Shawn Bird is a high school English teacher, an author, and a poet in the beautiful Shuswap region of British Columbia. After 2 years as a graduate student in the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus Shawn can no longer say she’s a “jack of all trades master of none” ’cause she’s wielding a certificate that proclaims she’s a Master of Education! 🙂
Shawn is the author of a novella length noir interconnected short story collection Murdering Mr. Edwards: Tales from Canterbury High published by Coffin Hop Press April 2018. Her Grace Awakening series is set in Calgary and the Shuswap region of BC. While technically a YA (Young Adult) novel, it crosses genres and ages. Grace Awakening is first love meeting ancient myth. Check out the details on the Grace Awakening page linked above. She has been represented by literary agent Amy Tompkins of Transatlantic Agency in Toronto.
Shawn is big into federations. She is a member of both the BC Teachers’ Federation and the Federation of BC Writers. For good measure, she is also a member of the North Okanagan Shuswap Teachers Association and the Shuswap Association of Writers, since it is always good to associate with other teachers and writers!
Shawn is a Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm (Shuswap) and a former Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Finland. This suggests that people believe she is a responsible member of society. In fact, she is now President-Elect of the club again. She is conversationally fluent in two languages besides English, and dabbles at a variety of others. She loves language and communicating across cultures. Shawn moderates a blog of (theoretically) monthly non-sectarian Rotary Invocations, as well.
She has one handsome, amazing, thoughtful husband (he does laundry!), two unique and independent human children, one very smart miniature poodle puppy (who earned his Novice Trick Dog title at 8 months old and at 20 months had his Advanced Trick Dog title) not to mention the million memories made by three funny, worshipful, delightfully curly canine children, now all buried in the back yard. There are no human children buried in the back yard.
You may notice the harp in the back of the poodle photo. Shawn used to play the harp much better than she does now, but unfortunately, to continue to play well it is necessary to practise! BC harpists will remember Shawn from her years of writing for the now defunct BC Harps Newsletter and her activity on the MIT Harp List, also defunct and much mourned. If you’re curious, click on VIDEOs at right >> There are few videos of Shawn playing now that she’s occasionally practising again.
Shawn likes to create. She knits, sews, does embroidery, paints, and collects shoes, particularly shoes that are functional art, like those made by John Fluevog! You will find examples of her assorted projects throughout the blog. (See the Project section).
You are cordially invited to join Shawn’s Facebook Fan page. It could really use someone with your enthusiasm brightening it up! 🙂 You may also want to pop over to her new Wattpad site (www.wattpad.com/ShawnLBird to see the stories she’s posted there. Thanks for coming by! Spend some time exploring, and come back soon!
PS. Oh, and she’s just a wee bit obsessed with Outlander and is constantly amazed and blessed to know and to be encouraged by author Diana Gabaldon.
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