Author: Shean Pao

Truly Epic Fantasy Bundle


I am excited to announce that my book, The Feather and the Moon Well is included in another fantasy bundle of famous authors! Please pass this on to your friends and family. They make wonderful gifts! It’s a terrific chance to get some truly epic books to read for a great deal.

At, you can pay a minimum of $5 and receive the base group of five titles, or for as little as $15, you receive all eleven books in your preferred eBook format, delivered immediately. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education. The Truly Epic Fantasy bundle runs for a limited time, ending on September 22. Fill up your reading device with all the worlds you can imagine, help indie authors, and also benefit a great charity.

IMG_3418I had such an amazing time at the Salt Lake City Comic Con where I met the staff of Word Fire Press. I can’t beIMG_3390gin to thank everyone for all of their help with the launch of my new book, The Feather and the Moon Well. Everyone was incredibly nice and very professional. What a great team! Quincy, Michelle and Daniel, you were especially amazing!

I met my publisher, and NYT best selling author Kevin J. Anderson and many other accomplished writers. It was fairly mind blowing. Brandon Sanderson even dropped by!

IMG_3450I had the total honor of being next to NYT best selling author David Farland, and Christopher Paolini, NYT best selling author of Eragon. At one point Christopher had a book signing of what looked like 200 fans! If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Christopher, you will discover what an amazing person he is—and a super nice guy! I read Eragon several years ago, and like everyone else, delighted in the books and the movie. I wanted to bring mine for Christopher to sign but it is a huge compilation of the whole story, and weighs about eight pounds. Not something I could haul on the plane.

I have so much to say I don’t even know where to start. Pictured to the left is Becky and her friend. She is the first person to buy my book. Thanks Becky!IMG_3395_2

But I think one of the most wonderful events happened on Saturday, the last day of the Convention. I had two different people approach me to say they had purchased my book on Thursday. They both said they had started reading The Feather and the Moon Well and enjoyed it so much they had to come back to let me know! I think the joy of that experience will carry me through the entire year!

Here are some of the great people that bought my book. I’ve posted a lot more on my facebook page.








IMG_3454I was also honored to spend time in the booth with D. J. Butler. He is the acquisitions manager for WFP but he’s also an author. I’ve started reading his book, City of the Saints, which is a really great. I’m also beginning to see glimpses of a really great mind. You know, those people who seem to think at light speed and leave you in the dust? That’s D.J. Butler. Go check out his book. You can buy it here on Amazon. Dave kept me in stitches by reinventing my name, as well as the synopsis of my book. Here’s a review of ‘Feather’ which isn’t quite on the mark – LOL and cracks me up. Thanks Dave, FanX was a lot of fun and I look forward to repeating it at Emerald City Comic Con.

I also met wonderful, award winning writer Scott William Taylor, who already posted on his blog about me and the David Farland Discovery program. Read that here.

So many fun things are happening, and I will try to keep them all listed either here or on my FB page. David FarlanIMG_3464d, my editor, mentor and just a truly awesome guy wrote this amazing post about The David Farland Discovery Program. 

So next week – April 7-10 I will be heading to Seattle, my home town, for the Emerald City Comic Con for another great adventure. I hope to see you there!

David Farland Discoveries: Feather and the Moon Well, by David Farland

This week marks the release of a novel by new author Shean Pao called The Feather and the Moon Well. Her novel was released by Kevin J. Anderson’s Wordfire Press, and is the first title in the “David Farland Discovery” program.

So what is a “David Farland Discovery”? For many years I’ve been teaching new authors and discovering talented new writers. As the lead judge in the world’s largest speculative fiction writing contest, I’ve found dozens of them. But I’ve also discovered new authors when teaching writing classes in college, at various conferences, and of course through my own writing seminars and workshops.

Some of those writers have gone on to become international bestsellers. For example, many years ago, while writing little Star Wars books for Scholastic, I was asked by my editors to look at some books and help pick one to push big for the coming year. The managing editor sent a couple of boxes of books for my purview, and after considering them all, I chose a little book calledHarry Potter. I was informed that the marketing department didn’t like the book. They thought that it was too long and too complex for its intended audience, but I spent a good long time on the phone explaining why I thought that it had all of the hallmarks of a blockbuster, and Scholastic went ahead and decided to make it a lead novel. It did pretty well.

A couple of years later, while teaching at Brigham Young University, I had a young student ask “How do I become the bestselling young adult writer of all time?” So we sat down and talked about how to combine romance and wonder in a novel, and took the first steps in brainstorming what became the international bestseller Twilight.

There have been many other authors that I’ve worked with. For example, one of my students, Brandon Sanderson, began writing the novel Elantris while in my writing class at BYU in 1999. I helped him find an agent and then began taking him on book-signing tours. He’s now deservedly a #1 New York Times bestseller. My friend James Dashner was writing middle-grade books about young men on sports teams when we met, so we discussed how he could broaden his audience by moving into speculative fiction. Since then, his Maze Runner series has turned into an international hit.

