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Erin Vincent

Author, Corporate, Inspirational Speaker, Personal Development, Speaking Out

Erin Vincent is a highly respected journalist who has worked both here and in the US for publications such as The AustralianMarie Claire,The Sunday Telegraph and America’s biggest selling publicationPeople Magazine. She is also the author of the acclaimed memoir Grief Girl: My True Story that is now in its seventh printing in the US and was named a New York Public Library’s Best Book for 2007.

What other jobs have you had?

Not content with just one career, I have been a theatre actress, fashion designer, costume designer, stylist to the stars in Los Angeles, journalist, travel writer, publicist, bar tender, and sold pies and mushy peas to rowdy sailors at Harry’s Cafe De Wheels in Woolloomooloo. However, I may have finally settled down (well, maybe), as I think I have found my true calling – I now work part-time as a youth worker in a Sydney refuge and write late at night with my cat sleeping at my feet.

What themes are recurring in your work?

My work mainly focuses on grief, loss and overcoming adversity as I am fascinated by how we deal with the unexpected things that happen to us. I am a big believer that it’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with it that counts.

What have been the highlights of your career?

When Grief Girl was first published, a troubled thirteen-year-old Sydney girl wrote to me about her grief and depression. We conversed via email for two years and then one day, when I was on a school visit, a cheerful and self-assured young redhead walked up to me and introduced herself as my email friend of two years. It was a moment I will cherish forever. I continue to get letters and emails from people of all ages (the oldest being 71!) who have read my book and feel a connection to it. When writing the book, I had an idea this would happen and it continues to be the most rewarding part of my whole writing career.

Where have your works been published?

The AustralianThe Weekend Australian MagazineThe Sunday TelegraphThe Daily TelegraphThe Sun-HeraldGrazia Magazine,Girlfriend MagazineMarie Claire (UK), People Magazine (US).

What are you passionate about?

At the risk of sounding extreme, I believe education can be a savior. When my parents were killed in a road accident when I was fourteen it was the quest for a better life that kept me going, and I knew education was the key. I try to remind people that if you put your mind to it you can do and be anything.

Haven’t I seen you before?

I have appeared on Channel Seven’s Sunrise, Channel Seven News, ABC’s The Conversation Hour with Richard Fidler, Life Matters with Richard Aedy, and various other TV and radio programs both here and in the US.

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