• TaraShannon

Crunch Time for Rabbit!

It's time to dig in and get this project fully funded and ready to go come September 25th!!!

I'm so excited that we've hit the under 30 day mark for this campaign!

A friend of mine who hosts a great weekly podcast called, The Nancy Duffy Show, suggested I do videos showing me drawing Rabbit. Nancy also suggested I write about what influenced my work. This one's easy -Fall! (Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/v28MU9GOzCM

Fall is almost here. It's my favourite time of year. I know many find it sad to see the summer season come to an end. It signals back to school, back to routine and back to cold weather -- BUT! I love it when the air gets cooler and the leaves change colour. Call me weird but I think all of that is wonderful. It's exciting and I can sense a kind of magical change in the air when fall hits. And, right now, with the little bit of chill that has hit the air in my part of the world, I'm really finding a sense of excitement building.

Fall also reminds me of how my life has changed and how lucky and grateful I am to be here. Like trees in autumn, I had to let go of what was weighing me down. I had to find what gave my life colour and I had to take time to rest and regroup. It took time. Much more time than the few months it takes to shift from fall, winter and spring. I went into deep hibernation. When I began to emerge into the new season of my life, I was brand new. It's not easy to let go. Believe me there were many things I didn't want to let go of... my parents mainly and the idea of the person I was before the cancer. What I found; I still had memories of my parents and the lessons they taught me and I was also still me. Just, I think, a better version. At the very least a stronger more resilient version of me. I now know what I want, much more confidently than I did before (and equally what I don't want) and I'm going after it. Rabbit is a very big part of that.

Speaking of Rabbit...

It's crunch time for Rabbit! Can you feel it?! Maybe it's just me, lol. Rabbit is my baby of course but I'm more than certain that each of you, my treasured backers, feels a bit of excitement too.

If I haven't mentioned it before, here it is again -- this project and your help with it, means the world to me. xo ~ Tara

P.S. ***I'll be sending out another Press Release on September 10th, after the rush of *Back to School* and a return to *Routine* has had a chance to once again settle into our lives. The Book of Rabbit, via @Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thebookofrabbit/the-book-of-rabbit


Haldimand, ON: Cancer Survivor Launches 

Kickstarter Campaign 

-- and she needs your help!


This already warmly received series of lovely sketches and thoughtful text about a 

curious rabbit who asks simple questions and receives meaningful answers has launched on Kickstarter! 


"There is something so captivating and raw in the simplicity of your drawings, a dream-like quality. The words you choose to 

accompany said drawings are perfect! I see this as a book I’d love to read my children." - A. Purdham, Canada Writes


"This is not a children’s book. This is an Everyone Book. Put that line into your pitches. I will buy several. Looking forward..." 

- Sharon McMullan-Baron, Canada Writes 


Tara plans to raise enough funds to publish a children's book, that's really not just for kids, it's for everyone. The idea for the book came to 

Tara one day, born from her experiences with cancer, the loss of her parents, miscarriage and her ongoing battle with mental illness. Her 

drawings and writing quickly built a following through Canada Writes, a writing group on Facebook (sponsored by CBC Books). She never 

would have thought or dreamed of herself as an illustrator - or that she would launch a campaign on Kickstarter, but here she is, eager to see where life will lead her next! 


Tara Shannon is a freelance writer and an aspiring author with a degree in English and History from Brescia College at Western University. She was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario but now splits her time between her home in Haldimand County and her cottage on 

Manitoulin Island(and Ireland, as much as she can!!) 


The Book of Rabbit is dedicated to all of those that Tara has loved and lost, including Rhylan, the inspiration for Rabbit.


Helping Tara on her journey is professional illustrator, P.A. LewisMacDougal. Pat Ann has, for over a decade, applied her skills in the 

Story Arts as a Freelancer. From illustrating in the children's publishing industry to story boarding for children's animated television and 

everything in between. Pat Ann will assist Tara in making Rabbit come to life on the page, creating a book that will surely become a classic and must have addition toanyone's bookshelf. https://www.pat-ann.com


For more information on Tara Shannon or to donate to her Kickstarter Campaign please visit:


Instagram & Facebook: @tarashannonwrites 


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