Shawn Keller Cooper
Shawn Keller Cooper graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in administration of criminal justice and political science. Prior to her concentration on creative writing, she was a journalist, editorial photographer, newspaper editor, and award-winning columnist. Her professional affiliations include Women’s Fiction Writers Association, North Carolina Writers’ Network, Women’s National Book Association, Charlotte chapter, and the Charlotte Writers Club. Her publishing affiliations include Ingram Spark, IndieBound and the Southern Independent Book Alliance. She lives at Lake Norman, North Carolina, with her husband, Jim, their two children, and two cats and a dog.
Drawing Down The Moon
Southern Women's Fiction
Betrayal, lost babies, and terrifying nightmares follow Jade Montgomery to James Island, North Carolina. Damaged and devastated by her third miscarriage and deteriorating marriage, she drives to the strip of sand north of Wilmington to end her life. This was her happy place, the place of childhood vacations and college summers. Desperate for redemption, she walks into the Atlantic seeking solace from her failed pregnancies, unrelenting guilt, and dying spirit. She expected peace as she floated in her watery grave, but in that nanosecond between life and the ever-after she heard a whisper of hope begging her to fight.
In DRAWING DOWN THE MOON, Jade survives her suicide attempt and is befriended by Agnes, a mysterious older woman, who uses her own devastation and mystical Wiccan wisdom to help her discover motherhood does not define womanhood. While still reeling from her breakdown, a forgotten reunion brings estranged sorority sisters back to the island of their college summers before suspicions and secrets separated them for decades.
Jade’s challenge is to uncover her authentic self, confront her demons, and find joy in the journey. This is a story of resilience, finding courage regardless of fear, and accepting that our life never unfolds as we imagine. It celebrates the feminine connection and the tenacity, humor, and spirit needed to uplift each other through the triumphs and tragedies of life.