Author wrote ‘Life Kind of Sucks’ to lift spirits | Kitsap Week

POULSBO — “I wanted to write a book to help kids when they feel rejected, or glum, or feel a severe personal loss,” author EC Murray said.

Thus was born “Life Kind of Sucks,” an inspirational book illustrated by Poulsbo artist Germaine Austin. The book contains gentle ideas to support anyone who feels like “Life Kind of Sucks.”

“I knew of Germaine Austin’s quirky, whimsical artwork and was delighted that she wanted to participate in this project,” Murray said. “Her award-winning art perfectly complements the ideas and suggestions in this slender book.”

Pat Strickland of Silverdale said the book is “packed with powerful advice for anyone who struggles with the lemons in life. EC Murray’s suggestions are never preachy, but understanding, inspirational, and are a reflective guide to feeling better. The bright and color illustrations add to the energy that flows through the book.”

Murray is a Pushcart nominee and teaches writing at Tacoma and Seattle Central community colleges. She worked in Olympia on the State Infant Toddler Early Intervention Study.

“Life Kind of Sucks” is available at Salone Pettirosso in Port Orchard, Blue Water Artworks in Poulsbo, No. 7 Books in Port Gamble, and on


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