Spotlight: Sheal, Larisa, Sarah

ShealBorn in Montreal, Quebec and now residing in Northern Ontario. A practicing eclectic, solitary Druidic Shaman with Unitarian Universalists ties. Graphics designer author of the Indie published book THESE CHAINS. Owner and operator of Álainn E-Pub. Deejay and co-owner of the local entertainment business Mobile Sounds. Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother…Woman.

Sheal is the official cover maker and has just been made the chief assistant for Larisa Hunter. She is the artist for almost all of our book covers, completes interior editing and also supplies copy editing support and advice for our standard line of books. She is an amazing and talented mom and artist who I am proud to have at our company. Sheal has been here from day 1, she has put every amount of effort into helping us grow. She works on everything from our spectacular book covers to managing projects to accounting, blog writing, video making, editing, copy editing, and a ton of other things. She is vital in the running of TLS and has been an amazing rock for us. Sheal’s work expands decades of writing and document prep, which she also offers as a stand-alone service via her own design branch of TLS called Black Cat Editing: https://blackcatediting.net/

LarisaDuring her time with Kenaz Kindred, she lectured at numerous Canadian heathen and pagan festivals, written articles for several books, and recently published her first book, “Fulltrui: Patrons in Asatru” (Megalithica Books, Immanion Press). In 2011, she opened Frigga’s Loom, a business named in honor of her patron goddess where she creates custom made harrow cloths which later grew to become With Needle & Thread a business that helps supplement and pay for the cost of publishing books. She was the publicity rep for Immanion Press from 2011-2012 at which time she became press secretary, where she is responsible for creating newsletters and other documentation. In the same year (2012) she relinquished the name Mist and is now known by her given name Larisa Hunter (alternatively Larisa/Mist may appear). This decision was due to the fact that her life became so public that using a pen/spiritual name seemed unimportant. At the end of 2012, she published Embracing Heathenry and made the decision to leave Immanion Press. This decision was not made lightly. Future publications by Larisa will be self-published. In 2013, Larisa moved with her husband and daughter to California. Here she has continued her mission to publish heathen books and has expanded the press to also publish coloring books and children’s books. She spends her days being a busy wife and mother and is still writing and publishing books.

Some of her other writings include:

Selections in Pagan Poems (Crow Eagle Press, 2006) “Being A Warrior Woman”, Talking About the Elephant – Anthology of Neopagan Perspectives on Cultural Appropriation by Lupa (Megalithica Books) [2008], Self- Published: “The Heathen Shaman” [2012] and “Working With Undesirables” (Previously Published as “Giants, Not The Enemy” [2011] “With the Help of our Gods [2012]” (available online). A large number of poems at www.odins-gift.com (Larisa Hunter)Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys

She has been interviewed and featured in: Hex Magazine (Spring & Summer 2011: Issue 8) “A Dream or Vision that Changed My Life: Finding Frigga in My Dreams”, Living Traditions Magazine: (Volume 4, No. 3, Issue: Spirituality, Esotericism, and Tradition) “The Patron Experience”, Huginn (V1, I2. Midsummer 2011 interview with Maris Pai and review), Eternal Haunted Summer: (Spring Equinox 2012-interview with Rebecca Buchanan) (Yule Edition 2012-Sifting Asatru by Larisa Hunter) (Summer Solstice 2012-Frigga and the Gingerbread Village by Larisa Hunter), Action Newsletter: Beltane 2011 interview with Christopher Blackwell, Mabon 2012- We Demand the Right to Marry-interview with Christopher Blackwell, Yule 2012- interview and review with Christopher Blackwell, Open Book Ontario’s At the Desk Column: “At The Desk, Larisa Hunter” (March 15th, 2012),  Penton Independent Pagan Magazine: Knock, Knock Anyone Home, With the Help of our gods. The Guelph Mercury: Dispelling the mystery and the myths, Paganism no different than other faiths — on most fronts by FIONA ISAACSON GUELPH (Aug 12, 2006), Listowel Banner (2011), Gifts of Wyrd Podcast (2018)

I opened this company with the vision and passion of wanting to preserve the art of writing. I have always been fascinated with writing, it called to me at an early age, and I have found myself wondering what I would do if I was not doing this….and often my reply is…write. It has been difficult to run this every day, but I have the best people in the world to help me. It’s amazing how far we have come, and there is only greatness in the future. I believe in all of us and believe in our authors because they truly are the food for our souls. I hope new writers realize that it is worth attempting, it is worth pursuing because your voice is valid!

SarahCreative Director for Little Birds Books, Sarah has proven herself as an exemplary editor, and writer. She has been a member of many writing organizations and has several years of experience with writing dialogue and children’s literature. Sarah is vital to the creative development of TLS, she helps determine all of our themes, comes up with project ideas for us to pursue, and informs authors of their status along the way. She also wears the hat of review and editing and is always providing help when needed. She is spunky and full of life, bringing the wonder of imagination into TLS. She is key to promoting and pushing children literature and helps decide what kinds of books we take in. Sarah has many years in writing and editing as well as organizational management.

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