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Lynne Marie Rowland is the founding farmer of Stoopville Farms - a website dedicated to Seeding Transformation, that strives to help anyone who has experienced trauma to move forward on their spiritual healing journey. She blogs under the name of Healing Farmer. The Gnosis of the Salmon is her debut novel.
In 2000, a Philadelphia journalist, Mr. Clark DeLeon, wrote about his friend, Eleanor, who had committed suicide as she could not resolve the complex feelings around a sexual assault in her childhood.
“Eleanor of the article inspired my protagonist, Elinor. This book is meant for all of the Eleanors out there - anyone who has suffered any form of trauma and who is working on recovery and healing.”
“I have always found the deepest inspiration in fantasy - from my earliest readings of J.R.R. Tolkien to modern writers such as Charles de Lint.”
“Following my own healing, I vowed to help other trauma survivors to find their way on their own spiritual healing journey. This led to the founding of StoopvilleFarms and also to write the novel. While The Gnosis of the Salmon is a fictional story of Elinor, as I wrote, I found myself growing alongside my protagonist and maybe you will too.”
Lynne is inspired also by a wide range of mythology and spiritual practices. Her particular interest in the Gnostic Christian tradition was sparked by the groundbreaking work of Carl Jung and led her to travel to spiritual centers exploring and reading original materials from Nag Hammadi in Egypt and the Dead Sea Scrolls in Israel. She has studied the Celtic Shamanic tradition for many years. To augment these studies, she visited sites of Celtic lore and myths such as Brittany, and lands imbued with Shaman traditions from China to Chile. Her travels have ranged as far as Antarctica, India, and Japan seeking spiritual growth through many varied faiths and experiences. She has also studied forgiveness extensively in both Eastern and Western philosophical traditions. She recently became a full mesa holder in the Peruvian Shaman tradition studying with Candace Batterton and Linda Fitch.
Lynne lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her two cats. She still believes in magic.