After spending the majority of my career working for three major telecommunications firms (the most recent as a Circuit Design Engineer), I decided I wanted something more out of life. My passion for the word came to fruition about nine years ago, when suddenly I found more free time than I could have imagined — in the form of a company layoff!
I believe that every picture tells a story, by combining my love of photography and writing with colorful visual descriptions and healing messages found in essays, poems and children’s books.
My newest collection of poetry and photography, Mondays in October, (released July 30 by Shanti Arts), embraces my unmistakable love songs for the beach, and her eternal companion–water–and the vulnerable, blissful, sensual rhythms connecting them. The books is about art, nature, and learning to slow down and live a simpler life. I’ve dedicated the book to the Siteman Cancer Center nurses in St. Louis, who helped my chemotherapy treatment days bearable.
In 2015, I won the Da Vinci Eye Award for Folly Beach Dances a lyrical book of photography and poetry inspired by the sea and my lymphoma journey.
Midnight the One-Eyed Cat (a picture book) was published last September, with the message that every child is beautiful just the way they are. It recently won the Chanticleer Little Peeps Early Readers First Place Category Award, and was a Montaigne Medal finalist.
Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits – An Emerson-Inspired Essay Collection on Travel, Nature, Family and Pets, touches on one’s adventurous spirit, finding inspiration and solitude during walks on the beach, encounters with marine life, and the connection we all have to each other. It recently was a Chanticleer semifinalist for Nonfiction Guides, Instruction and Insight.
My works are well represented in Long Weekends, Southern Writers Magazine, AAA Southern Traveler, AAA Midwest Traveler, South and North Brunswick Magazine, Missouri Life, magazines, anthologies, newspapers, and websites across the nation and Caribbean.
When not writing, I’m usually discovering new beaches and coffeehouses, or checking items off my bucket list with Russell (husband), and two goofy canine kids. Four content cats round out my family on three acres in Missouri. I have a deep affinity for dark chocolate.
I tweet at @ShereeKNielsen & @follybeachdance.