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.

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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

Toronto

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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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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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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.

See What Flowers: Ottawa Book Launch at Terrace on the Canal

 

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It was a beautiful evening, at a beautiful venue, with a beautiful audience.

Last night, See What Flowers launched in Ottawa at Terrace on the Canal, a cozy outdoor patio/bar and event space nestled next to the Rideau Canal with picturesque views of the Parliament buildings and downtown Ottawa. A host to weddings, weekend yoga classes, and a pit stop for cyclists or tourists out for an evening stroll, it’s no surprise that Narcity recently described Terrace on the Canal as “the most amazing spot for literally any reason.”

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Terrace on the Canal was an absolutely stunning venue for my book launch.

It provided a relaxed café feel where people could lounge on couches and catch up with old friends, combined with the magic of being at the heart of the nation’s capital, the fairytale charm of waving to a group of tourists as their boat drifted down the historic waterway and into the sunset.

 

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The evening opened with a musical performance by Ottawa-based band, The Bristol Hum.

Featuring  Shawn Baldwin, Scotty Lean, Tex McManus, and my super talented cousin, Sean Keohane, The Bristol Hum plays “straight-up rock n roll with a little funk and folk thrown in for good measure.”

To capture a more folky, emotional and bookish feel, they played their first ever acoustic performance, which seemed to draw out the magic of surrounding landscape. Their mesmerizing and melodic harmony warmed my heart underneath the twinkle of patio lights.

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The Bristol Hum is playing at Baconpalooza on Saturday, August 26 at 1:45pm at the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum. Their is music is also available on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify

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The second half of the evening involved a book reading of select passages from my novel. The book is written in he said/she said first-person narratives in the style of Gone Girl, alternating between the main characters Adam Davison and his girlfriend, Emma Watters and is set in Toronto, Vancouver and the Canadian Arctic.

I read two passages from Emma’s point of view and one from Adam’s, attempting to capture the various plot, characters, and setting without revealing too many spoilers.

 

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“Is there such a thing as being too happy?” 

“We’re lost in each other, in the heart of Toronto, slow dancing to nothing but the beat of my heart and the sound of her breath on my neck. I know the subway trains are trembling beneath my feet and that we’re amidst the constant buzz of city life, yet I hear nothing but my heart beating and feel nothing but her breath on my neck.”

“When we begin to search a little deeper into the heart of the glacier, into the wisdom preserved into the remains of the last Ice Age, we can see that all life contains elements of light and darkness, and that to live truthfully, we need to be able to accept the joy as well as the pain.”Meg and Shan

 

Following my book reading, I participated in a Q & A led by my longtime friend, Megan Valois. Megan read early drafts of See What Flowers and provided some important feedback and criticism, ultimately motivating me to persist with writing and publishing, so it was very important to me that she was involved in this event.

During the Q& A, we chatted about my writing process, inspiration for See What Flowers, and future writing endeavours. Megan asked some thought-provoking questions that I am still reflecting on. Thank you, Megan, for your involvement and for being such a fantastic interviewer!

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I was absolutely touched and honoured that so many friends and family members took the time to come to this event.  Self-publishing is a difficult and extremely vulnerable process and I really wouldn’t have had the courage to do it without your continued support and encouragement.

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See What Flowers, a contemporary fiction about love and mental illnessis available on Amazon.

My next book event is a book signing on Sunday, October 1 from 1-4pm at the Yonge and Eglinton Indigo location in Toronto.

 

 

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IndieView about my début novel, See What Flowers

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The website “The Indie View,” an online forum for connecting indie authors with reviews and readers, recently interviewed me about my début novel, See What Flowers.

In this “IndieView,” I discuss the inspiration behind See What Flowers, my writing process, publishing, and a little bit about me. Click here to access the full IndieView.

“After finishing the first draft, I realized that the writing was more emotional, more honest, and more impactful when I put more of myself into it. So during the editing, I added bits of personal experience to add depth and emotion to the characters.”

Shannon Mullen – 3 August 2017

See What Flowers Longlisted for Novel Beginnings Competition 2017

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Not sure how I missed this, but See What Flowers was longlisted for the “Your Writeful Place Novel Beginnings Competition 2017.” Your Writeful Place is a Paris-based agency which runs writing retreats in inspiring natural settings.

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While See What Flowers did not win, it’s an honour to have my work recognized amongst esteemed writers. Congrats to American novelist D.K. Dailey for her winning entry, Pearl Passing.

See What Flowers is available as an ebook on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Amazon.co.uk, and is currently available as a paperback on Amazon.com.

Paperback copies of See What Flowers will also be available for $20 at the Toronto Book Launch on June 15th at 7:30pm at The Steady Café & Bar, 1051 Bloor Street West.

For more info about my book launch, check out the listings on BlogTO and NOW Magazine.