It’s my love of books and their transformative power that pushes me to write stories about our journeys to the truth: We already are more than good enough. We matter. We make a difference because we exist, because we love, because we allow ourselves to be loved. And that it is when we love ourselves holy, we will be free.
I can remember being in the fifth grade and sitting on the table, legs swinging, before my classmates as my girlfriend and I read our story aloud. I haven’t stopped writing stories since.
I was a slow reader. I took my time with Nancy Drew, and The Hardy Boys. It wasn’t until my aunt gave me Patricia A. McKillip’s, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, when I was in sixth grade that I learned what devouring a book meant, felt like… the joy, the new insights and possibilities that strengthened my imagination muscles. Andre Norton and her Witch World series, Marian Zimmer Bradley’s, Lady Hawk, (well, every Marion Zimmer Bradley book,) Tamora Pierce’s Song of The Lioness series… everything and anything Sara J Mass writes, and Margaret Rogerson, and Naomi Novik are new favorites. My voracity for reading equals my passion for storytelling. Journaling is a way for me to set down my story, my love and heartaches, my aha’s and wow’s, my grief, my growing pains and celebrations, my becoming more me.
At my core, I have always been a storyteller. I get people. I can feel their heart’s desires. I see their longing to matter, to make a difference, to be heard. My characters and their journeys to SELF reflect this compassion and empathy. Stories saved my life, opened up whole new worlds and ways of thinking and believing and doing and loving. Magic. That’s what stories, what books, are to me. So it’s no wonder story telling has become my life’s work, my legacy, along with the joy and gratitude I feel every day I’m alive.
I am the author/creator of my Big Dreams, Messy Manuscripts, and an Author’s-Artist’s Creative Life blog and Dream a Bigger Dream workshops and online community. I’ve created and self published a coloring book, Bright Joy ~ A Coloring Meditation.
My son is 27 years old. I live with my guy in the Santa Ynez Valley of Central California. I have my Masters in Education, and teach 6th – 12th grade Language Arts/English, Creative Writing, and Art. I am a long standing member of RWA, the Beautiful Writer’s Group, and Hay House’s, Writer’s Community.
You can find me at shannonhorn.com and join my email list. I’m also on Instagram @shannonleehorn, and on Facebook @shannonhornwriter.
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