wild & quiet stories : my books

In a world of sharp edges and unexpected sounds,
books kept her soft for dreaming ...

My daughter is an athlete. We rely on fundraising to purchase sports resources, travel to events, and cover other costs. Anyone donating to our fund will receive an ebook of their choice solely as a thank you gift for their donation. No profit is made, all donations go into the fundraising account and are used specifically for the purposes of the fund. Furthermore, donations do not support the generation of income. 

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Donations of $6.00 may choose from one of the following options ...

Deep In The Far Away.

New revised and extended edition.

Emma's husband has brought her to the beautiful countryside of Linden Cove to recover from a mysterious illness. But as she gets stronger, Emma is drawn into murmurs and old, uncertain memories of sorrow. What are the echoes that haunt the hills and her own heart? And what is it about the sea-fretted breeze that so frightens her husband?

This novel is a eco-hearted fantasy, a love story, and a mystery. The theme of love and sacrifice resonates throughout as layers of secrets and sorrows are explored.

You can view the pinterest board for Deep in the Far Away here.

The print volume is currently SOLD OUT but the ebook is still available.

"Amazing, heart breaking, soul searing." - Raquel Somatra

"I am so in love with this! Can't wait for the next installment ... your writing is always just gorgeous. It reads like poetry." - Kelly Letky.

"I do love your writing style - it feels like you're telling fairytales - that's how I sometimes view your writing - fairytale-like, wistful and full of wonder." - Lissa.

"I'm currently re-reading this book, and again it takes my breath away. It's so so beautiful, and it makes me want to slow down my day and see all the beauties in it." - Goodreads Review

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Suburban Magic

This is a series of six essays on the magic which lingers in our modern world. Meadow dreamer, river dragon, black-eyed bunyip, and more ... we meet with old wild spirits and listen to their songs at the edge of our pavements, at the bottom of our gardens.

The essays are sent to your inbox in a format made easy for printing.

"I feel inspired ... you expressed something real and wonderful." - reader feedback

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The Coracle Sky 

This ebook is a collection of twelve stories that drift through strange places and enchanted hearts to find the illumination of love. Each story draws forth the magic, moonlight, and secret wishes that bring a wild weather to our souls.

Wintering ... a young woman in her season of longing learns a dark secret about the moon
A Womanful of Bones ... lost in the forest, a woman finds her soul's purpose
Roses for the Dragon ... the woman who was a monster, and the man who loves her
The Towered Lady ... what happens when you capture the storm
Aftermark ... the children of the bear and the dragon must find a way to weave peace
Sorrowing the Sea ...  a woman stands on the shores of unravelling time
The Sorcerer ... in an old forest tower, beside the sea, a sorcerer is hunting for the heart of the enemy
A Toss of Dreams ... a lonely girl makes the stars from sorrow
Whither ... a tiny story about songlines and silences
The Roots of Water ... a shy-eyed river witch yearns to leave the valley she is bound to protect
Wing, Stone, Song ... holding on to the memory of love amongst the dream dark trees
The Quick & The Undead ... fighting zombies in Victorian times

The book also contains original art and photography, a soundtrack, and notes on the stories.

257 pages.

"I just finished the first story and I'm breathless. So, so beautiful." - Jo.

"Beautiful fairytale like stories. I loved this book."  - Goodreads Review

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A gathering of 17 stories about love and longing, loss and reconciliation, and about the paths we travel through the wild landscapes of earth, heart, and imagination, towards our deepest selves. From a lost princess to a woman searching for broken dreams amongst the wrackline, these stories seek to find the sometimes elusive heart of hope. Contained within are photographs, notes on each story, and a recommended soundtrack.

You can read an excerpt here. 

Hannah ... a mail order bride finds herself in a wild land with a silent husband
Forever After ... the bear's wife beneath the moon
Whelved ... a rendition of the Goose Girl tale
Under Heaven ... a tiny tale of stars over the sea
Laundering ... what the river does for a bruised & sorrowing wife
The Birds of Wicker Lake ... when the migrating birds arrive, other things are lost at Wicker Lake
Captured ... when a hero is captured by a troll, he learns the lovely ways to freedom
Wrack Line ... a woman walks the edge of the sea, gathering shells, trying to let go of her grief
Beautiful Sword ... the Lady of the Woods guides a lost knight on his sacred quest
Witch Woman ... a shy young woman is convinced her upstairs neighbour is a witch
Tracking Wild Poetry ... a young woman goes out into the wild to find her creative heart
The Soldier ... a mother in a moment of war
Fool's Gold ... the weaponry of a woman in a ruined world
The Seduction of the Moon ... a story of forbidden love
The Hunter & The Beloved ... the children of the witch fight each other for love and peace
The Last House Until Forever ... the old woman beside the sea
The Storyteller of Cyriae ... a young woman becomes apprentice to a medicine-tale teller

"The stories are beautifully written, mysterious and magical and sometimes with a delicious little twist which I always enjoy." - reader review.

"Filled with stories that smell of earth and spark like magic." - Stephen Parolini

260 pages.

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The Memory of Light

A book exploring the in-between spaces, the connections and disconnections people experience with each other and with the natural world. In words and photographs, The Memory of Light embraces the longing and love deep within our souls as we journey towards home.

"I am wordless because anyway I describe it cannot capture its profound layering of souls.  That feeling you get when you finish a novel and blink and breathe and realise the world had stopped for a moment, or rather you had stopped while the world went by you and will never see things again in the same light.  That feeling is there in each and every poem." - Artemis Moon

102 pages.


A collection of poems and photography about relationships, the draw of self towards other. This extended version also contains pieces from The Wind Children, which is now out of print.

 "Otherwise is one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a long time, and beyond that, it's one of the most interesting. Poetry books are rarely page turners. This one definitely is. I couldn't put it down. You know, some people can write. Some writers are craftspeople of the written word. Some take it to another level and become spiritual masters of the craft of writing. Sarah Elwell is such a person." - Susan Chambers

147 pages.

These books come in PDF format so you get the full benefit of imagery and format. (Need Adobe Reader? You can download it for free here.)

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Reader reviews of Sarah's writing

"absolutely stunning, heartwarming"

"Sarah Elwell's writing is achingly beautiful and unsettlingly probing."


"incredibly beautiful & moving"

"your writing always leaves me speechless ... breathless ... these are amazing."

"your words are beautifully soft, warm and gentle. I find so much comfort and strength in them."

"wow [Otherwise] is more powerful than a whole YA fiction book"

"simply gorgeous"

"heartfelt and beautiful."

"after reading Driftways I'm left with a feeling that defies explanation (in a good way, lol). It's soulful. I once compared it to the feeling I get after a heartfelt listening of U2's Joshua Tree. That feeling. :)"

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