From lightning strike to literary heights: An inspiring odyssey into children’s literature and aspiring animation

LAS CRUCES, NM, December 12, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Susan Shining-Star, AKA Shining-Star, a disabled retired senior citizen, has defied the odds and emerged as the creative force behind the enchanting children’s book series, “Backyard Homestead Adventures,” featuring the lovable Sunny Stella.

Surviving a life-altering encounter with lightning more than 20 years ago, Susan has harnessed an indomitable spirit that fuels her latest venture. The Sunny Stella Series aims to take its place alongside iconic children’s characters such as Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Cabbage Patch Dolls, captivating the hearts and imaginations of young readers.

“Backyard Homestead Adventures,” the inaugural installment in this delightful series, presents 12 standalone adventures that transport children into the world of Sunny Stella. Through engaging narratives, each of the 12 adventures encourage young minds to explore, learn, and embrace the wonders of the world around them.

Beyond the written word, Susan’s resilience and creativity shine as she reveals her future plans for an upcoming series of animated YouTube videos. Sunny Stella’s adventures are set to come to life in a captivating visual format, promising to bring joy and entertainment to children worldwide.

The Sunny Stella Series not only marks a triumph over personal challenges but also stands as a testament to the power of storytelling to inspire and connect generations. Susan invites readers of all ages to embark on this delightful journey where imagination knows no bounds.

To learn more about Susan, Sunny Stella and her “Backyard Homestead Adventures,” visit Susan’s website at For media inquiries, review copies, or interview requests, please contact Susan via email: [email protected]

Susan, or as her friends call her, “Shining-Star,” has spent nearly five decades studying and working with various teachers. She holds a doctorate in Ministry with a focus on Spiritual Formation & Soul Care, complemented by Master’s degrees in Adult Education (Holistic Health) and Human Services (Gerontology). With a background deeply rooted in spirituality, she spent years embracing a lifestyle like her ancestors.

However, a life-altering injury forced her to move into a city far removed from the simplicity she once cherished. Now, more than 20 years later, disabled and retired, Susan draws from her life experiences to create the Sunny Stella Series. Her journey, marked by resilience and creativity as a modern-day homesteader, is an inspiration to readers of all ages.

Susan has a mission to share the things she knows with others, teach people how to take care of the Earth, grow closer to the Creator, and find more joy, peace, and meaning in their lives.

Aside from writing, she is busy creating a Backyard Oasis Homestead, a special place where she and others can connect with nature and enjoy her sanctuary. She’s not alone at her homestead – she has a service dog, along with ducks and rabbits as her special companions!

You can join Susan on her Facebook page, “Backyard Oasis Homestead Living.” There, she lets people check out the projects she’s doing, learn about the books and articles she writes, and peek into her life with her special companions.

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