Gail Hudson is an internationally certified life coach and NY Times bestselling writer whose career is built on elevating and exploring the feminine experience.
My writing career started when I was working as an advocate for women in prison and began asking, "How did you get here?” In response I heard stories of abusive homes, runaway escapes, assaults, life on the streets, drugs, lost children, racism, prostitution, welfare fraud, “crimes” of desperation. I scribbled their answers on a notepad, typed them up, then handed the women back their stories of resilience, sorrow, and survival against all odds. The women saw themselves as the heroines of their own stories—and my journey as a feminine empowerment writer began.
I took my fascination with feminine empowerment into journalism, where I honed my focus to the stories that reflected my concerns as a woman. I wrote essays and feature articles examining our relationships with children, partners, friends, lovers, nature, and most importantly ourselves. As a national magazine writer, I interviewed and wrote about leading storytellers and spiritual influencers: Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Anne Lamott, John O'Donahue, Dianne Ackerman, Gary Zukov, Richard Bach, and Gabrielle Roth.
Books were soon to follow, including I Wanna Be Sedated, an edited collection of essays about raising teenagers, and Quarreling, a book about helping children resolve conflicts, which landed me on the "Today Show" with Katie Couric.
In 2005 I began a writing collaboration with the renowned primatologist and UN Ambassador of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall. Through the lens of the feminine we offered inspirational stories about how we can build healthier relationships with food, with animals, with plants, and with humanity itself. Our books include Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating, Hope for Animals and Their World, and most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Seeds of Hope, Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants.
All this while I also worked as an editor, writing teacher and coach. I especially loved midwifing books while helping writers meet the criteria of strong writing—creativity, voice, ruthless honesty and courage.
Within the last decade an exciting development occurred when I expanded my relational work with writers by pursuing a life coaching training and certification. Nowadays the rivers of my passion for feminine empowerment and writing mentoring have converged into a writing coaching and book development practice, helping clients all over the world actualize their writing accomplishments.
When not working directly with clients, I'm usually pursuing my passions for yoga, dance and cooking or working on my next book, a memoir about my own empowerment journey in the realm of feminine sexuality.
And then I started to read these stories aloud – to my husband, to my safest friends, to myself. Gradually they became the writing I love the most, and the stories my readers most favored. Importantly, they began to form themselves into a memoir. They are the stories of my own heroine's journey; they are the stories that changed my life. My goal is that it'll be a book that changes yours.
One day I started writing down all the shame-coated stories inside me. Like many women, I began to awaken from the trance of my sexual conditioning. I looked at who I thought I was supposed to be, how I was supposed to act, how I was supposed to look and even what I was supposed to want. I became an archaeologist of the self, carefully unearthing buried relics from my past.
You could call this a parable of our times. But I told myself, I can never share these stories with anyone.