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I'm Shalon Sims, a science fiction writer currently seeking representation. 

The view from here

Two things I need when writing: a cup of tea and a view.

Most of my stories touch on topics like gender, literacy, social justice, mental health and climate change. Whether I draw from my own experiences or my imagination, my goal is to say something about this world we live in.

more about me
My favourite author: 

Ursula Le Guin

Some of my best memories as a kid were evenings watching Star Trek. I waited all week for it, and always sat on the floor so I could get as close as possible to my favourite characters. I read voraciously, and worked passionately on my own science fiction stories that I never shared with anyone. 

And then I grew up. Boo!
I turned my back on my first love and decided I would only read non-fiction because I wanted to become a scientist. I was going to do research, publish papers, and change the world. For five years I followed that plan. 

Then one day I was picking apples to earn enough money to go to India (the plan had clearly failed!), and I found a dusty science fiction novel in the farm’s kitchen. It was The Dispossessed, by Ursula Le Guin. 

I hadn’t read a fiction novel in over seven years, and I didn’t have high hopes, but that book rocked me! It gave me a whole new perspective on life, and taught me that fiction can change the world. Ursula has given me many gifts, but the most precious was the renewal of my childhood dream to become a writer. Not a scientific writer. But a science fiction writer. 

My Books

The Square Root of Love

Do you ever wonder why people pretend bad stuff isn’t happening? Or that their lives aren’t completely messed up? Or that the world isn’t going to hell in a hand basket? 
Well, that’s what inspired me to write The Square Root of Love!

Jared’s only relief from crushing anxiety is math, but when he wakes up on his sixteenth birthday seeing monsters, not even his trusted friend, Algebra, can save him. Things get worse when his crush, Samantha, shows up in AP math dressed as a boy, demanding to be called Sam (does this mean she likes girls now?). Turns out she can see the monsters as well, so at least he’s not alone.
Fueled by a lack of sleep and a desperate need to impress Sam, Jared leaves the safety of mathematics and joins the underground End Monster Denial movement with Sam. Together they find out the monsters are aliens trapped on earth in a parallel dimension, and that ten per cent of the population can see them, but everyone is pretending not to.

When their activities draw the attention of the authorities, Sam is taken in for remediation, but Jared is spared because his mom leads the team exploiting the monsters for space travel research.

Pressured by his mother to get in line and develop his skills of monster-denial, Jared risks his sanity to remain focused on the truth: the monsters are real. Somehow he needs to break Sam out of remediation and find the astrophysicist who brought the monsters to earth, so they can free the monsters, free themselves, and free humanity from its devastating monster-denial.

Forever Touch the Stars

When I was 15, I started writing a story about a girl who found out she was an alien.
Of course, I didn’t know how difficult it was to write a book, so I gave up on it a few pages in. Over 20 years later, I picked the story up again, and I finished it in 2019!

Twelve-year-old Liorah is an alien time traveler, but she doesn’t know it yet. The future is literally dying to tell her, but it’s bad enough being the new girl in Colony One, especially when her stepfather is the chief engineer and a real jerk! Time travel? No thank you. Liorah’s biggest priorities are fitting in and keeping out of trouble.
Until Colony One goes on lockdown and no one will tell Liorah why. Stuck inside for days playing cards with her droid, surrounded by secrets, Liorah starts to feel crazy. Crazy, like knowing what’s going to happen before it does. Crazy, like breaking into her parents’ room to figure out what’s going on.
It turns out, when you break one rule, it’s easier to break more. Before Liorah knows it, she’s face to face with a real-life ‘outsider’—a boy—and he’s sick. What’s worse is her stepfather made him sick. If she doesn’t help the boy, he’s going to die. But what can Liorah do? She’s just a kid. Plus, she’s terrified of germs. And the dark. And heights. And, well, just about everything.

Mood board for Forever Touch the Starts

House of Mirrors

My current work in progress is a middle grade horror about a tomboy names Sam. Her mother can’t afford a babysitter, so she buys Sam a summer pass to an amusement park, where Sam gets into all sorts of trouble with her friends, Roo and Corey. They all struggle with bad family lives. 
One day a new attraction arrives at the park, a house of mirrors. Sam and her friends decide to be the first to check it out, and fall into a mirror universe where their parents aren’t neglectful or abusive, but they soon discover there’s a price to be paid for their new, wonderful lives: the mirror monster is out to get them!

My blog – learning2grow.org

I’ve been writing content on my blog for many years. There’s lots of good stuff!

These are some of my favourites. 

Using the 7 types of sentence fragments

The most popular article on my blog. Every day people use this post to learn how to write more beautiful sentences. 

Fear: a curse upon me.
Coping with Anxiety

I share techniques I’ve used to cope with anxiety, including “Decatastrophizing” and “Finding the Good.” 

An easy method to fix gaping plot holes

Having written a series spanning 6 timelines with an ensemble cast, I’ve learned about fixiing plot holes. This is my foolproof method.

Out of the Silent Planet
by C.S. Lewis

One of my favourite books. In this short book review, I excerpt my favourite scene where Hyoi, an alien, talks about what language is.

Getting involved in the writing community

I share about my journey in getting involved in the writing community in Vancouver. I’ve updated this article a few times. 

How to create your own writing style guide

A style guide is a clear set of rules that reflect the choices you’ve made in your writing style over the course of your writing career.

Writing & Editing Services

Professional 
communications strategy

I’ve worked as a freelance communications strategist since 2010 for companies like River Rock Casino, BC Mental Health and Provincial Health Services Authority. 

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