Louise Mathewson - Author & Poet

"A gem is not polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials." Proverb


Message from Louise

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The author of the acclaimed book, A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury (Pearlsong Press), short stories, narrative essays and poems, Louise Mathewson’s work has been published in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies – including the first volume of the bestselling book series, Cup of Comfort

While Louise has always written about the sacred moments in everyday experiences, today those experiences hold even deeper meaning. In February 2003 she emerged from a two-week coma following an auto-accident in which she suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Though a struggle at first, Louise returned to her writing as soon as she was able. She has since used her writing (and poetry in particular) to help her cope with the physical effects of the accident, recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder, and in the emotional part of her healing process. Today, Louise shares her story of hope and healing through the creative process with patients and others who have been affected by brain injury, stroke and other disabilities.

Louise at home in Sarasota, FL

(Photo: Keith Baumbaugh)


The Book

A collection of poems chronicling Louise's recovery from a brain damaging car accident. Included are journal therapy writing prompts and other resources Louise found helpful in transcending trauma. 

Thanks to the editors of the Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin, Inc. (BIRCofWI) who gave my book, A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury, a 5-star review in their quarterly newsletter!

Read more reviews at the publisher's website.

Get the Book at Amazon.com and visit Louise's author page.


A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury


Louise talks with best-selling author Kay Adams

Listen in as Louise is interviewed by Kay Adams, best-selling author, speaker, psychotherapist and visionary in the field of journal therapy, for the JournalVerse Ask the Experts podcast radio series. Click the audio player below to listen to the August 2014 interview, and learn more about the therapeutic benefits of journaling at JournalVerse.com, an international learning community for writers and facilitators.


Free e-Book 

Get your FREE copy of Louise's PDF format eBook, Tips for Managing TBI.

Tune in

CLICK HERE to listen in as Louise discusses her book, A Life Interrupted, in an audiocast interview with publisher Peggy Elam, first recorded and broadcast on Pearlsong Conversations in 2012.


Louise reads her poem, Blessings: