RI Authors Showcase – Meet Sue Brescia

Welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! Each day in November, this blog will feature a different Rhode Island author. Read the post and leave a comment and you are eligible to win this day’s giveaway!

Leave a comment every day this month for over 30 chances to win either our Grand Prize (a $250 Amazon gift card), our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card), or a Cheer-Up Prize (amount to be determined), just in time for holiday shopping!

A winner will be randomly selected one week after the publication of the blog post, and the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize winners will be randomly selected on December 7, 2021. For the daily giveaways, the author will contact you directly to coordinate delivery. Print books for delivery within the US only, please.

Sue Brescia

“The collection of my life’s experiences have sculpted me into the artist I am today.”

She is an artist. A musician. A songwriter. A composer. A singer. And an author.

You can learn so much about this multi-talented woman by visiting her website: https://www.suebrescia.com/

In the beginning of 2020, and for the next 18 months after that, Sue began journaling through art to showcase the strength of the human spirit during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic.

In Sue’s own words: “When the pandemic blanketed the world, I was so riveted by the courage and resilience of the human spirit that I wanted to find a way to convey those feelings. With charcoal in hand, the new journey began and The Year the World Stood Still came to life. ​Life is a rollercoaster of emotions, regardless of who we are, where we live, or how old we are. Learning to journal through various art forms helps process emotions and contribute to healing.”

Whether you are a frontline worker, history buff, survivor, or know of someone who sacrificed their health for the good of others, The Year the World Stood Still connects with readers of all ages. It includes pandemic statistics and a place to journal one’s own experience during COVID-19. This beautiful piece memorializes the endurance of the human spirit and proves that together we can overcome even the worst of times.

​Sue says, “I hope this book serves as a reminder of who we are, the moral obligation we share with one another, the fortitude of the human spirit, and that hope will always shine through the darkest of times. I encourage you to pull from within and express yourself through whatever creative methods give you a sense of freedom and joy.” 

Sue has very generously offered to give away a copy of this beautiful hardcover book. Your comment on this post enters you into the drawing (as well as giving you an extra entry into the Grand Prize drawings at the end of this feature). How has COVID-19 changed you?

Join us on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the CROWNE PLAZA in Warwick for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo!

43 thoughts on “RI Authors Showcase – Meet Sue Brescia

  1. Covid gave me time to spend with my son before he headed off to college. It was his senior year. Sure he missed a lot of senior things at school but we spent quality time together that I will be forever grateful

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  2. Covid gave me time to spend with my son before he headed off to college. It was his senior year. Sure he missed a lot of senior things at school but we spent quality time together that I will be forever grateful

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  3. That charcoal is stunning. Thank you. I just tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. It’s and advanced, persistent, threat. It should not be taken lightly.

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    1. Hi Thomas,
      I’m so sorry to hear you tested positive. I actually had Covid in January and it was a nightmare. Although I am fully vaccinated I continue to mask up as a precaution. I hope you’re on the mend soon.
      And thank you for the compliment!
      All the best,
      Sue

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  4. My husband and I are retired and at home. The pandemic did not have as great an impact on our day-to-day life as it did on most folks. Still, being unable to be free to do what we wanted when we wanted was a wake-up call to really appreciate the small things in life and realize that they are what is most important.

    You book is a stunning way to memorialize a situation that has changed us all forever.

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    1. Hi Connie,
      Thanks for the compliments!!!!!!! Life’s adversities has a way of tapping you on the shoulder reminding you of what’s most important in life!!!!
      Take good care!
      Sue

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  5. I have had a hard time coping with Covid. I was so scared. I contacted every relative to tell them I loved them, in case I died. I even had a melt down in the grocery store. I had to leave my cart with 2 packages of the rare find…toilet paper. I just sat in my car and cried.

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  6. Hi Sue, we met at the Scituate Art Festival where I bought your phenomenal book . It truly is a work art and so moving! I look forward to seeing you at the Expo –

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  7. Sounds like it is a very moving book! Covid changed my life due to an increased workload, which coupled with working at home, resulted in almost constant working. Alsothe loss of family members and friends, some from Covid and some from other causes, has reminded me that life is short!

