Whatever you can do 
or dream you can,
begin it.
Boldness has genius,
power, and magic in it.

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 mental health, social justice, gender, literacy, and climate change. Whether I draw from my own experiences or my imagination, my goal is to say something meaningful about this world we live in.

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My Books

Here’s a glimpse into my writing life—the books I’m currently working on.

Current work in progress

The Square Root of Love

Why does everyone pretend that everything is okay, when, in reality, their lives are completely messed up and the world is going to shit?

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Bubbling on the back burner…

House of Mirrors

House of Mirrors is a middle grade horror told partly as novel and partly as comic.

Sam is a tomboy latchkey kid whose mother can’t afford a babysitter after Sam’s big brother disappears. With no other options, she buys Sam a summer pass to Calaway Amusement Park. With her new friends, Corey and Roo, Sam into all sorts of mischief at the park. 

One day a new attraction arrives at the park—a house of mirrors. The gang decides to sneak in before it opens to the public. They 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!


Sam explores the underworld, oblivious to the mirror monster…


As the mirror monster closes in, Sam must face her worst fear—the dark

On submission

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!

After many, many drafts, I have finally started submitting Forever Touch the Stars to agents. 

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My biggest inspiration

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 blog – learning2grow.org

I’ve been writing content on my blog since 2008. There’s lots of good stuff!
These are some of my favourites. 

Using the 7 types of sentence fragments

By far the most popular article on my blog. Every year, thousands of people use this post to learn how to write more beautiful sentences. 

Fear: a curse upon me.
Coping with Anxiety

In this essay I share techniques I’ve learned over the years to cope with anxiety, including “Decatastrophizing” and “Finding the Good.” 

Joseph Campbell vs. Christopher Vogler

In this analysis, I compare “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” and “The Writer’s Journey,” and offer a plotting template based on both. 

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.

A review of the truly scariest kid’s & YA horror

In this extensive essay about fear and horror in children’s literature, I dive deep to explore the characteristics of the truly scariest stories.

Plot your novel using try-fails and Mice Quotient

This popular post explains Orson Scott Card’s MICE quotient for plotting an unwieldy novel. This is my go-to, never-fails plotting device.

Thanks for swinging by…

Get in touch


shalonsims [at] hotmail [dot] com