See What Flowers Wins IPPY 2018 Medal

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My cousin, Laura Keohane, me (Shannon Mullen), and Jim Barnes, Managing Editor & Awards Director, Independent Publisher/Jenkins Group

This past week, I traveled to New York City to receive a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award for my début novel, See What Flowers.

As I have written before, simply writing the book was enough of a success for me. I am proud of myself for taking the risk to pursue my dreams, even if I never “make it” as a writer. The process of writing makes me happy and that is reason itself to make it a priority in my life.

BUT….how awesome to have my work recognized and celebrated at the 2018 IPPY Awards at the legendary Copacabana night club in Times Square–the same venue where the Supremes recorded their Live at Copa album in 1965.

See What Flowers, a contemporary fiction about love & mental illness, won a bronze medal in the Canada-West Regional Awards Category.

The “IPPY” Awards were launched in 1996 to honour the year’s best independently published books. This year’s contest drew 4,500 entries, and medals were awarded to authors and publishers from 43 U.S. states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 12 countries overseas. I am truly honoured that See What Flowers was among one of the medallists!

In addition to attending the ceremony, I was lucky to have been able to play tourist/local with my cousin Laura Keohane who lives and works in New York. So, I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to experience the IPPY’s and NYC with an awesome cousin & friend!

Click here for the full press release about the 2018 IPPY Awards.

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Follow me on Goodreads to join the discussion about See What Flowers and to get sneak peaks of my next writing projects!

 

See What Flowers Awarded 2018 IPPY Medal

signing“There’s a real-life, contemporary feel to the story that I truly appreciate. This is so rare… A really well done story.”

-Judge, 5th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards

I am humbled and honoured that my début novel, See What Flowers, is a medallist in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

While making the decision to self-publish and put my work into the universe was enough of a success for me, I’m absolutely thrilled that See What Flowers has received recognition from the 2018 IPPY’s.

How exciting that the 22nd Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards Ceremony is in New York City!

Conducted annually, the Independent Publisher Book Awards honour the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year.

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See What Flowers, a contemporary fiction about love and mental illness, has won the bronze medal in the “Canada West, Best Regional Fiction” category.

It is available as both a paperback and as an ebook through Amazon.

 

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Reading from See What Flowers at The Steady Café & Bar

Check out my author page on Goodreads for more information about my book and to join the discussion about See What Flowers.

Goodreads eBook Giveaway for US Residents

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“There’s a real-life, contemporary feel to the story that I truly appreciate. This is so rare… A really well done story.”

-Judge, 5th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards

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Ottawa Book Launch at Terrace on the Canal

Attention US Residents! Through Goodreads’ Giveaway program, I’m offering 100 FREE ebook copies of my début novel, See What Flowers, a contemporary fiction about love and mental illness.

While I have offered signed copies to readers all over the world, Goodreads’ new ebook giveaway program is exclusive to US residents at this time.

The offer ends April 1, 2018. To enter the contest, click here.

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Book Signing at Chapters Indigo!

Have you read See What Flowers?

You can help me connect with a larger audience by writing a review & giving it a star-rating on Goodreads.

 

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Reading from See What Flowers at the Toronto Book Launch

Living Through Fear Versus Fearless Living

I recently published my first novel, See What Flowers. But it took me almost 30 years to find the courage to start writing.

“What was stopping me was my assumption that people who pursue their dreams were a different class of human: the fearless.”

For more info about how I learned to accept my fears and pursue my dreams in spite of them, check out my article published on Rebelle Society.

To access the article, click here.

Rebelle Society is a unique, revolutionary online magazine publishing daily acts of Creative Rebellion and celebrating the Art of Being Alive through words and mixed media.

Am I a Bad Mom if I let my Child Fall & get Hurt?

“In our happiness-obsessed culture, we often feel like bad parents, bad teachers, bad friends—bad people—when we allow others or ourselves to fall.”

Shannon Mullen, Elephant Journal

This isn’t an article about parenting.

Not really.

I’m not a mom.

But I know that my amazing mom friends seem to be asking themselves this question a lot.

To access my article in Elephant Journal, an online magazine about mindful living, click here.

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books About See What Flowers

All that remains is a note: “Gone to get pancakes.”

Her 30th birthday party’s over, yet it’s the happiest Emma Watters has ever been. Life couldn’t be more perfect. She’s an emergency room doctor and shares a home in Toronto with the love of her life, Adam Davison. The next morning, Adam is gone.

Emma’s shocked. At first, she decides that Adam’s having an affair and scavenges through photos on Facebook, trying to identify “the other woman.” But as the days pass, Emma seeks out help from the Toronto Police and floods social media with pleas for assistance. Where’s Adam? Has her life become an episode of Breaking Bad? Has she been dating Walter White all along?

Wild, beautiful, and terrifying, See What Flowers is a thrilling depiction of love’s attempts to survive in the face of undiagnosed mental illness. Set in the hectic, cosmopolitan cities of Toronto and Vancouver, as well as against the harsh, rugged landscape of the Canadian Arctic, it’s a raw and compelling journey towards understanding, forgiveness, and, ultimately, escape.

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Writing Process & Inspiration

For more information about my writing process and inspiration behind See What Flowers, check out my interview on She Does the City or my IndieView.

