Tell us about yourself and how we can connect with you.
My name is Shannon Sullivan. I am a storyteller, meditation teacher, spiritual director, and artist. I am known to my friends by the title Faerie Queene because of my love of nature and animals. As a spiritual director and artist, I write guided meditations, poetry, songs, and story pieces that are inspired by nature and what she has to teach us. I connect with the faerie world that they might have a voice to help re-connect people back to nature and our home, Mother Earth.
There are several ways readers can connect with me:
My website: www.theblueheroncreates.com
On Twitter: @BlueHeronCre8ts
On IG: www.instagram.com/blueheroncreates
What would you like to promote?
The Faerie & The Fox
My current #wip is my first novel. Traditionally, it will be categorized as a Young Adult fantasy fiction novel. I would also argue that it can also be read by adults as well and seen as a fun exploration of the inner child. The story is set in the Forest of Ornash where the animals who live there have made a new discovery. They are not sure what to do. You see, they have discovered a new fairy in their midst. She is not from their forest, atleast not that any of them are aware. The strange thing is that she walks instead of flying, and she also, according to the animals, is quite rude. She doesn’t talk to them when they ask her questions. To get help for this awkward situation, the animals ask Owlfred to step in and help. Owlfred, upon connecting with the new fairy, discovers two things. First, that this visitor to Ornash is indeed a fairy, and second, she does not know that she is a fairy! Here begins the adventure of our heroine of the story. We get to follow her and the animals in the Forest of Ornash as they try to help her discover the truth of her identity.
What inspires your writing?
Nature. Mother Nature. The animals, plants, trees of Gaia and all of her rhythms and stories that run through her, these are my inspirations. Most of my writing, whether fiction, non-fiction, poetry or meditative is inspired by my connection with the life living on our home, Mother Earth.
What was your favorite childhood book?
I have several favorite books from my childhood that I still carry in my heart and imagination even now. First is E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. I imagined I was Fern, the main character, helping Wilbur the pig. Next is Roald Dahl’s book James and the Giant Peach. I loved the adventure James explored as he left the house of his mean aunties. Of course the insect characters all talked in this book, too. Then I connected deeply with the book, Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George. Following Julie in her quest to survive by connecting with wolves sparked a light inside of me as a child. And once again the running connection between all the stories is the main characters connecting and communicating with animals.
Do you connect with any of the characters in your book?
I connect with the heroine of my current #wip. We follow her on her journey to uncover the truth of who she is and where she comes from. The other characters in the story can see who she is and her gifts. It is hard for them to watch her stumble through the forest making mistakes, and they aren’t allowed to just tell her what her gifts are that would make her life easier. They can, however, be friends to her, walking next to her, helping her discover who she is.
How do you come up with plots or characters for your book?
For this current #wip I would say that the characters came to me and showed me who they were and the story they wanted to tell. It is like watching a story unfold in my imagination and getting to try to write it down and capture it on paper.
What do you like to do for fun?
For fun I love to spend time in nature hiking and taking photographs that I later create fun jewelry from. I love spending time reading new stories to gather ideas. I am also a singer and love writing new songs that are uplifting. My album “Mantras for the Heart & Mind” can be found on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/4I0l8GxlFZ0dD5acKgsabs?si=xHPtMP6NQsuc1DdFzzE4zQ
Thank you Shannon for a lovely interview!
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