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Shelley Schanfield

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While pursuing a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Shelley Schanfield became fascinated with the Buddhist roots of the martial arts. By profession a librarian, she dove into the time, place, and spiritual traditions, including yoga, that 2500 years ago produced Prince Siddhartha, who became the Buddha. The stories of the Buddha’s first women followers inspired her to write The Tigress and the Yogi, the first novel in a trilogy focusing on women’s spiritual struggles and journeys.

Shelley hung up her black belt to practice Iyengar yoga. Both disciplines have enriched her world and the world of her novels.

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Shelley Schanfield I can't remember who said that being a writer is great because you can go to work in your pajamas. That's certainly a good thing about being a writer.…moreI can't remember who said that being a writer is great because you can go to work in your pajamas. That's certainly a good thing about being a writer.

There's also the great feeling of nailing a particular scene or bit of dialog, or writing a single sentence that speaks volumes.

Solitude can be wonderful, too. What I find most rewarding is being awake very early in the morning—1 or 2 a.m.—and sitting down to work. That stillness and quiet frees me to write what I sometimes can't bear to put into words in the daylight, whether it's filled with joy or anguish or terror. Kafka said: "Writing means revealing oneself to excess...that is why one can never be alone enough when one writes, there can never be enough silence around one...why even night is not night enough."



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Shelley Schanfield I'm fortunate in that for the first two books of my trilogy, it was never a question of facing a blank screen with nothing to say. It's more about get…moreI'm fortunate in that for the first two books of my trilogy, it was never a question of facing a blank screen with nothing to say. It's more about getting to the truth of the story and telling it in a way that does the tale justice. That can sometimes stop me.

But ideas—for scenes, for sentences, for additional research—they bubble up on their own. It's catching them that can give me trouble.(less)
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The Mountain Goddess a finalist in the Foreword Indies awards!

I'm thrilled that The Mountain Goddess the second novel in the Sadhana Trilogy, is a finalist in the fantasy category in the 20th Annual INDIES Book of the Year Awards. Foreword Magazine, the only media company completely devoted to independent publishing, announced the finalists selected from over 2,000 entries from university and independent presses.

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Published on March 24, 2018 03:26 Tags: buddhism, fantasy, historical-fantasy, mythology, yoga
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“Do not perform an action for the reward it may bring. Perform it because it is right; it is dharma.”
Shelley Schanfield, The Tigress and the Yogi

“An empty desk is a sign of a cluttered desk drawer.”
Joseph Addison

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”
Arthur C. Clarke

“And Dorothea..she had no dreams of being praised above other women.

Feeling that there was always something better which she might have done if she had only been better and known better, her full nature spent itself in deeds which left no great name on the earth, but the effect of her being on those around her was incalculable.

For the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts and on all those Dorotheas who life faithfully their hidden lives and rest in unvisited tombs. Middlemarch”
George Eliot

“I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”
Joan Didion

“You once said that you would like to sit beside me while I write. Listen, in that case I could not write at all. For writing means revealing oneself to excess; that utmost of self-revelation and surrender, in which a human being, when involved with others, would feel he was losing himself, and from which, therefore, he will always shrink as long as he is in his right mind-- for everyone wants to live as long as he is alive-- even the degree of self-revelation and surrender is not enough for writing.
Writing that springs from the surface of existence-- when there is no other way and deeper wells have dried up-- is nothing, and collapses the moment a truer emotion makes the surface shake. That is why one can never be alone enough when one writes, why there can never be enough silence around one when one writes, why even night is not night enough.”
Franz Kafka

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