More than a beautifully written book, Wild Ideas is a toolkit for anyone wanting to work and think outside the box—it’s not just for artists.”

 —Stephen Silverman, Esq.


—Judy Abbate, award-winning graphic designer

In The News . . . here’s the latest from Wild Ideas

I’m thrilled to share all the international attention Wild Ideas has been receiving. For more information select a category: awards, reviews, interviews, and events. Thanks for visiting.



 WINNER of the Nautilus Book Award

The Nautilus Book Awards program has recognized Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out for making an “exceptional literary contribution” to conscious living, positive social change and spiritual growth—as well as to the worlds of art and creativity. “Dedicated to excellence and high standards of both message and presentation,” previous Nautilus winning authors include Deepak Chopra, M.D., Marianne Williamson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, Jean Houston, Ph.D., Julia Cameron and more…

 WINNER of the International Soul-Bridge Body-Mind-Spirit Book Awards of Europe

Wild Ideas is the WINNER in the “Self Help Personal Development” category of the International Soul-Bridge Body-Mind-Spirit Book Awards of Europe—an international award celebrating books that embody excellence and communicate a high value spiritual message to the world.

 Silver Medal Award from eLit Awards

Wild Ideas has been awarded a SILVER Medal from eLit Awards, “a global awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best e-books published each year for the North American market.”

 WINNER of the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award

Wild Ideas is the 2017 SILVER Winner for Self-Help in the 20th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year AwardsForeword Magazine, Inc. discovers, reviews, and shares the best books from small, university, and indie presses as well as self-published authors.

Bronze Medal Award from Global Ebook Awards

Wild Ideas has received a Bronze Medal from Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards in the “Non-Fiction, Inspirational/Visionary” category. These annual awards honor the legacy of Dan Poynter, author, speaker, and pioneer in the indie-publishing industry, and continue his dedication to promoting high-quality independently published books.

Reader Views Reviewers Choice Literary Award

Wild Ideas has been honored by Reader Views with a Reviewers Choice Literary Award for “content originally, production quality and design, impact of message and resourcefulness.”

Best Indie Notable Book

Wild Ideas has been named a Notable 100 Book in the Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition. Shelf Unbound Indie Book Review Magazine features the best of small press and self-published books. Each issue reaches 125,000 avid readers in more than 70 countries.

WINNER of the Northern California Book Festival Competition

The Northern California Book Festival has chosen Wild Ideas as its WINNER in the “General Nonfiction” category.

Winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion Award for excellence

Wild Ideas has been honored with a gold Medallion Award from indieB.R.A.G., a book readers appreciation group that includes readers, both individuals and members of book clubs, located throughout the US and in ten other countries around the globe.

Voted Best Book for 2017

BlueInk Review has listed Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out as one of their Best Books of 2017.

Silver Medal Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association

The Nonfiction Authors Association has awarded Wild Ideas a SILVER Medal for excellence in the quality of writing, editing and overall design.

Bronze Medal Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA)

The CIPA EVVYs, one of the longest-running international book award competitions on the Indie publishing scene (over 25 years), awarded Wild Ideas a BRONZE medal in the “Nonfiction Self-Help” category.

Recommended by Booklist Magazine

Booklist Magazine (key supplier of reviews to the library market) has chosen Wild Ideas for its September 2017 list of “Recommendations”.

Book Of The Week

The ebook edition of Wild Ideas has been selected as Book of the Week by No Shelf Required, a portal that celebrates art and literature in digital form.

FINALIST for the 2018 EPIC eBook Award

Wild Ideas was chosen as a finalist by EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Internet Coalition, whose mission is to provide a strong voice for electronic publishing.

Winner of TWO Finalist Medals from the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Next Generation Indie Book (NGIBA) Awards has awarded Wild Ideas Finalist Medals in the “Self Help Nonfiction” Category AND in the “Best Overall Design Nonfiction” category.

Finalist Medal from the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards

The National Indie Excellence Awards has honored Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out as a book that “truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate…”


North Bay Woman magazine selected Wild Ideas for their summer reading series: “Four Self Improvement Books Worth Reading.”

