Creekside Books fireside authors offer life advice

At 27, Mississippi native and Colorado resident Megan O'Nan has done what many writers her age are trying to do -- publish their own book.

Author of "Creating Your Own Heaven on Earth," O'Nan visited Creekside Books & Coffee on Dec. 11 to speak during the Laura's List Fireside Chat and to release the debut text.

For O'Nan, the book and its title came naturally.

"The title popped in my head," she said. It came to her one evening while she was at a friend's wedding reception. She saw children dancing to the music, essentially creating their own heaven, and the rest is history.

"It's a life philosophy that people can relate to on different levels," O'Nan said about the book.

An easy read, it's about the author's life experiences that others can share with her. Since she's always shared her writing with others, penning the text was "no big surprise" to those who know her.

With her first book put to bed and available for sale, O'Nan is already hard at work on her second book with a goal to have one a year.

Being invited to join Laura's List by the fire to release "Creating Your Own Heaven on Earth" was overwhelming, but also a good feeling, O'Nan said.

"It's awesome," she said. "There are no words."

Much like O'Nan, Shannon Magari of Baldwinsville will offer readers a way to connect in an upcoming book. A Harvard graduate, author, divorce survivor, inspirational speaker and the mother of a 4-year-old daughter, Magari created the Web site smartdivorcegirl.com to help others survive. Now she's put many of the ideas on the Internet in print.

Though Magari's manuscript has not yet been published -- she's currently shopping publishers in New York City and plans for a mid-2009 release -- she encourages women who are trying to make it through those tough times to visit her Web site and blog about those changes taking place.

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