well-spoken mystic, and perhaps you will recognize the sacred in your own journey. Lessons from life need to be steeped awhile to appreciate the fullness of the cup. Pause at words like this to refill.
on March 19, 2011
Though quite a short tale, the writing here is good. The setting is vivid. Disappointments linger. But any reason to drop into Venice, Italy is welcome. Even if only to hint at things to come.