The Book

What are we to do with the existential weight of our human condition? I am an elder now as I put these memories and reflections together. But there is a certain thread through my life that keeps me on some soul path and some soul mission despite whatever fates seem to have interfered. No, alas perhaps fate is more like destiny’s fuel… and urges us to be ourselves first and foremost.
Here is a story of initiations, awakenings and transformation in the face of the most challenging moments in time.



Praise for Chasing Radiance

 “A compelling work brimming over with spiritual insight and creative vision.
Erica Sarzin-Borrillo’s new book, “Chasing Radiance: Memoirs and Musings,” is a beautifully written work that’s as poignant as it is intimate in illuminating the artist’s life. More than that, it’s an invitation to step inside the author’s heart and mind as she describes her mythic journey.
The artist’s ancestral history unfolds through letters and an interview that provide a portal into the artist’s remembrances of past experiences from the exhilarating to the traumatic.
Weaving the spiritual and the creative into a wondrous tapestry of memories and visions, Borrillo paints a picture of the author’s mystic awareness of the convergence of the creative life and the spiritual path.
Concluding with journal entries from the time of the pandemic as well as personal musings on the socio-political turmoil surrounding it, this is an insightful book that will endear itself to anyone seeking shamanic guidance in finding her/his way in the realms of creativity and spirituality.”
-David Marlowe-
Marlowe’s Musings


 “A MUST READ for every artist and every person wanting to live their lives as art!
The author has put together such a stirring, passionate, and uplifting memoir that also serves as Call To Action to embrace The Holy Creative, the Sacred Spiritual and the great possibilities that exists for each of us every day. A well-written book from a true artist. A Gift!!”


 “Erica takes us on a very unique journey,

often defying the gravity of our limited beliefs and experiences. Her artistry is radiantly reflected in her touching memories, her soulful art and her mystical musings. Clearly, diversity can be transmuted into mulch. I walk away inspired to paint my own life.”

– J. Tamar Stone, M.A., C.H.T .  


 “Recounting her rich and multifaceted life,

Mystic, artist, and raconteur Erica Borrillo takes the reader on quite an adventure. In retelling her colorful and well-lived life, she shares her inner as well as outer journey; through childhood challenges, her career as an actress, her marriage and family life, as well as her struggle with severe illness.

Throughout, Erica offers inspiring spiritual insights and metaphysical reflections drawn from her dreams, her study of the Tarot, C. G. Jung, Jean Houston, and many others.”

 – Gary Toub, Ph.D.


“A page-turner

I am on my third reading of this fantastic new book, “Chasing Radiance, Memoirs & Musings” As I read it, I felt a visceral, powerful presence in my chest… a bit as if I was electrically connected to the author. The author’s writing is elegant and juicy… deep and wide with the pulse of a powerful, passionate journey… and one that awakened so much Life in me. It’s rich, deep, colorful, intense… and compelling…

I have known Erica Sarzin-Borrillo for 50 of our almost 70 years, and have never ceased to be amazed by her creative gifts and endless generous offerings to the world in song, dance, drama, writing, teaching, art and artistry of all sorts….She has always represented – for me – the ultimate creative life. The divine muse is her essence, her lover, and her way-shower. For all who aspire to creativity or are fascinated by it, this narrative – with its passionate highs and lows – will give you the inside experience of deep creativity: its sources and its manifestations…

I have found this book entertaining, inspiring, and impossible to put down! Erica’s writing style is vivid and the stories in her journey – some dark and fearful and some wildly exhilarating – are rich and fascinating.

All who seek to know the heart and soul of the artist will find sweet nourishment in these pages.

Savor and Enjoy!”

                     – Jane Smith Bernhardt, author of “We Are Here: love never dies”
                           and “The Sweet Conversation: a guide to spiritual listening”


 “A beautiful, inspiring book!
Chasing Radiance is an in-depth, detailed look into the fascinating and inspiring life of its author, Erica Sarzin-Borrillo. She is so expressive and so passionate! A true artist in every sense of the word. Her journey through this lifetime has had many ups and downs; yet her courage and her art always shine through. A must read!!
-Paul Page-


 “A life fully lived….by a beautiful soul
In her writing & journaling Erica laid her life unapologetically open & her soul bared. I stepped into the not so distant past & journeyed with her to the present, learning so much along the way. I enjoyed each page!”



 “Artist Erica Sarzin-Borrillo has written a memoir that informs as much as it inspires. 

Her shared early memories from her childhood- filled with, as she describes- love and craziness, up to her most recent reflections on the challenges of our pandemic fueled days, are all wrapped in the wisdom that in the midst of difficulty we can still find joy and inspiration!Chasing Radiance may be one person’s recounting of a life inspired, and directed by spiritual oversight, yet while the details may differ, it is truly the story of us all.

Erica encourages us to open our eyes to the higher octave that is ever present in our lives.”

 – Selina Maitreya-
 Transformational Agent/Author


“Inspirational writings for the soul. The hope of a million new ideas…
Our emotional wellbeing too often becomes the lowest of priorities. The depth of the author’s writings will give you a source of tools for coping and taking better care of yourself. In the long run life is hard for all of us and this book is simply good medicine for the soul.”
-Stevie Crecelius-


 “ Chasing Radiance is a poignant memoir that reads like a novel.

It is certain to touch the hearts of those searching for beauty, connectedness, artistry and realism.  The author’s complex life is intriguing and touching. Her journey with illness is heart-rending, and her honest take on our times, our failings and our frightening place in history grabs the reader. As a performing artist myself, I am amazed by the breadth of Erica’s creative talents. Her acting, singing and mime combined with her gifts in the visual arts of painting, jewelry, sculpting and more, along with her gift as a writer show that her talent is truly limitless. All are beautifully expressed in this memoir with an overarching message of love for life, her family and humanity itself. Please pick this book up. It is a quick, fascinating and beautiful read.”
-Lori Hansen-


 “A look at the life of an extraordinary woman.
This was the kind of memoir that teaches while it informs. It is the chance to look inside the life of an extraordinary woman. Highly recommended!”
-Billie McBride-


“Erica has written a brilliant, poignant memoir.

I loved every minute of it. She is a great story teller and reminds us all that bringing our authentic selves to the world is essential.”

 – Cynthia James – International Speaker and Best-Selling Author