Shawn L. Bird


Shawn L. Bird is a teacher, poet, and author of Young Adult fiction in British Columbia, Canada.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
I'm an English teacher and librarian, so I read constantly. I have several favourites.
Diana Gabaldon, for her rich and believable characters who become so much a part of the family that they're routinely included in dinner table discussions. These books are constantly being re-read at my house.
J. K. Rowling for the wealth of her imagination, and the depth of her perceptions. A children's story is not just a children's story when the best story tellers are weaving narrative magic. This is seen in A Casual Vacancy which is a dark tale, but brilliantly crafted.
Stephenie Meyer for the inspiration that if she could do it, so could I!
Margaret Laurence, whose Manawaka stories are so insightful.
Hugh Sinclair, whose works hurt with their painful realism.
Neil Gaiman, whose wicked sense of dark humour releases truths and beauty.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
At work. I'm a career coordinator, librarian, and teacher in a high school. It's a brilliant job.
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Where to find Shawn L. Bird online

Where to buy in print


Grace Awakening Power
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,440. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
From the moment Grace arrives to stay with her aunt, she knows that danger has followed her. She grows more aware that beings from Greek mythology are all around her, fighting to destroy or defend her. It's the love of the man she's left behind that tortures her most, and her power is the only thing to save it.
Grace Awakening Dreams
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,780. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
In Grace Awakening Dreams, Grace discovers the devotion of a love that has followed her through time. She also discovers the evil forces that are determined to destroy her life in Calgary. As she faces attacks and begins to find her own strength, Grace awakens to the other reality that her dreams reveal: a reality that entwines her life with characters out of Greek mythology
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
48 original poems that celebrate and explore the every day moments.
Grace Awakening Dreams and Power
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 159,640. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Fourteen year old Grace doesn’t know it yet, but she’s been around for three thousand years waiting to fulfill her destiny to become one of the Three Graces of Greek Mythology. Forces are battling for her love, her body and her destiny. Now all she needs to do is survive the war.
A Year in Love: A Haiku Collection
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 390. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
A collection of 22 haiku poems, depicting love and seasons.

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british columbia    calgary    canada    canada fiction    canadian    fantasy    fantasy contemporary    greek mythology    haiku    love    modern    mythology    poems about life    poetry    romance    season    shuswap    teen    three graces    urban    year   

Smashwords book reviews by Shawn L. Bird

  • Raven on Sep. 11, 2011

    First, what I liked: 1. this is a very effective cover. 2. I wanted to like this book. I really did. I read all these great reviews and expected a wonderful book. A major irritation was the "telling not showing" issue. As a reader, I can tell what a raised eyebrow or a wink means. I don't need several more sentences to explain it. I would have liked to have seen dialogue used to advance the plot. Show HOW characters are bonding, rather than to be told they 'talked into the night and bonded.' I found the characters quite stilted and uni-dimensional because they couldn't reveal themselves in their own words. I would probably have liked it more if I wasn't an English teacher. The average 13 year old is probably not going to notice that there were mechanical errors on almost every page. Between spelling errors, incorrect verb tenses, misplaced modifiers, faulty pronoun references, and poorly wielded commas, I kept having to put this down and walk away from it. I read two other books in single sittings in the same period. I did not believe the instant love interest between Lilly and Oliver. She is 13. He has graduated from high school and has been working, so he's 18 or 19. I have taught both age levels. Trust me: never the twain shall meet! Any 18 year old interested romantically in a 13 year tends to be seriously slimy. I just kept wondering what was wrong with him. Then, just as quickly as he fell in, he falls out of love and has to leave the community. That didn't work with the set up. I presume he'll show up in the later books, but frankly, I don't really care. Those issues would have rated it a three from me. However, there were huge setting issues. I live in BC. This book is set in BC and it is plain that there was no Canadian editor checking accuracy or vocabulary. FYI- here soda is pop, a beanie is a toque, a rucksack is a backpack, and the likelihood of a scone showing up as a packed lunch is very, very low. A muffin or some bannock, on the other hand, would have fit. I didn't mind when Lilly made the mistakes at the beginning, but when First Nations Canadian characters said blatantly un-Canadian things, I wanted to scream. I was also really irritated by the fact that Lilly's family is introduced as the Tulugaqs. My first thought was "Why does her family have an Inuit name, if they're from around Vancouver?" I double checked to be sure. Yes, 'tulugaq' is Inuktitut for raven, so Turner got that right. However, Powell River, where Lilly's family lives, is the land of the Sliammon people- a Coast Salish tribal group, not an Inuit group from the Arctic. In Sliammon language, raven is 'poho.' I waited all book to hear the back story of why the family had moved over TWO THOUSAND KILOMETRES from the Inuit lands of the North to come live in Powell River, but it didn't happen. This is equivalent to setting the Scottish Picts in North Africa without explanation! Rather a huge error, actually. I will grant, however, that it is unlikely to be spotted by anyone from outside Canada. Another one that made me grumpy: The end of January she has just gotten her cast off. Lilly says she wore it 2 months, which means her implausible log crushing accident was the end of November. During her time in a cast she celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas. If she was in the USA, she might just have made Thanksgiving, but in Canada, our Thanksgiving happens the second Monday of OCTOBER- 5 or 6 weeks before the accident. I believe an author needs to be responsible about setting. Not everyone will notice the errors, but it is important to be respectful enough to the 'host community' to get it right. It's the difference between an okay story and a great one. These significant issues made it very difficult for me to enjoy this book. If I had not promised a review, I would never have finished reading it. I definitely will not be reading any others in the series.