Sheila Paxton is an award-winning relationship coach. She is an expert in helping singles overcome the barriers that keep them from connecting with the love of their life. Sheila knows first-hand about the sorrow and guilt that accompany poor relationship decisions. She divorced twice before she married the love her life, Orley Paxton, to whom she now has been married for twenty-five years. Her first book, Getting Past Jaded, combines relationship wisdom with a bit of magic to guide people through the ups and downs of love.

Before getting certified as a relationship coach, Sheila was an award-winning and prolific entrepreneur. She has launched three successful companies and led operations at seven other firms. She was recognized as an influential “training renegade” by Working Woman magazine and is still a respected speaker on business trends as well as the best practices for conferences and executive briefings worldwide.

Boulder Writers' Workshop: What kinds of projects are you working on?

Sheila Paxton: I’m currently in the brainstorming phase for a sequel to Getting Past Jaded. As part of my business coaching practices, I have just finished the development of a virtual training program that helps other coaches develop certification programs from their intellectual property.

BW: What do you like about being a writer in Colorado?

SP: There are tremendous resources for writers in Colorado. Even after living here for 17 years, I am still awed and inspired by its beauty. Colorado’s weather is also conducive to getting outdoors and meeting people, which stimulates my writer’s mind.

BWW: Who or what are you reading right now?

SP: I’m reading Anne Lamott’s work now, and have just started Grace (Eventually)

BWW: What’s the best piece of writing advice you’d like to pass on?

SP: Fire your internal editor. Allow yourself to just write and let it flow without judgment. That “editor” almost kept me from writing my book, so I fired her.

BWW: What do you hope to get out of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop?

SP: I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know other writers in Boulder, with whom I can commiserate. I’m also hopeful that I’ll be able to set goals for my next writing project. What I have to give to the group is creativity, enthusiasm, and support.