Shanaya Fastje


Liberated from conformity by a mischievous desire to create

Shanaya, at nineteen, is an eccentrically eloquent writer extraordinaire and aficionado of story-telling. With a boundless nonconforming imagination and special perception of her surroundings, Shanaya is inclined to incite multifarious emotional responses in her audience through enthralling narratives. Her work evokes awareness of common tribulations among society in a way that will stir a craving for deeper connections with each other and with what may lie beyond us. Being profoundly inspired by mythology, symbolism, and how works of art in any form can be translated, Shanaya’s writing is ambiguous, spirited by humanity’s complexities and the vastness of Creation. Ms. Fastje’s broad range of talent surpasses the impression of average.
Her career set in motion at a very young age as a national motivational speaker – speaking with great ardor each time (at venues such as universities and The Queen Mary, to name a few) – she quickly evolved into becoming an international/national award winning author of five books all by the time she was eighteen. At thirteen years old, Shanaya graduated high school with honors and nineteen credits over the requirement in Texas.
Shanaya's long list of extraordinary achievements has been highly praised. She's been awarded by prominent figures including: President Barack Obama, Governor Rick Perry, Mayor John Cook, the city of Burbank California, Latino Literacy Now Intl., and many more.
Dedicated to her craft, Shanaya is immersed in writing her sixth book, a paranormal fantasy novel.
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Phoenix, AZ, USA|English

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Velvet Door Society

For as long as she can remember, Willow has had symbolic dreams about her past, present, and future. As disturbing and accurate as they are, they don’t predict her meeting pale and handsome Evander, her spirit guide, who offers to help her understand why she has these dreams. To succeed, she requires training, but she doesn’t trust him enough to travel with him through other dimensions where her dreams reside. However, when their spirit friends are murdered, she agrees to go with him to find the killer. Their dangerous journey takes them to the center of the universe and the Velvet Door where a dark evil plots to take over the world. Her dreams turn to nightmares, and the future of the human race falls into her inexperienced hands.

June, 1 2016
Bully in the Mirror: Making Hate Stop When You Don't Think You Can

Bullying is everywhere....and so is media coverage of bullying. In recent months, Ladies Home Journal, The Week, Redbook, and New York Times have all run articles on bullying. Episodes of Hannah Montana and Glee have dealt with bullying, and MTC launched a reality TV show called Bully Beatdown in 2009. Even the US Government is concerned; the Department of Health and Human Services has an interactive website dedicated to cyber-bullying. Bully in the Mirror can be a powerful part of the solution. The book blends facts about the negative effects of bullying with the author's views. Since Shanaya is a 13 year old girl who has been bullied, her experiences and those of her friends create an immediate connection with today's kids. Each chapter provides important facts along with tips and exercises Shanaya created. Readers learn how bullies operate and how to stop them in their tracks.

August, 16 2013
Shanaya Fastje
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