Shelah L. Maul
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Who I am:
Hi, I’m Shelah— a speech/language pathologist, author, wife, nature lover, zumba and yoga enthusiast, reiki practitioner, health foodie, and curious investigator of life. Since the time I was old enough to remember, I have been intrigued by the process of discovery. I have identified with the spirit of a detective, following clues that lead to hidden insights, grand realizations, or a final unfolding.

In fact, when I was a child the only books that spoke to or inspired me were those about mysteries and adventure—Sherlock Holmes being my favorite at the time. The games I loved to play with my siblings, and then later with the neighborhood kids I frequently babysat, were always some variation of a treasure hunt. I loved writing the clues, hiding them, and watching as they excitedly ran around the yard knowing that each clue brought them closer to the prize I had hidden.

These weren’t just games of my childhood. The first year my husband and I were together I celebrated his birthday by hiding clues all around his house, each one leading to a small birthday present, and the final one leading him to a restaurant where I was waiting. I knew he really understood me when his marriage proposal was preceded by a series of riddles and slips of paper that led me to our Saturday afternoon spot by a lake.

Education/Career

My formal education is in Communication Sciences & Disorders, a field in which I have obtained a M.S. degree from Penn State University. I work full-time with nonverbal pre-school children with multiple disabilities and also elementary students with speech/language impairments, syndromes, intellectual disabilities, health impairments, and/or autistic characteristics.

If I had wanted a career where I felt competent all the time or like I had mastered something, this would not have been a good choice for me. Thankfully, I bring to the task my love of the unfolding—the willingness, desire, and curiosity to participate in facilitating baby steps in a disabled child’s self-discovery. I have been humbled, broadened, stretched, and have felt my limitations. Through it I have learned that reaching beyond these limitations— to be truly present in the process— is where the real journey begins. It’s exhilarating. Because of this, I know it’s a path where I belong.

I hope to connect with other fellow detectives in this world—those who have a mind and heart that is inherently curious— and those who are strangely compelled to follow clues in search of a big reward.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
My author website is www.shelahmaul.com. This is where you can find information about my debut work of nonfiction, Hausa Blues. The book is complete. I intended to self-publish in November 2014, but a literary agency outside of NYC expressed interest in possibly promoting it to traditional publishers. I just turned in a 64 page book proposal and am now waiting....again. :)

You can also connect with me at my wordpress.org blog @ www.theopenjar.com. This is the platform where I write about insights, culture, spirituality, relationships, and women's issues. I also am happy to host author reviews/interviews on my blog so just reach out if you're interested in being featured.

Finally, I'm on facebook, but truthfully I need to get more active on there. Find me here: www.facebook.com/theopenjar
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Hausa Blues (pending publication)
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
www.theopenjar.com
Services I offer to other writers:
I am happy to write reviews on amazon, goodreads etc. for authors in exchange for a free copy of their book, article, or other publication. I'm also happy to host author interviews/spotlights on my blog.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Frederick Writers' salon
I found out about She Writes from:
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At 11:38am on May 14, 2015, Susan Hughes said…

Hello Shelah

Thanks so much for the blog follow and friendship and for your lovely comments about the silk postcards. You made my day! They are really beautiful but it's what they symbolise that inspired me. Heading over to your blog to check out your debut work. Glad to make the connection.

At 10:13am on May 14, 2015, Loraine Van Tuyl said…

Loved reading your profile!  How could I go about joining your strong female protagonist group?  I hope that my memoir Amazon Wisdom Keeper qualifies where I am the trailblazer bringing holistic healing into very traditional clinical psychology settings that like to pathologize rather than using symptoms and pain as guide posts of wisdom for healing.

At 11:06am on February 13, 2015, Mona AlvaradoFrazier said…

Thank you, Shelah. I enjoyed reading your 'corner.'

At 10:26am on February 13, 2015, Ashley Moss said…

Thanks for checking out my blog, it means a lot to me.

At 8:36pm on February 12, 2015, Rona Simmons said…

Shelah

A SheWrites hello to you, too.  Actually though I have only one NEW release, my first traditionally published novel has now been out in the market for a little over a year!

I'm still finding my way around and trying to see how I can fit time in for one more community! Who invented social media anyway?  Any tips on how to make the most of SW? I like that there's as much interaction as there is writing/blogging,or at least it seems that way.

At 1:58pm on February 12, 2015, Deborah J. Brasket said…

Hi Shelah, thank you on comment about my blog. Building audience is all about building relationships (you've probably heard that before, but it's true). I just try to respond to every comment I get and also visit the blogs of people who comment or follow me, and leave comments in return. Being Freshly Pressed also helped a lot. I probably wouldn't have half the follows I now have without that.

At 8:22pm on February 5, 2015, Paige Adams Strickland said…

The perspectives of foreign adoptees and "modern" adoptees in open relationships w the birth mother differ somewhat.  Since mine was so old-school and closed, there was a lot of secrecy and shame attached.  We were told that someone loved us so much that we were "chosen" and "lucky", but as we grew up, came to realize that something very unfortunate must have happened to force the adoption / relinquishment to begin with. Someone else wasn't so lucky. It must be really rough for foreign-born adoptees who live in the USA now.  They have nearly no way to find their original birth family or history.  Book one is published and up for sale via Amazon and Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble.  (Akin to the Truth: A Memoir of Adoption and Identity).  Book 2 will be at least another year or two.

At 10:04pm on February 4, 2015, Paige Adams Strickland said…

I am an adoptee who searched and found my birth relatives.  It was a huge stigma back in my day, (known in the adoption community as the Baby-Scoop Era), to be either a birth parent or an adopted person.  Now they make TV shows about it, but then it was a shame to be in this situation.  So I did my research still back before computers, Internet and all the "popularity" that being a "baby-momma / daddy" has now.  Many states in the US are now in debate over adoption records being sealed forever, (still!) or becoming opened as the adoptees turn 21.  In my state, (Ohio), we are having an "Opening Day" on March 20th of this year. (as long as the birth parent has not put in an addendum opposing).  I wanted to share what it was like to grow up with the stigma and shame of being an adopted kid back in the 1960s-80s and what it felt like to search and find.  My sequel book is about life as an adopted adult.  Being adopted, even after finding your family is never "over".  It's just in another form.  

At 8:39am on February 4, 2015, Joan Schweighardt said…

Hi Shelah, good to connect with you. Your profile is quite beautiful. I love yoga too, and while I never studied Reiki, I did study energy healing. And I have lots of experience working people with disabilities.

I have a novel  coming out in May. Any chance I can send you a pdf for a possible review? I think given what you've written about yourself that it may be the kind of novel that you would enjoy. 

Best,

Joan

At 2:37am on February 4, 2015, Pankaj Sharma said…

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