Samara O'Shea

Working Title & Summary

December 10th, 2019

Winter Schminter. It’s brainstorming season! I have a book idea. Since May, when I first mentioned it, the idea has continued to take form. I have a working title and the bare bones of a book proposal. Earlier this year I thought, I’ll get to it when I do, but now I’m determined to see it through. Here’s to finding—no, making—time to complete it in 2020. The working title (followed by the working summary) is: Read the rest of this entry »

The Soul’s Holiday

November 1st, 2019

“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.” ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

I’m an introvert. Seeking solitude comes naturally to me. I realize that’s not the case for everyone. Introvert or extrovert, however, occasional solitude is healthy and restorative. There was a quality article in the NY Times this week about the importance of spending time alone. I recommend it if you need ideas on how to enjoy your own company.

Whistle(blow) While You Work

October 10th, 2019

“Whistleblowing is really about as American as apple pie. We passed the world’s first whistleblowing protection law in 1778…It’s interesting to read the original language which really conveys the sense that you have an obligation if you’re a public servant to report wrongdoing whenever you see it. I can read you a passage from the law that conveys that…It says, ‘That it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States as well as all other inhabitants thereof to give the earliest information to congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states.'”

~ Said by Allison Stanger, author of Whistleblowers: Honesty in America From Washington to Trump, on the podcast Today Explained.

Never Have I Ever

September 30th, 2019

Have you ever asked another person to write an emotionally-charged letter on your behalf?

The reason I’m asking is because a lovely woman named Cathy FitzGerald is making a thirty-minute radio documentary for the BBC about love letter ghostwriting. She asked to interview me about my time as a ghost-letter writer and was wondering if she could also speak with people on the other side of the experience—those who have hired (formally or informally) a letter writer. Read the rest of this entry »

Breathtakingly Beautiful

May 20th, 2019

“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale through the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life and it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” ~ L.R. Knost

Sex on a Spreadsheet

May 13th, 2019

As of late, I don’t have time to write a book proposal. But that doesn’t stop ideas from coming. These two titles have been making their way around my brain for a while. This is my process: I think of the title first and go from there. I posted both book titles on Instagram last week and asked for feedback. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sunday Telegraph (on Monday)

February 18th, 2019

I was interviewed recently by The Sunday Telegraph about writing love letters 💌. Yes, it would have been nice if I had posted this article a few days before Valentine’s Day (as I had planned). Alas! You can write a love letter any day of the year. Write one for March 14th or get a head start on VDay 2020…