I am born and raised in a small town on the south-western edge of the Washington coast. A small town called South Bend. I have done many travels in the states throughout my life, went to college in Eastern Washington and traveled the PNW, but I have still ended up right where I started.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
The greatest thing about this small area is the seclusion, sometimes having to drive an hour just to get a few things for the house can be annoying. But I am constantly surrounded by the Olympic Temperate rainforest and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. I have come to love the coastal life so much and don’t think I will ever part from it.
What turns you on creatively?
I know that I am a very creative writer, no matter how hard I try to be serious or write something non fiction, the way that I write will never stop. I tried news writing in college and it was a constant fight because news writing doesn’t like personable and creative thoughts. I stopped trying to land those jobs, knowing that creative writing makes me happiest, to let my mind flow in ways that don’t even make sense sometimes are my best works. I come up with my most creative works in moments, usually when something strikes me while out in nature or a simple moment while holding my boyfriend’s hand while we’re covered in paint from our days endeavors. I think of ways to describe beauty and describe my thoughts, something that will help someone better understand what in feeling and what in seeing. When I sit down and write a whole piece, it never works if I plan it out, it must be in the moment. But I like candlelight, relaxing and music, a nice cup of tea and to be alone to help my mind continue to flow naturally.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
My favorite word is such a hard question because I try not to use too many of the same words, I try my hardest to avoid having a favorite. But I still end up using the word spirit in a lot of my writing. I consider myself a very spiritual person, constantly meditating and writing about the beauty of mother earth, it always seems to fit for the word I’m looking for.
What is your pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve are things that should be simple but are not at all. Even the smallest thing, like opening a box or something that should be incredibly simple but it is covered with tape and staples or something that is totally unnecessary. Or doing a task on the internet that requires a ton of other steps and not easy to use processes that make no sense! So many little things that should be so simple but I cannot figure out makes me so mad and I just usually give up to avoid being further frustrated.
What defines Shawntelle Moncy?
I guess thing that would define me as a person is always seeking a new adventure or else I will forever be dissatisfied without seeing some new trail. I love music, I have always been good at instruments but struggle to keep to one of them so I can fully learn it. Current instrument is the guitar. I am obsessed with incense, candles, essential oils and crystals. Currently striving to learn more about our universe and things like tarot, runes and the moon. I try to do yoga and meditate every day and use mantras to tell my mind constantly that I am grateful for each new day. I am vegan, I love red wine and my animals. I am a total romantic, but most creative writers are. I must write everything down to further understand it, to call myself down or to escape from my own reality, I must always be writing with a mechanical pencil that takes .9 lead, which apparently isn’t around as much anymore. And I own a blog that you should all check out because no matter how hard I convince myself that I need to calm down and get a 9-5 job, it never satisfies me. I want to be travelling always and so in hoping that, that blog, my writing and photography can help that happen for me. It’s never too late to dream so high.