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Emily Lynn Paulson is an author, network marketing leader, certified professional recovery coach, and a member of the long-term recovery community. Formally trained as a chemist and a teacher, she rose to success in the top tiers of a direct marketing skincare company, where she gained her voice and a platform for sobriety and healing.

Sober since January 2, 2017, her recovery path is focused on ruthless honesty, grace, and self-love. She is passionate about connecting women with resources for recovery from trauma, eating disorders, and substance abuse, and believes that sharing our truth with each other is the best resource of all.

You can find her on Instagram at @highlightrealrecovery and on the web at Emily lives in Seattle with her husband and their five children.


Praise for "Highlight Real"

– Lisa Smith, recovery advocate, lawyer and award-winning, bestselling author of "Girl Walks Out of a Bar"


“In Highlight Real, Emily Paulson has given women—not just those who struggle with alcohol but all women—a true gift. It is a page-turning, starkly honest account of a beautiful-on-the-outside life that was in truth a collision course of self-destruction. Highlight Real is the rare memoir that should be considered an instant classic in the addiction recovery genre.” 

Erica Spiegelman, bestselling author of "Rewired" and "The Rewired Life"


 “Highlight Real is honest, authentic and captivating. Emily Paulson’s beautifully written memoir touches on how to recover from many of life’s trials and tribulations. It’s a book about resiliency, transparency and grace. A must read!”