. . . I've
always been on the other side of the fence as far as publicity goes . .
. ghostwriting articles, doing bios, reviews, fluff pieces and copy for
ad campaigns that were always promoting someone else's work and not
mine. If you've spent any time browsing the pages in this
site, you'll see I'm still doing it somewhat, that is, promoting others
and not myself. So, it appears to the world that I'm being pretty
modest about my talents or accomplishments And, of
course, you're sitting there thinking, "well, . . yeah, I'VE
certainly never hear of you!"
Well, all that is about to change.
Coming to Santa Fe, NM in December, 2003 was the beginning of a new era
for me and has continued progressively with my move then to Seatte, WA. I'm starting to make time for writing and following
this dream of Healing Waters Press. And, I'm not going
to let anything or anyone stop me!! I'm putting ALL my
poetry into collections and working on getting some of my children's
stories published. Below is just the tip of the iceberg as far as
what work is coming. If you are interested in any of my
books-in-process below, please let me know so I can put you on a list to
receive information about availability. Most books will be
available in both e-book and print versions either through HWP or
One of these days
I WILL get around to finishing my life story and then people will see
why I don't talk about my life. It reads like a book stranger than
fiction . . . full of happenings others would find bizarre or unreal.
But true enlightenment does not flow from fear of things we can not see
or understand. To evolve, even into freedom of thought, we
must examine all that is presented to us, no matter how strange or
unfamiliar it might be.
Blessed be. --
BELOW ARE SOME OF MY BOOKS & WORKS IN
Willy: A children's book by Shirl A. Steward,
inspired by artwork of a close friend. Willy is a Catatonian
and really different from all those around him. This is his
very personal story of learning he's not so unusual and definitely, not
alone. Topic specific: dealing with issues of
self-worth, the need to belong and childhood loneliness.
Cal & Tuddie:
children's book by Shirl A. Steward, cover art by artist to be
determined. This story
is dedicated to two very special friends I lost. Cal was a
hypnotist/showman and Tuddie was his cat and then mine after he died.
Topic specific: dealing
with death and dying.
Feathers: A collection
of poetry by John Anthony Line and Shirl A. Steward, to be Illustrated by
various artists including Shirl A. Steward, Lindsay Robertson, and Danielle Coen
A collection of poetry by Shirl A. Steward to her muse
and soultwin, John Anthony Line, illlustrator(s) to be determined.
A collection of art by Danielle Coen and poetry by Shirl
Poet of the
White Meadow: Collection of poetry by Shirl A.
Steward, illustrated by Shirl A. Steward and others.
are Forever: Collection of love poetry by Shirl A.
Steward. Illustrations by Shirl A. Steward, and
Fred: A children's book by Shirl A. Steward,
Illustrated by ?. A Dr. Seuss style (in that, its
verses rhyme) story about the transformation of the Big Bad Wolf.
Topic specific: dealing with self-worth, self-fulfillment
and truly striving towards being the best of who you are.
was A Flutterby; A children's book by Shirl A.
Steward, Illustrations to be done by artist yet to be determined.
This art was originally to be done by my friend, Toni Donelow Stewart
who passed away in November, 2004. It is a thus very special to
me. It is the story of a dying child's wish to be a butterfly. Topic specific: dealing with death and
of Los Worth: A children's book by Shirl A.
Steward, Illustrator to be determined. A story originally
conceived as a therapeutic metaphor. It may seem like a
mystic fairytale with wizards and castles but it deals with real issues
of everyday existence. Topic specific: dealing
with self-worth issues and has interesting spiritual symbology.
Other works in process:
Screenplay: Corkey's Bay, first written in 1986, is a
based on one of my own romantic real life dramas. This work
is finished except for the addition of the last two scenes . . . that
is, an "ending". At the time of
writing it, I knew I had to write it as a self-therapy but was too much
part of the story to see
or accept its 'end'. Set in the Virgin Islands and a small
village in Ireland, it is a somewhat 'more real than life' depiction of
two people whose deep love for each other brought them together to
finally heal from a great tragedy they shared in another life time.
Topic specific: death and dying, past lives, healing from
Screenplay: Edgar and Mary
is a work of love that I can not talk about at this time because I am still
researching certain historical facts. It is also about a very deep love
that lasted a lifetime and circumstances that kept two lovers apart.
Topic specific: death and dying, past lives, pursuit of
lost love and being in the counterflow of the normally accepted . . .
against the odds.
Screenplay: Lust for
is passionate portrayal of great love of two people healing the terrible
identity-threatening traumas that began in each of their youths.
They come to 'find themselves' and their own unique identities through
each other. It is the ultimate in 'love heals all' but it also
about the reality of self-empowerment . . . for this is a TRUE story.