Rave Review from MyShelf.Com

“Wild Ideas is a unique creativity workshop in a book that should be required reading for anyone who struggles with fear, insecurity, emotional trauma, or simply unrecognized creativity. It unlocks the process to show you how to reach your deepest creativity.”

Raves from Reader Views

Reader Views—”reviews by readers for readers”—calls Wild Ideas “a [self-help] rarity—a well-written, comprehensive, stimulating and useful guide.”

STARRED Review from BlueInk Review

“Beautifully written and delivered, Wild Ideas is flawless in its presentation, lyrical style, and potentially life-changing message.… Highly recommended for fans of Anne Lamott.” Read the full review.

Review in the Pensacola News Journal

Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out is about tackling anything in life with confidence: an art project, a business, relationship or lifestyle. The book is about living more authentically and not fighting the sacrifices required to do so …a wonderful read.”

Read the review.

Kirkus Reviews Raves

“An engaging roadmap for artistic expression…” Read the full review.

Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review

“What I really loved about this book is that Cathy Wild did not limit her words and her advice to one kind of artist and art.” Read the review.

Foreward Magazine Raves

“Wild does a masterful job … unusually creative … thought-provoking … a well crafted, impassioned discussion.” Read the review

Rave Review from the Sonoma County Gazette

Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out was reviewed in the Sonoma County Gazette, a monthly publication with the second highest circulation in the county.

Article for

Read Cathy’s article “Creativity and Your Second Act” for, “the Huffington Post for Boomers.”

Excerpt Featured in UK’s Kindred Spirit Magazine

An excerpt from Wild Ideas was featured in Kindred Spirit Magazine. Kindred Spirit “has been the UK’s go-to guide to spiritual and compassionate living for over 25 years.”

Feature in Wisdom Magazine

Wild Ideas was featured in “What’s New” in Wisdom Magazine’s three east coast editions (New England, NYC/Tri-State, and PA/NJ)— one of the country’s largest holistic publications, as well as online.

Praise from New Dimensions Radio

“…Wild Ideas delves beneath the surface … You’ll be inspired to stay the course through the chaos of creation as you tap into Cathy Wild’s deep wisdom, fully expressing what has meaning and value to you.”

Praise from Dr. Eric Maisel, bestselling author & America’s foremost creativity coach

Wild Ideas is an honest, thoughtful, and exuberant examination of the many challenges that creatives face—and how those challenges can be met successfully. Highly recommended!”

Praise from Dr. Kayleen Asbo, acclaimed cultural historian, musician & faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

“Cathy Wild is a creative spirit who has written a brave exploration of her personal journey interwoven with wise, encouraging guidance and beautifully chosen quotes. If you long to be a creator, Wild Ideas will support you in discovering and following the voice of your soul.”





NEW! A Thought Provoking Interview on New Dimensions Radio

Do not miss this soulful interview with Cathy as she explores “The Creative Path As A Life Path” with Justine Toms, founder and host. For over 4 decades, New Dimensions Radio has been an innovative and inspiring forum, offering deep dialogues with some of the world’s most innovative, enlightened, and trustworthy wisdom leaders. Download an 8 minute excerpt here. Or the full interview here.

 Interview: “Healing Anxiety & Depression with the Creative Process”

Cathy makes a second appearance on Dr. Paula Joyce’s award winning radio show Uplift Your Life. She discusses the profound possibilities for healing anxiety and depression using creative expression as a way to move into the unknown, into depths of feeling — where the sources of depression and anxiety hide. Cathy shares her hard-won wisdom while providing concrete suggestions for how we can embrace the most vulnerable aspects of our being in order to feel more focused and confident. Listen here:

NEW! “Finding Your Creative Self” Podcast on Inner Truth

Listen to Cathy’s speak about the creative path on the Inner Truth Podcast. The weekly series presents leading edge thinkers and healers answering questions that explore what it means to be human and how we can become more fully alive.

Interview on Uplift Your Life: Creativity from the Inside Out

Cathy was interviewed about creativity and healing by Dr. Paula Joyce host of Uplift Your Life: Nourishment of the Spirit on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.

