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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept 23, 2015 1B ## reenville High School graduate Alicia Marshall, who works under her maiden name Alicia King, is a shining beacon of positive energy in what can be a gloomy world. From songs, to books, to speeches, she continues to rise to the top due to her compassion for others and her dogged determination. Marshall was inspired to write early in life, always journaling, and credits Greenville writer Jane Braxton Little as the one who got her writing career started. Little gave Marshall, then 16, a column, "The GHS Update," in the Indian Valley Record. That simple little start sharing the hard-hitting stories she covered in her beat at GHS led to Marshall touching the lives of others around the world with the words she writes. "Growing up in Greenville was a magical time. The amazing teachers there told me there were no limits, that I could do anything." So she did. As an accomplished vocalist with a tremendous voice, she has always written songs. Song writing led Marshall to pack up her husband, Portola High School graduate Dan Marshall, their daughter and son, and move to Nashville, Tenn., in 2001. Marshall became an award-winning songwriter, having hundreds of songs used in various applications. Marshall's songs have been featured in movies, both television and big screen, syndicated shows on networks and cable, soap operas, advertising campaigns, corporate use, promotional pieces and digital downloads. Marshall's most recent songwriting success came in collaboration with two acclaimed songwriters, Bill Shore and David Wills. The two men, having been part of writing for country legends like George Straight, Garth Brooks and Tammy Wynette, invited Marshall to join them for a session. That session created the song "We Got the Night," which was then picked up by the country music band Sawyer Brown. The song sat dormant while the group switched labels. This summer, to Marshall's surprise, the song was released as a single that has been a fan favorite at tour stops for the group around the country. The song is available now for online download and will be available on Sawyer Brown's new CD due out later this year. Plumas Music, Marshall's music publishing company, will be included in the credits, giving a "little shout out" to her roots. Marshall said the experience has been amazing and hearing her song on the radio made her giddy. The song release was a surprise to Marshall because she had somewhat given up on songwriting as her writing took on a new direction as the author of a non-fiction book published in 2010. Marshall's role writing books came from a need to deal with the loss of several close family members in a short period of tithe. "Writing has always been my "go to" outlet," said Marshall. She initially set out tofmd a book on how to deal with the loss of her loved ones. During her search for personal guidance, she found lots of books for the elderly dealing with loss, pet loss, divorce loss -- but there was very little for those who lost a family member or someone dealing with the loss of a friend. Additionally, she thought that there should be guidance on what was the proper thing to do and not do when supporting others .. experiencing grief. "I was amazed at the books I didn't Susan Jacobson Staff Writer sjacobson@plumasnews.com Greenville High School graduate and songwriter/author/ speaker Alicia (King) Marshall. Photo by Jodi Richfield Author Alicia Marshall on the road promoting her book, "Healing: The Essential Guide to Helping Others Overcome Grief and Loss." Photo by Antoinette Quesenberry find. It kicked in and I realized that I could do this," said Marshall. Marshall began by interviewing hundreds of people. She asked those she interviewed questions about how they felt about loss, what helped, what didn't help and how they helped others experiencing grief. Despite being told by a publisher that she had chosen a topic not marketable and that she ,had a better chance of being struck by lightning than getting a literary agent to sign her deal," she pressed on. She knew there was no way she was the only person feeling like this. "Sometimes the people that don't believe in you motivate you as much, if not more, than those that do believe in you," explained Marshall. Her determination paid off and her book was published. Turner Publishing included her book, "Sorry For Your Loss: What People Who Are Grieving Wish You Knew," in their series "Good Things To Know." The following year, Marshall edited and re-released the book under the title of "Healing: The Essential Guide to Helping Others Overcome Grief and Loss," as an independent title for Turner Publishing. Marshall's natural kindness and compassion in her sensitive approach to a difficult topic is echoed by many in the book's reviews. Both books are available in bookstores and online. In addition to appearances for book signings, she has become a sought after speaker on the topic of grief. The addition of public speaking to her resume has brought Marshall full circle. As the FHA-Hero State Speech Champion when she was a high school freshman, she has always enjoyed speaking. She often shares her knowledge on dealing with grief with church groups, grief organizations and others that Alicia Marshall with Tanya Tucker backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Photo submitted Alicia Marshall sings on stage in Nashville. Photo submitted serve different areas of the grief community like Lilydale and Soaring Spirits. That love of speaking and the desire to further expand her uplifting perspective on day to day life led Marshall to the idea of a talk show based on the stories of inspiration and positive experiences of others. Marshall felt that there is an awful lot of time covering the negative news, but the positive stories never get much time. "I thought there was an opportunity to share positive news and stories," she shared. Remembering being taught that there are no timits in her Greenville days, Marshall put together presentations for a local radio station in Franklin, Tenn. They liked the idea and added her show to their lineup. "Good Stuff," as the show is called, has been on radio station WAKM 950-AM for a little over a year now." I never have to look for stories. There is more happy stuff than will fit in my haft hour a week," said Marshall. Plumas County residents who want to tune into Marshall's haft-hour show that airs Mondays at 7 a.m., can visit, wakmworldwide.com. Marshall's children have begun college and careers leaving her the opportunity to search for additional ways to spread the seeds of creativity and limitless possibility that were planted at home in Greenville as a teenager. Which presents the question of what she will do next, but she wouldn't elaborate on what she has up her sleeve for the future. Marshall simply responded by saying, "I think it's a human condition to have a story to tell. When you stop having a story to tell it is over." Drain into a clean container, free of other fluids such as water, gasoline, antifreeze or solvents. The Plumas County Department of Public Works has containers & funnels available for free. Drain oil filter 12 to 24 hours before recycling the filter. * Take to a used oil collection center. All transfer stations in Plumas County accept used oil and filters free of charge, I " Advertising funded by a grant from CalRecycle I managed by Plumas County Department of Public Works