Shireen Jeejeebhoy

Biography

I write a mix of books: novels, biography, short nonfiction. I set my novels in Toronto, my home for most of my life, a city of contradictions and ripe with conflict possibilities. My debut book, LIFELINER, is set in Ontario, but also travels down to New York and across the pond to Sweden.

My life is one big question mark, has been ever since I sustained a closed head injury (or mild traumatic brain injury or concussion, whichever moniker is fashionable) in a four-car collision. But my writing keeps me grounded, my photography takes me to other places. I wrote about it and treatments I discovered in my revised memoir CONCUSSION IS BRAIN INJURY: TREATING THE NEURONS AND ME.

When I'm not writing, reading, taking photographs, I'm hunting for good coffee and sensational chocolate.

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
My readers make the difficult work of editing and publishing worthwhile. Without them, there is no reason to do that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is like breathing for me. It lets my subconscious tell my conscious mind stories as I watch letters appear on the screen. It gives characters that show up in my head a voice and lets me play with plots and ideas and stick it to Toronto politicians and TTC management who hurl obstacles at those of us just trying to get through the day. Readers complete my writing, and I love hearing what they think, even when I cannot always respond to their emails or feedback (brain injury tends to hiccup one's intentions). And the few conversations I've had about my novels have made my day!
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Shireen Jeejeebhoy online


Where to buy in print


Videos

Lifeliner: In Brief
A short video version of "Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story" by Shireen Jeejeebhoy. Not a book trailer and not the whole biography, but a nice, pleasing taste of Judy's amazing story set to music located at http://ccmixter.org and licensed through Creative Commons. I had fun playing with the pitch of my voice, overlaying music tracks, and trying out some video with my Nikon Coolpix S2. I hope you enjoy it!

Books

Concussion Is Brain Injury: Treating the Neurons and Me (Revised Edition)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 106,430. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing
"...the intricate details of the author’s experience are riveting and enlightening." Kirkus Reviews In the year 2000, two drivers slammed into the car Shireen Jeejeebhoy was in. Her brain bounced around inside her skull; the person she'd been died. Shireen searched and searched for treatments to heal her dead neurons and herself. This is her journey. This is her message: you are not alone.
Aban's Accension
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,480. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
Aban unexpectedly inherits a house in the big city with a mysterious male tenant. She disobeys her parents to go see, intending to return home to the safety of her small town. What she finds instead upends her life and everything she has believed.
Time and Space
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,120. Language: Canadian English. Published: June 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Time is kidnapped by three boys from the future, then dumped in the future past to die. She finds shelter with a mysterious man whose name is Space, and she must either adapt or find her way home before the boys catch her and dispose of her forever.
Eleven Shorts +1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,540. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Literary collections » Female authors
Eleven short stories: Two little girls, in two different eras, yearning for their parents. A shy girl in a new country. Emerging after the death of a spouse. A short short. Mother and son argue over what is dignity, what value her life. A creepy little short. The bureaucrat and his ever-so-busy day. A party that glitters. A daughter rebels. A mother and her youngest, a conflict without end?
She
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,880. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(5.00)
**Finalist for the 2012 The Word Guild Awards, Novel-Futuristic Category** -- a novel about evil, betrayed friendship, and the fight for identity. An entity from nothing space and time violently invades a young Toronto songwriter. He consumes her. He changes her into his image. She battles back to resist him, to expel him, to regain herself. And in doing so discovers where evil really resides.
The Job Sessions: Why Do The Innocent Suffer?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,510. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Bibles
People who suffer deeply often turn to the Book of Job in the Bible. There they look for answers to their suffering, suffering that is often seemingly for no reason. But this book of prose and poetry is a long read and sometimes hard to understand. It’s helpful to have a guide with you. This is mine for you.
A Nibble of Chocolate
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,460. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Nutrition
Chocolate has always attracted me. From the time, a local shop owner gave me a small, free bite, I have been hooked. Most of my life, I've seen chocolate as a sinful indulgence, an addiction that only leads to a fat stomach. But chocolate isn't sinful. It's an amazing vegetable that does much for us and makes us feel good too. In this short ebook, I'll explore chocolate's nutritional qualities.
Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 67,170. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Biography » Other biographies
(4.00)
Judy Taylor relished her simple happy life. She had a loving husband, three young daughters, a beautiful suburban home. But after intestinal blood clots annihilated her guts, Judy faced starving to death in a cold Toronto hospital. The year was 1970. Judy lived two more decades without eating. "Lifeliner" is about her inspirational story from death to life, from ordinary woman to medical pioneer.

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