When I met Moa, I was mired in my own mess. Nothing was going the way I wanted. My daughter had just turned three, I was depressed, my relationship was suffering and I felt completely directionless. I’d manifested Moa, of course, but then, I wanted her to go away. When that happened, all I wanted was for her to come back and explain who she was and why (of all people) she visited me.
Let’s back up. Three points are important to this story before we move on. First of all, Moa is short for an incredibly long Hawaiian name, second, she came to me as an ancient Hawaiian spirit during a languid nap (the kind you can only get on vacation in Hawaii) after reading Doreen Virtue’s book, “Lightworker’s Guide” and third, I am a writer.
Upon my return home to Los Angeles, I did everything I could to make sense of my extrasensory experience. I did what every writer does when faced with insurmountable and unexplainable events, I wrote, pondered, meditated and wrote some more. Then a friend suggested that the story might fit in a genre in which I’d never written, Young Adult, Science Fiction.
The spark from this suggestion ignited the entire Moa Book series “Moa,” “Statue of Ku,” and “Iron Shinto.” I’m working on Book four, right now. Each story is narrated by an ancient spirit, Moa is the first, and a lively group of women helps these spirits heal an unresolved event from their past. The books detail ancient culture and each chapter begins with a healing ritual, which leads you deeper into the story.
After self publishing the first two books, I decided to try something a little different with the third book, “Iron Shinto.” Instead of funding the publishing, editing, publicity and marketing myself, as I’d done with the first two, I opted to run a 30 day Kickstarter Campaign. By the end of the campaign, I’d rendered the full amount and was able to pay, Rebecca Gummere, my incredible editor as well as a publicist and the publishing fees.
With the help of my publicist, Scott Lorenz of lWestwind Comminications, each book reached the number one spot in Metaphysical Science Fiction Amazon Kindle free downloads.
To date, “Iron Shinto” has earned numerous awards and honors at several national and international book festivals including ‘Runner Up’ at The Great Southeast Book Festival, ‘Runner Up’ at the celebrated Beach Book Festival, ‘Honorable Mention’ in the San Francisco and The Los Angeles Book Festival in the Young Adult category and in Portland Oregon’s Great Northwest Book Festival. “Iron Shinto” just received an ‘Honorable Mention’ at the New York Book Festival.
My daughter is now ten and is the cover photographer and illustrator of the Moa Book Series and although I have not spoken with Moa since that first encounter seven years ago, her message resonates throughout the series.
I wish for you, a visit from your own muse, spirit, angel, or whatever inspirational spark ignites your passion and creativity. Your journey may not be the way you expect, but, then again, what experience of any worth goes as planned?
About Tricia Stewart Shiu
Tricia Stewart Shiu is an award-winning screenwriter, author and playwright, but her passion lies in creating mystical stories. Her latest series, The Moa Books, which includes “Moa,” “The Statue of Ku” and “The Iron Shinto,” were, by far, her favorite to write.
The Moa Book Series: (Note: For a Limited Time, the award-winning book “Iron Shinto” is .99 on Kindle http://j.mp/1nPldeg )
Moa (Moa Book Series, Book 1)
Statue of Ku (Moa Book Series, Book 2)
Iron Shinto (Moa Book Series, Book 3)