Sharing Her Teenage Experience Through Verse, new Author Tells...

Years ago, Randi Owens used the power of poetry to survive the tough times and learn to embrace her emotions. Owens now offers those poems to others with her poetry collection entitled “This . . . Is About Life: Book I: Cherish Your Beginning” (published by Archway Press). The book is available for purchase at: https://www.amazon.com/This-About-Life-Cherish-Beginning/dp/1546953787.

The first of three poetry books representing her life, “Cherish Your Beginning” characterizes Owen’s teenage life growing up in a foster home with four of her biological siblings following the death of their parents. Mostly written over a five-year period, the verses mainly share life encounters, interactions and observations of others, with some nonsensical additions that provide a bit of humor to help readers through their day. Owens says that many of the poems reflect on her inherent courage and determination to succeed even when the odds were against her.

“When writing the poems, oftentimes there was an upheaval of emotions filled with a need to acknowledge an inner strength necessary for me to ‘Cherish My Beginning,’” Owens states. Adding advice for readers, she instructs “Cherish your beginning and use it as a stepping stone for a better life.”

“This . . . Is About Life”
By Randi Owens
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781480861060
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781480861053
E-Book | 132 pages | ISBN 9781480861077
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Randi Owens and four of her five siblings became wards of the state of Florida after their parent’s deaths in 1960 and 1963. She joined the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from high school and received an honorable discharge after five years of active duty service. She received an associate’s degree from Anchorage Community College, a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science from Eastern Illinois University, and a certification as a chemical dependency counselor from the College of Great Falls. Her professional career consisted of working as a youth at risk program manager, chemical dependency counselor, and licensed professional counselor, among others. Owens has lived in Alaska for over 27 years with her husband of over 40 years and their four adult children and grandchildren.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.



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