Over the years, I’ve helped hundreds of new writers get their first publications as short story writers or novelists.

But every once in a while I run across someone with a special gift, and I’ve wished that I could do a bit more to publish them. Such was the case with Shean Pao. Now, Shean has an odd name. She’s of Irish background but is married to a Chinese husband, so she writes Celtic high fantasy in the vein of Patricia McKillip. As I saw samples of her work, I recognized that I had a powerful wordsmith with a great gift for characterization, and I wanted to find a way to push her toward publication.

That happens sometimes. I’ll spot an author’s gifts. For example, while grading Stephenie Meyer’s papers in college, I recall thinking that she had a tremendous gift of voice. With J.K. Rowling, I recognized within three chapters that she had a world-class talent for audience analysis. Brandon Sanderson showed his genius at plotting in the first few pages of Elantris. With Shean, I saw a gift for creating complex characters that aren’t quite likeable, yet I somehow fell in love with them anyway.

So what makes a David Farland discovery? I have to spot your gift and be convinced that you’re a potential star, first off. And of course it helps if you’re a real workhorse—someone who writes consistently but also writes beautifully.

I do have my favorite genres. I love fantasy and science fiction for adults and children, but I’m also a huge fan of thrillers. I seem to be cursed with rather popular tastes. I loved John Grisham from the moment that I first began to read him, the same with Dan Brown. Right now I’m excited by the words of Jonathan Maberry.

At the moment, I’m not accepting submissions for the David Farland Discovery Program, but will be opening it up in about three months—as soon as I finish up a couple of big projects. In the meantime, you might be interested in checking out The Feather and the Moon Well.

I am so excited to announce that my book,

The Feather and the Moon Well

is now available in e-book format for pre-sale
at the following • KoboBarnes & Noble


David Farland has chosen The Feather and the Moon Well as the first novel to launch his David Farland Discovery Program. As a writing instructor, he has mentored dozens of New York Times bestselling authors, including Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).

In THE FEATHER AND THE MOON WELL, Shean Pao draws upon traditional tales of the fairy realm for inspiration, but creates a world that is uniquely her own. The resulting tale is richly drawn and completely seductive. This is a story that bears reading again and again.” —New York Times bestselling fantasy author David Farland.

What an honor and privilege it is, to not only be associated with such a talented writer, but to be supported and encouraged by David as well. WordFire Press will be publishing The Feather and the Moon Well in conjunction with David Farland’s Discovery Program.

The Feather and the Moon Well is available for pre-sale at, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. It will be officially available March 28, 2016.

And now, a little about the book:

We Must Live By The Choices We Make—
What If Helping Someone Evil
Could Free You From An Eternal Prison?

Cover for the Feather and the Moon Well

Legend tells of a sorceress, living within a white tower outside of the great city of Ethcabar, who owns a vast hoard of strange and curious items. If you bring her something precious to add to her Collection, she may grant your wish… or curse you.

But no one knows that the Willow Woman also possesses a Moon Well – an item of immense power. One of its many abilities grants her to see into the future, and thus alter its course.

When she sees an item within the Moon Well, a great flaming feather of incredible beauty that has the ability to free her from her tower-prison, she discovers she will have to create an evil spell for a Nepha-Lord to get it. However, the devastation to the surrounding countryside, its people, and the certainty of her own misery might be too high of a price to pay.

Barbarus is a slave who wishes to be free of his Master, a Nepha-Lord of the sixth hell. He is sent on a journey to gather a rare item for the Willow Woman’s spell. The spell his Master desires will bind a Core-Demon to the Nepha Lord’s will, and give him terrible power. Barbarus discovers he has choices, and desires of his own. His growing friendship with Anarra, will either bring him release of servitude, or certain death.

Neither Barbarus nor his master know the Willow Woman is hiding secrets of a different kind, and the use of these powers is forbidden by her own people. Will she lose the love of the one man she has come to accept? Will she risk love, friendship and the terrible war she sees within the Moon Well to obtain The Feather?

A story of selfishness, friendship, betrayal, and hope. The Feather and the Moon Well is a magical tale built within the fringe of Irish Mythology. It is the first novel by Shean Pao in the epic series, In the Brilliance of Sun.

WordFire Press Cover reveal for A David Farland Discovery!

My publisher at WordFire Press was kind enough to send this over.
The full cover wrap for The Feather and the Moon Well.
I love the design and colors. The wood spine gives it an almost 3-d effect.

And the official A David Farland Discovery logo is making it all seem very real.
My husband designed the logo, which was quite an honor! I think he did an outstanding job.

We are moving forward. Publication date will be March, 28, 2016.

