Featured Interview With Jessie Shedden
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised on the Somerset Levels in England, which is all reclaimed land and therefore floods a lot. I was brought up in a very strict religious cult, which I escaped 3 years ago – and have written about in my memoir Tomorrow’s Not Promised. I now live in Wales with my wonderful fiance Dai and our 6 boutique bantams – Cuddlepot, Pretty, Chamois, Blue, Noire & Butterscotch. My chickens have been the inspiration behind my recently released book series ‘Fluffybutt Love’.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Despite having dyslexia I’ve always loved reading, coupled with the fact we were not allowed TV or radio in the cult, there was little else to occupy me during my homeschooling years when I had no peers and my sibling who were a lot older than me all were off doing their own thing. I started out reading Enid Blyton’s Brer Rabbit books and later progressed to reading memoirs such as Ben Carsons.
I first wrote when I realised I was ready to share my back story which was a million miles away from most others. People were fascinated to know what growing up in a cult in England meant and so it was time to put pen to paper.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I don’t think I have a lot of loyalty to authors as much as I do to genres.
I read 100% non-fiction unless it is a child’s book, and tend to read memoirs, self-help books, business and mindset books and first-person accounts.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
The Fluffybutt Love book series has just been launched with The Original Fluffybutt Love. Think Jack Canfield’s Chicken Soup for the Soul, only a lot less soup and a lot more chickens! Chickens are vastly underappreciated and not seen for the immense amount of healing they bring to their owners. My own flock have seen me through incredibly dark times and it turns out I’m not alone in finding that to be the case. It’s been an absolute pleasure to collate stories from chicken parents all over the world and prepare them ready for 1,000’s more to read. The next two books are already ‘in the wings’ – Fluffybutt Love Special Rescue Edition and More Fluffybutt Love will be out in the next couple of months.
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