Sheal Mullin-Berube

Born in Montreal, Quebec and now residing in Northern Ontario. A practicing eclectic, solitary Druidic Shaman with Unitarian Universalists ties.


Junked is written as a continuous narrative. The chapters of the novella flow through the life of a character as they struggle with addiction. It is painful, real, and personal. The author uses her own experiences and life as a model for surviving living with people who suffer from addiction.

How the Junked cover was made

By Cover Artist: Sheal Mullin-Berube

This is one of my books, well short story actually. It stems off of another short called These Chains. This particular story is a short horror autobiographical fiction. I wanted the new cover to be dramatic but soft as well. I didn’t want it to be white washed colors but I wanted a wash to the cover as well. Something that would draw the eye exactly where I wanted it to go, the cowboy hat on the car.

Those two elements of the story are the two key elements that play both an integral and central roll in the story telling. One that became a symbol for gramps (the cowboy hat) and the other a doorway of sorts (the car). These two elements, the hat and the car, had become my cover foreshadowing the story inside so to speak.

As for the typography, I wanted very block like fonts to drive home the severity of addictions and the finality of the story conclusion. In that respect, the typography plays as much a roll in being a foreshadowing element as the imagery did.


James: Main Character. James is the grandchild of the narrator of These Chains.

Gramps: Main character and narrator of the story. Gramps is the grandfather of James. 

Other Characters: Mama & James’ Sisters

Insights on Junked

Junked is a spin-off short story from These Chains. Another story from Tabitha Todd dealing with addiction and childhood trauma. James is the grandchild of the narrator of These Chains. The story takes place post These Chains.

From The Author

Addiction is a disease, and those suffering from it, don’t always know when to get help. Accepting that, you can learn how to help those struggling by offering therapy, and getting them help. Sometimes they won’t accept it, and sometimes, it feels hopeless, the road to recovery is long. We encourage those who struggle and those who live with those struggling to talk, be open, and get the help you need.

Tabitha Todd is the pen name of Sheal Mullin-Berube who writes about her life as a writer and partner of TLS. View Posts by Sheal on our blog.

These Chains and Junked both focus on topics of addiction, which prompted us to create a series of posts that dive into how addiction affects us throughout life.

Faces & Voices of Recovery

Faces & Voices of Recovery-an organization focused on lifting up those who have found recovery and those who have lost people to addiction.

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Every Last Drop

As I worked on the book of my mother’s poetry, pouring over a ziplock bag full of her notes, pieces of paper and more, the smell of dank and decay reminds me of what is gone.

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Book Details

Language: ‎ English
Paperback: ‎ 55 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 1989033350
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1989033357
Item Weight: ‎ 2.72 ounces
UNSPSC-Code: ‎ 55101500
Dimensions: ‎ 5.5 x 0.13 x 8.5 inches

Release Date: November 6, 2019
BISAC: FIC025000; FIC045000

List Price
$10.00 [Print], $8.00 [Digital]

$8.00 Ebook

$10.00 Paperback

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