Sabrina Rawson Newsletter


Sabrina Rawson


Interviews and Reports

  What inspired me to write a book were two women who went through cancer with me.  They both were terminal, but when we met they weren’t and it was at that time I said why not, I’ll give it a try.  When they became terminal I cried so much because I was battling and winning when they were battling and losing.  One of them, Kim, she tells me to finish it, because there is nothing wrong with having the time to follow my dreams when she no longer had the freedom of time.  I think that really hit home for me.  I spent two years writing my book in which six months was spent seeking professional advice, support and stepping outside my comfort zone to achieve my dream of publication.

  My interest in writing originated with my love for reading.  I could read several books a day for many days in a row if I wanted to, but one day I decided I had too many stories screaming in my head to be told and I wanted to put them on paper.  After I was half way through writing my first book, my cancer friend (who I mentioned earlier, Kim) right before she died, said go for the “pot of gold and publish,” so I did.

  The hardest part of writing my book was learning how to write.  I wrote the entire story, but learning how to write so the manuscript could be readable was a monster I had never met.  I had many email sessions and coffee shop dates with my editor many months.  I learned how to write prose, point of view, perspective so I wouldn't lose my characters or the read within flow of storyline.  All the details expected from a creative writing class I learned from her and a whole lot of articles on the subject found online.

  What I learned from writing my book was so much of me was woven into the characters.  When I read my manuscript prior to sending it off for formatting, I noticed how much the words spoken in dialogue were words from my own heart.  I had subconsciencely identified with my characters and with that knowledge I felt pride for what I had accomplished.  So I guess I learned acceptance of who I am as a person as well as an author.

  The advice I have for anyone who want's to become an author is don’t give up what you start.  No matter how difficult or financially un-affordable it is to be a writer, because you can accomplish your dreams by working hard enough.  I could only afford an editor by sending a couple of chapters to her every two weeks.  We did that for four months.  By the time we were through, I was ready to edit the manuscript again, and again and again, until I felt it was polished, the words flowed and the structure of the storyline held the concepts I wanted to portray.  I didn’t send it off to a professional service like I wished I could thinking it would make my life easier, but now I know I would have had to do the work in the end anyway to rewrite it.  So I buckled down and learned how to do it myself.  Everything about writing and publishing a book, I have done on my own with determination, patience (sometimes not) and hours and hours of sitting in front of a computer researching how to do it from everyone else.  If I can do this, so can you.

~Sabrina Rawson


Journalism Around the World

   I am very proud to say I am a published author.  I recently submitted an article to an online magazine called Survivor’s Review and they not only liked it, they agreed to publish it in their 2014 Anthology which is viewable online.  The story is about how I found the strength to move forward with cancer in my body without fear.  This story was hard to write because no one knew of the true depth of my inner struggles, some not even my husband knew of, so for me to share this was brutally honest and revealing for me the writer.  Completing this project I realized I had not congratulated myself for a job well done living life with cancer.  You can see the article and those of the other winners at

~Sabrina Rawson
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