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  • Candace Coakley

What Lurks in Your Forest?



"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

My variation of this thought experiment goes something like this:

“If *INSERT COMPLEX LIFE ISSUE HERE * happens and no one knows, did it really happen?”

*Assault, Addiction, ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Anorexia, Autoimmunity, Alzheimer’s, Alcoholism.


This is only the letter A...the list of complex life issues is neverending. Everyone has obstacles to overcome, it’s part of the human condition. But talking about them doesn’t always come easily. There's no shortage of shame and blame in our society. To decipher life’s mysteries, I have always turned to writing, especially when it comes to taboo topics that are rife with stigma. I love to help people make meaning and find clarity amid messy, complicated lives.

Things-that-must-not-be-named hold their power in deep fear...like Lord Voldemort skulking around your keyboard. My writing journey has empowered me to overcome fear and I want to help other writers find this same freedom through their words. In my lifelong search for truth, I’ve written volumes about issues that have impacted me or my loved ones. The act of writing has always comforted me, but the thought of sharing work can be disconcerting. If this is true for you, I feel your pain. I understand that bearing your soul takes courage and commitment.

As your book coach, I will help you sort through the clutter and identify the universal in your story. By doing this deep work, you will help others going through a similar experience by showing them that they’re not alone. I specialize in helping writers find their voice and tell the story that’s burning inside, no matter how difficult it may be. Once I realized I had the ability to be honest about uncomfortable topics, I was able to take back control of my own story. I have learned what it takes to break through the clutter. I love coaching writers to find their voice.

I specialize in helping writers overcome fear-based thoughts that could be holding them back from pursuing their goals. I will help excavate the story burning inside. Whether you decide to publish or not is an individual choice with real consequences. I will take your hand and guide you as we explore the pros and cons of different publishing paths and the best way to share your work. Together, we'll walk through the forest and tune in to all the sounds.