Cover Illustration by Amelia Caruso
Cover Design by Launie Parry
Published by Victory House Press
ISBN: 978-1-935571-43-8
Print Price: $19.99
Also available in e-book or print on Amazon – – Barnes & Noble

Is your inner artist awake and inspired, bursting with brilliant ideas? Or, has it been slumbering so long you almost forgot you had one?

In this heartfelt and uplifting book, award-winning author and creative entrepreneur Teresa R. Funke draws on nearly three decades of experience to show you in quick, readable bursts:

  • What makes you uniquely creative
  • Why your art or ideas matter
  • How to silence your inner critic and access the courage to create
  • How to carve out time to follow your passion
  • How to trust your intuition and tap into your Higher Self

Today’s chaotic world requires an army of creative thinkers - and you are one of them. This transformative book will help you ignite your creative spirit and rediscover your passion, your purpose, and your power.

“A compassionate and encouraging look at the costs and deep rewards of the artistic way of life. Funke’s prose throughout this volume is brightly engaging and strengthened by her rapid-fire insights into the creative process, as well as by her recollections from her own life. There’s no shortage of empowering manuals about creativity, but readers will likely find Funke’s to be a memorable one.”

Kirkus Reviews

“BURSTS OF BRILLIANCE FOR A CREATIVE LIFE by Teresa R. Funke lives up to its promising title. Through a series of vibrant and intriguing essays, the author offers tips without insisting her way is the only correct way. She offers thoughts and opinions on living life as a creative, and touches upon a variety of helpful topics. All types of artists will appreciate this book . . . The reader appreciates that Funke isn't afraid to tackle tough topics . . . A book club could have a lively discussion here!”

Judge 28th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

"As an expert on overcoming perfectionism and creative blocks, I know that shame is one of the main causes of both. Teresa’s book, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life, offers many solutions for neutralizing that shame, so you can go on to live the joyfully creative life you’ve always dreamed of."

Hillary Rettig Author of "The 7 Secrets of the Prolific" and "The Lifelong Activist"

"Eloquently written and with great insight, Teresa Funke’s writings will resonate with anyone who has wrestled with finding a greater sense of mindfulness and peace while struggling with the solitary life of the creative process. Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life is a wonderful resource, no matter what your age or level of experience."

Jephta Bernstein Founder and executive director, Off the Hook Arts

"Teresa Funke’s insights on the creative journey are thoughtful and inspiring. Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life is liking having your own personal coach providing support and cheering you on. Highly recommended!"

Stephanie Chandler Author and CEO, Nonfiction Authors Association

"Teresa is a beautiful writer who takes you into her world like an old friend. She inspires you to live the life you were meant to live and to recognize how talented, unique, and impactful you are. Her nuggets of wisdom in Bursts of Brilliance give you hope for who you are and what you want to create now and in the future."

Jean Marie DiGiovanna Speaker, executive coach, author/artist

"In this wise and compassionate book, Teresa Funke provides artists of all stripes with a road map to developing an inexhaustible supply of bravery. Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life is a work to revisit again and again."

Jon Bard & Laura Backes Founders of WritingBlueprints.Com

"Whether working with writers in classrooms or in film production meetings, I’ve learned that creative people need to nurture their spirits as much as their craft. Bursts of Brilliance connects creatives to the inspiration so essential to their process and success. We need this book."

Trai Cartwright Story development professional, Craftwrite

"A random Twitter search for authors led to the pleasant surprise of finding Teresa Funke’s blog, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life. After I read my first post, I added the blog to the top of my Feedly list so I’d be sure to see new articles as soon as they were released. I believe creativity is the birthright of every human being, not just the artistic ones. This book will be an ongoing source of inspiration and encouragement for all of us who want to stoke our creative fires. Share it with everyone who is ready to give their imagination a boost!"

Franklin Taggart Business coach for creative professionals

"With the heart and analysis of a historian and an artist’s vision and soul, Teresa Funke’s Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life takes us to a place of encouraging real-life guidance. As a business owner and executive coach, I often find myself referring to her blogs and book to help my clients and myself feel more artistically inspired. To follow the writings of Teresa Funke is the most Brilliant choice ever."

Hilary Blair CEO and speaker, Articulate Real and Clear

"Whether you need a boost in energy, morale, or an increase in your happiness-factor, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life is a must-read."

Kathryn Kemp Guylay Bestselling author and founder of

"The insights we can gain by embracing Teresa Funke’s wisdom in Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life will help us each live a happier life that is more congruent with our life mission. Her accessible style and commonsense approach make reading the book a delight!"

Jill S. Tietjen P.E. Co-author of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America

"In my 25 years of coaching leaders and physicians, I have noticed that many of my clients struggle with the imposter syndrome, emotional exhaustion, and disconnection from meaningful work. Teresa Funke provides real stories that generate higher awareness for readers, which leads to new actions to connect them to their best self. Her book Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life provides support and practical tools for all of us to live a more authentic life."

Sandy Scott President/CEO of Sandy Scott Consulting Group