About Me
Andrea Cagan Writer

I’ve been editing, collaborating, writing and ghost writing for decades. As a best selling author, I have worked with royalty, news anchors, rock and rollers, wounded warriors, motivational speakers, gold medal winners, and award winning musicians.

Whether I’m coaching a client, teaching a writing seminar, editing a manuscript, or dreaming up a novel, I search for the humor and pathos in everything, do my best to spin it into gold, and place it on the printed page. My work brings me satisfaction, challenges, and a lot of laughs. I've  finished my book, Memoirs of a Ghost. Check out my great review on Kirkus.

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Memoirs of a Ghost

One Sheet Away

To be a ghostwriter means to work unseen—to hide in the shadows while others claim your words as their own. When a book is finished, you are a phantasm—a waft of literary smoke that dissolves into the ethers. I've lent my ghostwriting services to celebrities in every walk of life, including rock stars and movie stars, news anchors and divas, award-winning athletes and motivational speakers. Now, I'm telling my own story. Learn More

  • "A poignant illumination of our shared humanity. Bravo."
    – Grace Slick, lead singer Jefferson Airplane

  • "Her story both enriches and inspires."
    – Marianne Williamson, Spiritual Teacher, Lecturer, #1 Best Selling Author

  • "Above all I am deeply moved by Andrea's honesty."
    – Oscar winner, Olympia Dukakis

  • "It's all here: touching, enraged, lonely, courageous, and loving."
    – John Densmore, Drummer, The Doors

  • "Memoirs of a Ghost reveals Andrea Cagan as a writer of gift and style, of revelation and insight."
    – Lynda Obst, award winning producer, & best selling author 

  • "An honest, balanced reflection. Cagan wonders if she's 'done enough' to pen an interesting memoir. She has."
    – Kirkus

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My Latest Blog Post

Right to Die

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, October 07, 2015

In the late ‘80s, into the ‘90s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, I volunteered at Chris Brownlie AIDS hospice. AZT was just emerging and there were no cocktails available to keep the Beast at bay. Back then, AIDS and HIV diagnoses were tantamount to a death sentence. I watched so many people leave their bodies in a painful, agonizing way at a time when assisted suicide wasn’t legal even in Oregon. That happened in 1997, and while I witnessed courageous people dying hard, I understood why they called it the Death with Dignity Act.

I spoke with with many men (few women as yet had contracted the illness) in the hospice that held 27 dying people at a time. They talked about wanting to take their lives but there was no legal way to do it, unless they illegally stockpiled drugs and hoped that in the end, it would work. I met with a pioneer named Derek Humphry, founder of the Hemlock Society in California and past president of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies. He wrote a controversial book called Final Exit, that covered planning and carrying out suicide, and it was reviled, celebrated and discussed at length globally as it was translated into twelve languages. Everyone was talking about it.

The topic is right up there with abortion and capital punishment, but so far, very few people I know have mentioned it since its passage. Only opposers are vocal about it, and I have to say, I find it hypocritical that opposers of assisted suicide and abortion are proponents of capital punishment. What's up with that? As a left winger, I support the right to choose abortion and suicide, but I don't support capital punishment because too many mistakes are made. When Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City Bomber, wanted to die, by all means, I was for that. It was his choice, but so is someone’s desire to stop the suffering and indignity that death can carry with it. This an important debate and discussion, so please weigh on this provocative topic.

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