(I discovered this was not hooked up to my mailing list – please let me know if you receive this via email- Thanks!)

(The white square on the back is where they will insert the ISBN number and bar code).

David Farland Discovery Program launching at FanX convention in March

The Feather and the Moon WellThe Feather and the Moon Well will be launched as the first novel in the David Farland Discovery Program this coming March at Fan X in Salt Lake City! I will be present as well as David Farland to sign copies and talk about the program. Hope to see you there!

Shean Pao

It is official! The Feather and the Moon Well will be published by WordFire Press in March, 2016.

It’s possible we will be launching the book along with the David Farland Discovery Program at FanX Comic Con in Utah, but details are still pending.


Shean Pao hCover of Elah's Pearlas a gifted writing talent that allowed her to compose one of the most beautiful short story out there. Drawing off meticulous and detailed descriptions, she was able to deliver a vivid and theatrical tale of a brave and righteous protagonist who seeks to do what’s right in his world. Elah’s Pearl is the story of Mokole and his brotherhood, the Bohar. Upon being forced to murder his own brother, the supposed Pearl of Elah, a potential ruler in a far future, Mokole explores his options and lingers puzzled as to what to do. Seeking the right path in one of the most important decisions in his life, this story is bound to capture your imagination in a dance for justice.

A moment of epiphany. That is all it took for the protagonist to realize what he was destined to do. This story starts off with a tense action scene. Not your typical action scene though. In the world of Muirru, a race marvellously described as a half amphibian-half human race, individuals can Challenge others. A challenge that consists on a dance battle that couldn’t have been described any more splendidly through impeccable writing than Shean Pao has done. What’s truly remarkable is how the author managed to jump into the story without dillydallying on character introductions. Managing to focus on the essence of the story, the author did an impeccable job at molding this short story into something very complete. Elah’s Pearl also succeeds to depict its characters through their actions and their beliefs. As you read, you learn more about what kind of individual the protagonist is and what he’s dealing with. More than complex, Mokole is shown as a conflicted individual with a strong sense of justice and this was portrayed with great details.

Short as it is, the story still managed to add in a great twist. One that was far from being predictable, yet the perfect choice for this 54 page plot. How do you not wish for more after reading a story this well told? Elah’s Pearl is a short story set in a fictional fantasy world that is sure to plunge you in a universe you never imagined. Set sail into Mokole’s destiny as he ponders on his brother’s life. A life that others wonder if worth the slavery of thousands. This is definitely a quick must-read. Shean Pao is without doubt an author to follow.

Yours truly,


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The Feather and the Moon Well

Writing a book is an agonizing process. First there is writing it! That can take years, depending on your circumstances. Then the rewrites, the critiquing, the rewrites, the beta-reads, the rewrites, the edits, more rewrites, proof reading, more rewrites. Seriously, I’m not kidding.

So when you have other people involved who are going to be creating the ‘face’ of your baby, things can get a bit emotional.

Enter WordFire Press, the publisher of my debut novel, The Feather and the Moon Well. I have to say, what a splendid job they did in creating the cover of my baby. It is elegant, mysterious and just outright beautiful. Google Fantasy Book Covers if you don’t believe me. You will see a plethora of hideous book covers, none of which make me want to pick up to discover the contents. And isn’t that the very point of a book cover? If it doesn’t intrigue you, it isn’t doing its job.

Thank you WordFire Press, for giving the face of my baby a great start in its new life. I am forever grateful.


Yellow feather

Well I have some terrifically fun news to tell!

I just received my signed contract from WordFire Press. It’s official! WordFire Press is a hybrid-indy press. Which means that The Feather and the Moon Well will be available on, Barnes and Noble online, and all the usual outlets for online e-published books. I’ve been told that my book should be available in August, but I will be updating the release as we move along.

WordFire’s next step is to create a cover, mine was not acceptable apparently, LOL – and then they will do a final proof and typeset the book.


What’s even more terrific, is that my editor, Dave Farland has decided to create a program called Dave Farland Discoveries. I am to be the first author in that program! Dave Farland is himself, a NYT best-selling and award-winning author. He has taught and mentored writers like Stephanie Meyer (Twilight), James Dashner (Maze Runner) and Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time). He has been teaching writing for many years and I am beyond honored to be picked by him to be the first in his program.

This means he will be pushing my book into far more avenues than I could have done on my own. He will be facilitating with or mentoring me on things like, blog tours, sending my book out to book contests, including me in book bundles, and garnering magazine and newspaper reviews.

He’s also already harping on me to complete my next book. Just like an editor!

It’s exciting, and believe me, I have pinch marks all over my arm! They hurt! I guess I am not dreaming for once. It’s a great feeling to have. I am thanking the Lord for all of my blessings right now.

I think it’s going to be a very fun year!

Posted on February 3, 2015 .
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