Topic specific: self-empowerment, self-identity
of the Mystic Monk (A Series of books for children) by
Shirl A. Steward, Illustrator and publisher to be determined. A
very magical journey of a dying little boy who learns how to heal
himself and go beyond all limits of reality. Topic specific:
dealing with the nature of spirituality, death and dying.
Tardak the Lionman:
by Shirl A. Steward, Longer short
fiction for young readers, a story inspired by an original
painting by artist, Richard Olsen and to redesigned for the cover by
an artist to be determined. Tardak is an other-dimensional
creature encountered in a young boy's dream . .. or is it a
dream?? And, who is this strange one named Tarkak?
Topic specific: dealing with the nature of spirituality,
self-worth, loneliness, death and dying.
of the Hierophant by Shirl A. Steward, cover art by
?, Full length adult novel. A fictional story behind the death of
a famous spiritual leader, the conspiracies involved, and the magic of
spiritual forces brought to task which rise up to defeat the
conspirators. This is a story of hope for the future of humanity.
Also, be ready to be challenged for it WILL challenge everything you
believe and come to accept about government, religion, and their ways of
controlling us. It is also a guidebook for reclaiming the
power these forces have stolen from us. Beware . . . this
book will change how you think about the world and the nature of
reality! Topic specific: dealing with the
nature of spirituality, government/religious control, freedom of
thought, self-awareness, death and dying.
by Shirl A. Steward, cover art by ?, Full length
adult fiction. Based on the past life recall of several
individuals, as well as very ancient Sioux legends, this is a sweet
story of an eternal love between two native Americans caught in the vise
of native tradition and obligations of each to their own unique
callings, ordained by Great Spirit. Topic
specific: dealing with the nature of native spirituality, the
retelling of a great native legend, great love, native tradition and the
horrors of war that befell Native Americans in ancient times.
the White Meadow: An Autobiography. by Shirl
A. Steward, cover art by ?. From the ashes of childhood
depression, abuse, near death trauma, mystical happenings and magical
waking visions rose a true visionary, writer and poet. This
story will keep you hanging on the edge of your seat. It will
inspire you and remind you that nothing is impossible. "You're
limited only by the height of the sky and the infiniteness of the
universe.", says Shirl, "True, unconditional, everlasting love can exist
between two people. I know because I found it in a little village
west of Southampton, England. Although we are apart, that man will
always be the sunshine in my heart." Live, dream and
experience love through the eyes of a visionary.
Atlantis by Shirl A. Steward, cover art by ? Full
length adult novel. Still in conceptual stages. A fictional story drawn from predictions and
theories of a shift of the earth and the world ending etc.
It deals with one woman's visions of a past life and future destruction
. . . then, her search to find identity when these two worlds start
colliding into her everyday present. It's a great what-if
story that challenges all our societal norms and our concepts of
spiritual realities. Topic specific:
dealing with the nature of spirituality reality, death and dying,
prophecy, and rebirth of civilization.
A Slave of
the Pharaoh by Shirl A. Steward, cover art by ?, Full
length adult fiction. Still in conceptual stages. A novel
based on past life recall by various people. All events surround a
young slave girl in the court of a Pharaoh who made the mistake of
falling deeply in love with the Pharaoh's son.
Sage by Shirl A. Steward, cover art by ?, full
length adult fiction. Still in conceptual stages.
A novel also based on past life recall dreams and actual visions.
Adelu is the presiding high priest at an Atlantian Temple. This is
about his life, his family . . . all the joys and sorrows that befall
them. This will be somewhat of a sequel to Rise of Atlantis.
Shirl A. Steward, is the
publisher and one of the cofounders of Healing Waters Press and
Healing Waters Journal. Shirl moved to Seattle, WA from
Santa Fe, NM in October, 2008. She is a writer of poetry, children’s
books, novels and is a freelance journalist. Her stories skillfully address critical
topics for children such as self worth, friendship, and self
fulfillment but her specialty is the sensitive topic of death and
dying. Her children's stories "Cal and Tuddie" and "Wishful
Willy" will soon be released to the public. She also has
several collections of poetry and novels in the works. She spend
many years in the more business aspects of writing: as copywriter,
technical writer, publicist, ghostwriter, instructor and later as an
editor for an environmental journal, an independent film newspaper
and The Santa Fe New Mexican. She graduated from Temple
University and attended Lehigh University grad school to study
psychology. She has two grown sons, Shane and Brian.
Eldest son, Shane is also pursuing writing, but as a supplement to
his academic pursuits. He taught English in Japan for
the Nova program, studied
archaeology in undergrad and has his MBA from Temple University.
Son, Brian is a former Army Lieutenant (was stationed in Afghanistan
and Korea) and is now a manager for Boeing.