Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy (born 1954), known by her pen name SARK, is an American author and illustrator of self-help books. Five of her sixteen books have been national bestsellers, and she has sold more than two million copies of her books.
She was born Susan Kennedy. At age ten, she became friends with an 80-year-old neighbor, Mr. Boggs. When Mr. Boggs went to the hospital with a serious illness, he credited young Susan for helping him recover with the homemade cards and letters she sent every day for a month. No one else, he said, had visited or called during his illness. The experience inspired Kennedy to spend her life in some similar work.
In 1982, at age 28, Kennedy moved to San Francisco with $30. She had "opted out of the money system" two years earlier. She earned enough money from her artwork to buy a 180-square-foot (17 m2) building, the home and work space which she called her "magic cottage.' In 1989 she created a poster, How to be an Artist, which she offered for sale in the catalog of a local metaphysical store. The poster quickly became popular, selling more than 1000 copies within a week. The sudden popularity created a difficulty for Kennedy, because the posters were produced by hand and she lacked facilities for mass production. She completed the posters by devising a system for producing them, and using space in a garage without permission, hiding the posters under a tarp when she heard the owners approaching. The poster's success led a publishing company to contact Kennedy, who soon published her first book, A Creative Companion, which she wrote in two weeks...
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