Cawood is also a regular “Community Voices” columnist for the Press.
Dog or cat: Dog
Favorite food: Vietnamese Pho
Ideal getaway: “Hiking in the woods. Also, I’ll never turn down a lake.”
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOB TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS?
I describe my two jobs as 1) I write stories, poems and books and try to connect readers with something meaningful and uplifting and 2) I connect the community to free grief resources offered at our family's funeral home.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
Writing when it flows, and helping people.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE CONSIDERING A SIMILAR PROFESSION?
Don’t give up. It might seem like you’re treading water but eventually you realize you’ve done more than that. You can make a difference.
HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
I take a walk or run and make my dog come with me.
WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE?
My kind, loving and affirming parents.