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    1. Hi Jane,
      I’m so sorry for your losses. Covid impacted so many lives. I felt the need to memorialize what we went through as a community and a country. I wanted to capture the amazing selflessness and human resilience in addition to telling our story. We may not have been in the same boat but we certainly were in the same storm! I hope I get to meet you in person at the expo.
      All the best,
      Sue

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  8. Sue, good for you for journaling as a way to cope with the pandemic. And for celebrating the strength of the human spirit and sharing your talent. Covid has taught me to try to take better care of my physical health by exercising and cooking healthy meals.

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    1. Hi Portia,
      I’ve always used an art form as a way of expressing myself through most of my life. I think it’s important to do so, especially during such uncertain times. I hope I get to meet you in person at the expo.
      All the best,
      Sue

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  9. Listening to more to music, cooking much better meals, putting more thought into the lives of others, enjoying my grandkids (remotely) and thinking about where I’m going with my writing – my 4th novel and book of short stories.

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  10. Covid has given me more time to read and work on my genealogy as I have been working from home since March 2020. My commute is just down the hall.

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    1. Hi Carolyn,
      I used to commute from Lincoln to Middletown every day. What a nightmare! Your commute certainly couldnt be better. 😉
      I hope I see you at the expo!
      All the best,
      Sue

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  11. I was able to work from home for awhile, and I have been wearing cat masks. My cats love the masks, 🙂 but they hate it now whenever I leave for work. Due to COVID, I was working fewer hours (just 40 hours per week, instead of 60 hours per week). I then had more time to write my seventh book. While working from home, I also hated not driving my car too much.

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  12. Your book is so valuable, the cover truly inspiring! COVID has been devastating and yet through this world disaster has come countless stories of unselfish deeds, people uniting and being there for one another, and the resilience of humanity. Through hardship comes inspiration and appreciation!

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    1. Hi Phyllis,
      Isn’t it amazing how the best of us seems to surface during the worst of times. You hit it on the head. That is why I wanted to memorialize such an important time in our lives.
      I hope to meet you at the expo!
      All the best,
      Sue

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      One of the gifts that come from life’s adversities, to see what’s most important in life!
      And thank you. Although it tells the story of our times, it showcases the grace and resilience of the human spirit!
      I hope to see you at the expo!
      All the best,
      Sue

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  13. If I could live my life over, you are the kind of person I would like to be; someone who actually uses the gifts God has given to make the world a better place. I have always been a homebody and the Covid lockdown fit me to a T. My problems began when I had to get back to real life and go back to Church, and go back to all the other activities I was required to do before 2020!

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    1. Covid was really hard at first, I had to find new ways to communicate with people outside my family. My bookclub group felt isolated as well. So we still met on zoom every other week just to visit with each other. Friendships blossomed. I realized shopping on line was actually easier on me. I guess we adapt to new ways when we must. My bookclub now meets in person, but some are still waiting longer.
      Your way of looking at life thru 2020 is very positive. Will put your book on my list.

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  14. COVID has reinforced to me something I have been taught and have known all my life: To Not take Anyone or Anything for granted. Life is to Precious , it is here right now and the next second it can be gone. We must live one day at a time and make the Best of each day. And never lose Hope! We must forgive and ask for forgiveness. Thank you for the chance of winning your great sounding book. Have a great week and stay safe.

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    1. Hi Alicia,
      You couldn’t have said it any better. I totally agree with you. Life’s adversities have a way of making us realize what is most important in life!
      I hope to see you at the expo.
      Stay well!
      Sue

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  15. I’ve stopped worrying about trying to be sociable. I’m an introvert, and I’m ok with that. I’m comfortable with wanting to be home most of the time. I’m thankful for the internet. I can keep in touch with people this way.

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  16. COVID-19 has slowed me down considerably -not in a physical sense, but emotionally and in my daily living. I think the pandemic slowed most of down. It has given us time to be reflective on what is important and what is not. Thanks for the opportunity to win your book.

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