Meet some of your fellow June WriMo’s in our Featured Author series each Saturday and Thursday through June.
Shan Jeniah Burton: The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chroincles #5)
Hi, I’m Shan!
My life overflows with lovely chaos. It’s a crazy quilt I share with my chef husband, two endlessly fascinating homeschooled children who gobsmack me on a daily basis, and a cast of furry companions. I’ve lived and worked at the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and the Everglades, and driven across the country three times. Now I’m settled on the same sleepy road in upstate New York where I grew up.
I’m particularly fond of language, dreams, photography, nature, history, music,storytelling, and fictional people with green blood and pointed ears. Combining several of these loves in my writing delights me.
For JuNoWriMo, I’ll be drafting The Far Shore, the fifth novel in my Kifo Island Chronicles an alternate near-future fantasy series in development. Each volume explores the interwoven lives of three main characters on the island-wide, no-cost, private hospice resort.
I’m excited about completing this novel draft during JuNoWriMo , and seeing what it adds to the emerging tapestry of this series.
In this volume, a young girl with a secret; a young woman with an eating disorder; and a young woman who’s seen far more than her years suggest will attempt to find purpose and healing. Will they succeed, or will their demons destroy them?
Several real life story threads coalesced to create the basic premise for this novel including:
- Several friends who’ve dealt with/are dealing with eating disorders.
- Reading a novel about the child sex trade.
- Personal experience with a volatile, abusive home environment.
- A child of the 70s, I was intrigued by the anything-can-happen nature of Fantasy Island.
- A passion for the ocean.
My goal is to explore the strength, adaptability, and grace of the human soul – its capacity for healing, for kindness, for selflessness, and for moments of transcendent beauty even in the midst of ugliness.
I don’t believe in happy endings, because that’s not how life really works. I’m a strong believer in growth, change, and better choices, and those will be major focuses of this novel. I tend to leave my characters in a better place than they began from, but it’s seldom a perfect place.
I’m excited to get writing, and see what will happen…
You can find me here:
Facebook: Shan Jeniah Burton, Writer https://www.facebook.com/Shan-Jeniah-Burton-Writer-120792371340651/
Twitter: @shanjeniah https://twitter.com/ShanJeniah
And, on my brand-new website:http://shanjeniahslovelychaos.com/
2 Replies to “#JuNoWriMo Featured Author – Shan Jeniah Burton”
Your book sounds amazing, I’ll beta read if you want!
Thanks, Elizabeth. It will be a bit before this one’s at this point. I’m much faster at the writing than the revising at this point, and I’ll want to make at least two passes and send it through my local crit group before it sees betas. I do have other books in the series that will also be looking for betas, if you’re interested. I’m expecting the first one to be beta-ready early next year.