Alissa Lukara is passionate about supporting individuals to write books that touch people’s hearts and souls and catalyze their transformation. She is just as committed to her own call to write fiction and nonfiction books that transform lives. That’s why she guides writing courses, eCourses and retreats for both fiction and nonfiction writers and why she is a writing coach, developmental editor, and speaker.
A professional writer for 30 years, Alissa Lukara has been widely published (hundreds of articles, a memoir and nonfiction book with a small and large publisher, poetry) and is the author of the memoir, Riding Grace: A Triumph of the Soul (Silver Light Publications, 2007). She has given presentations to thousands and has been interviewed on radio and TV across the country.
For 11 years, Alissa was also creator, president and editor for Lifechallenges.org, an 800-page website that offered self-help tools and inspirational, transformational articles and stories for millions of people facing adversity in 110 countries. She hosted the award-winning community television program, “Transcending Life Challenges.”
As a former PR executive, Alissa implemented national publicity campaigns for companies and individuals and now uses that expertise to guide transformational writers on how to build an impressive following for their books and blogs – a must to get published in today’s market – and to prepare them for media interviews.
A long-time member of Willamette Writers, Alissa was co-coordinator of the Southern Oregon Chapter for four years, spoke at its annual conference and is a regular presenter in Southern Oregon.
Alissa is currently writing a novel, entitled Secrets of the Trees, which combines the spiritual and personal transformation of Eat Pray Love, the magical realism of The Secret Life of Bees, and the glimpse at other world realities of The Lovely Bones. She is also completing a nonfiction book on the transformational journey of writing.
Alissa makes her home in Ashland, Oregon with her life partner, Jonah Blue, also a writer, and their cat, Charlie.
A personal note from Alissa Lukara:
I love teaching writing, working with individual writers, and sharing with them what I’ve learned on the journey of writing, completing and promoting books.
As a professional writer, I’ve traversed all aspects of the writing journey – and gained invaluable information about writing books that transform lives and about navigating today’s changing publishing landscape.
I also love writing fiction and nonfiction – books, essays, articles and poetry – and set aside a good deal of time to create and present my own material.
Over the years, I have discovered that writing is not only about transforming the lives of our audience. When we commit to the writing path – before we ever complete or publish a book – our own lives are transformed again and again by the process.
Mine was. Answering the call to write my memoir, Riding Grace, in particular changed my life and set me on a new trajectory that continues to fulfill me and bring meaning to each moment in ways I never dreamed possible.
And the most amazing part. My memoir, my transformational journey, touched and catalyzed other people’s lives, too – just like I hoped it would when I started.
I wish each of you, too, the experience of being the light at the end of the tunnel for readers who tell you, “Your book changed my life. I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up all night reading it. It was just the inspiration I needed. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for writing it. Thank you for giving voice to what I could not.” Value to my life, value to any writer: Priceless.
That is my deep wish for you.
About Alissa Lukara’s memoir, Riding Grace: A Triumph of the Soul:
“Alissa Lukara takes us on a ‘tell it like it is’ odyssey to the other side of the suffering. In reaching the light at the end of the tunnel of abuse and illness, she offers us the gift of grace.” —Naomi Judd, legendary country singer-songwriter and author of Love Can Build A Bridge
“Alissa Lukara’s inspiring story reveals the power of a human being to transcendsevere traumas and claim an authentic purposeful life.” —Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and Life is Huge!
“A strong, triumphant account of one woman’s healing process from chronic fatigue syndrome and incest.” —Laura Davis, author of The Courage to Heal and I Thought We’d Never Speak Again
“Alissa’s powerful personal story told with deep insight, truth, and vulnerability is an inspiration to us all. Her compelling journey of courage is a healing salve for the soul.” —Judith Wright, author of There Must Be More Than This: Finding More Life, Love, and Meaning by Overcoming Your Soft Addictions and The One Decision
“Alissa Lukara’s … astonishing memoir blends poetry with practicality, a cosmic vision with suspense. Above all, it is a testament to the power of the human soul.” —Molly Best Tinsley, author of Throwing Knives, winner of the Oregon Book Award and the Sandstone Prize, and Satan’s Chamber