West Is San Francisco is the sequel to my gritty addiction memoir Between the Shadow and Lo. It’s weird, it’s dark, and it covers the first four years I spent in San Francisco working for a private detective, getting sober, and finally almost losing my mind to a cult-like startup and its sociopathic founder.
If you’re into transgressive fiction, autofiction, memoirs on alcoholism, or anything to do with narcissistic abuse, extreme codependency and/or fucked up toxic relationships, you’ll probably like it..
Lauren Sapala coached Highly Sensitive Writers for years before she discovered one of the biggest obstacles holding them back: resistance to marketing. The hidden reason behind this resistance is a deeply rooted fear that marketing for writers always results in a loss of integrity for the writer.
Almost all highly creative people are also Highly Sensitive People, many of which are INFJ or INFP personality types. Firefly Magic helps Highly Sensitive Writers shift their mindset and open up to new ways to promote their work.
After years of coaching writers who struggled with procrastination issues, high sensitivity to criticism, and crippling self doubt, I realized that almost every one of my clients was an INFJ or INFP. I used the insights I gained from these clients—as well as my own personal story as an introvert and Highly Sensitive Person—to show how the experience of the intuitive writer is radically different from the norm.
In the The INFJ Writer I discussed my years as a raging alcoholic when I was in my early 20s. During that time I lived through my shadow side, the dark and dysfunctional extrovert who only came out when I was drinking. Between the Shadow and Lo is the novel based on those experiences. It’s raw, it’s gritty, and it’s a book that exposes a side of myself that I’m not proud of, but that exists nevertheless.
For fans of transgressive fiction and addiction lit, it’s an interesting ride.