Interview with ARTbeat Northwest

Cathy was interviewed by Pat Pauley, host of ARTbeat NW, a radio show that features news and interviews all about art around the Northwest. ARTbeat NW is presented in cooperation with Kirkland Arts Center. Listen here:

Interview on Finding the Gifts Radio Show

Cathy was interviewed by Lee Kaplanian on Finding the Gifts, a weekly radio show that “focuses on helping people make a paradigm shift in their thinking, whether they are dealing with a physical, mental, emotional, relationship or other personal struggles.” Listen here:

Interview on the Creating Positive Solutions Radio Show

Patricia Raskin interviews Cathy on her award-winning radio show, Creating Positive Solutions, for Listen here:

Inspiring Interview on Maryanne Live!

Cathy Wild answers questions about her award-winning book—Wild Ideas—from host Maryanne Comaroto of MaryanneLive! The popular radio show reaches listeners in 130 countries and features interviews with experts in self-awareness and the human potential field. Listen here:

Interview (& Review) on New Spirit Journal

Cathy Wild shares her wisdom about creativity in a lively discussion with Krysta Gibson of New Spirit Journal (an online resource for inspiration and practical spirituality) for her TV show “Keeping It Real.” Watch the interview.

BONUS: Read Krysta Gibson’s enthusiastic review of Wild Ideas here

Interview (& Article) for

Cathy Wild shares how the creative process can help us meet the challenges of retirement with Andy Asher for, “The Huffington Post For Boomers.” Listen here:

BONUS: Read Cathy’s article “Creativity and Your Second Act”  here.

Explore Creative Spirit on Self Discovery Radio PLUS FREE excerpt

Cathy Wild taped an interview with Sara Troy for Choose Positive Living, a flagship show with a “unique format that is dedicated to bringing together some of the most creative intuitive positive thinking experts from around the globe…”
Listen here:

BONUS: Read a FREE EXCERPT from Wild Ideas on the core topic of “Risk.”

A Lively Interview on Conscious Talk Radio

Listen to Cathy’s interview with Brenda Michaels and Rob Spears for Conscious Talk Radio, “one of this country’s most informative and compelling alternative talk radio programs…. Conscious Talk has been on the air since 2001, reaching an ever-growing group of listeners searching for more by expanding their mind, body and soul.” Listen here:

Roundtable Discussion: Stepping Into Your Creative Spirit

Sara Troy hosted a Positive Vibrations Roundtable, featuring Maureen Edwardson & Cathy Wild in conversation about “Stepping Into Your Creative Spirit.” Play the interview.

Thoughtful Interview on KRCB-FM Public Radio

Cathy Wild was featured on the KRCB-FM program: A Novel Idea. Listen here:

From the Archives: Appearance on PBS-TV, In the Prime.

Cathy Wild was featured on PBS-TV’s In the Prime as a creativity expert. View a 3 minute compilation clip from the original 30 minute segment here.


Sebastopol Center for the Arts: Conversations with the Artists

Ten talented Sonoma County writers, poets, and paper artists share their process and inspirations for their creative products in a special interactive shopping experience at Sebastopol Center for the Arts featuring literary and paper arts. November 2018


Writer’s World Workshop: Hitting the Wall: Engaging Shadow & Mystery in the Creative Process

Uncover hidden anxiety in this nonjudgmental workshop while playfully exploring internal resistance that conspires to keep you from starting and completing cherished projects. Learn to engage the power of resistance rather than giving up or waging a losing battle. Writer’s World is a premiere event held at Dominican University in San Rafael CA. This annual conference features a Q&A session, workshops, a wealth of professional organizations and vendors—and numerous other resources to support writers and independent publishers. September 2018


BAIPA Panel Discussion: Pulling Together Your Author Dream Team

Manage the complex and conflicting demands of writing, editing, designing, publishing, and marketing your book. Attract what you need to build a successful team through radical self-acceptance, self-care and self-understanding. BAIPA is an educational organization dedicated to elevating the art of the independent author-publisher. Members include writers as well as creative people who are involved in various aspects of publishing, linking writers with the services they need to publish and sell their work. June 2018


Hot Summer Nights! Local Author Readings at Copperfield’s Books

An annual program presented by Redwood Writers and Copperfield’s Books. July 2017