While it was scary to share my story, it was most definitely worth it.

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How to Purchase See What Flowers:

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Amazon: http://amzn.to/2u0yYQZ

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Chapters/Indigo: http://bit.ly/2vjY1Ok

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Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2yJ9QMT

Author Profile on Goodreads

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You can join the discussion and read customer reviews about See What Flowers on Goodreads. Click hereto access my author profile.

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See What Flowers Book Launch

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The Toronto Book Launch for See What Flowers was Thursday, June 16, 2017 at The Steady Café & Bar. It featured musical performance by Keira Loukes, author Q & A with Louise Johnson, book reading and signing. Click here for more info about the event or check out Louise’s Johnson’s article on the Toronto Book Launch.

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On Thursday, August 24th, 2017, I launched See What Flowers in Ottawa, the city where I grew up at Terrace on the Canal. The event was magical and beautifully situated in the heart of the nation’s capital. It featured a musical performance by the Bristol Hum, author Q & A with Megan Valois, and author reading.

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On the Shelves

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I can’t explain the feeling of seeing a book that I wrote on the shelves at Chapters Indigo, Canada’s largest bookstore. It is magical. Amazing. A dream. I feel so proud that I did that thing that I always wanted to do.

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See What Flowers Book Signing at Indigo

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This past Sunday, I was thrilled and honoured to have had the opportunity to sign copies of my début novel, See What Flowers, at the Yonge and Eglinton Indigo location in Toronto, Canada.

Set in Toronto, Vancouver, and the Canadian Arctic, See What Flowers is a contemporary fiction about love and mental illness.

While this is not the first event I’ve done to promote my book–I launched it in both Toronto and Ottawa, and did a book signing in Shawville, Québec–I was most nervous to talk about my book in front of Indigo customers, most of whom I had never met before.

Chapters/IndigoChapters/Indigo is Canada’s biggest bookstore, so it felt like I had entered the “big league” with this event.

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During the event, there were most definitely awkward moments. I felt shy about encouraging readers to purchase copies of my book when copies of Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance and Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings were prominently displayed on the shelf in front of me.

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But I kept reminding myself that my last name is “Mullen”…which gives me the alphabetical order advantage to be shelved beside “Munro” (as in Alice).

This little self-pep talk gave me the boost of confidence I needed to chat about the plot, setting, and characters of See What Flowers, my writing process, and about book publishing in general.

In the end, many customers took a chance on my book, choosing to place See What Flowers alongside the many books that fill their own personal libraries.

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I am very fortunate and grateful that Chapters/Indigo has such an active “Local Authors” program to support emerging authors like me promote their work.

The best part of the day was when one of the staff members placed the remaining copies in Indigo’s CanLit section, complete with “Signed By Author” stickers.

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Book Signing at Yonge & Eglinton Indigo, Toronto


On Sunday, October 1 from 1-4pm, I will be signing copies of my début novel, See What Flowers at the Yonge & Eglinton Indigo location in Toronto.


For more info about the event click here

See What Flowers is on the shelves at select Indigo locations and in the online store

For more information about See What Flowers you can follow me on Goodreads or check out the Amazon listing. 

Thank you to all of my friends & family for your ongoing support!

Ottawa Book Launch for See What Flowers

The Scariest Thing About Sharing Our Story

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“I guess I’d been experiencing it for the 30 years before I actually started writing the book,” I admitted. “I knew that I wanted to write a book ever since I was a kid, but I was too afraid to try.”

It’s true. My fears—of failure, of not being good enough, of what people would think, of not getting published—had held me back from starting at all. So I made a lot of excuses and told myself a narrative of “shoulds.”

I should work toward a more stable career.

I should accept that it’s too hard to “make it” as a writer.

I should appreciate my life as it is.

I should be more realistic.

In my latest piece for Elephant Journal, an online magazine dedicated to mindful living, I write about fear, self-doubt, success, and why it’s not selfish to pursue our dreams.

You can access the entire article here.

My novel, See What Flowers, is available through Barnes & Noble

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See What Flowers, my début novel about love and mental illness, is now available to purchase in the United States through Barnes & Noble. Click here to access the listing.

See What Flowers is also available in Canada as both a paperback and e-book through Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.

For more information about the book, you can join the conversation on Goodreads.

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About See What Flowers

All that remains is a note: “Gone to get pancakes.”

Her 30th birthday party’s over, yet it’s the happiest Emma Watters has ever been. Life couldn’t be more perfect. She’s an emergency room doctor and shares a home in Toronto with the love of her life, Adam Davison.

The next morning, Adam is gone. Emma’s shocked. At first, she decides that Adam’s having an affair and scavenges through photos on Facebook, trying to identify “the other woman.” But as the days pass, Emma seeks out help from the Toronto Police and floods social media with pleas for assistance. Where’s Adam? Has her life become an episode of Breaking Bad? Has she been dating Walter White all along?

Wild, beautiful, and terrifying, See What Flowers is a thrilling depiction of love’s attempts to survive in the face of undiagnosed mental illness. Set in the hectic, cosmopolitan cities of Toronto and Vancouver, as well as against the harsh, rugged landscape of the Canadian Arctic, it’s a raw and compelling journey towards understanding, forgiveness, and, ultimately, escape.