Hi, I’m Shelly Immel, and I started The Big Life Project. This short video will tell you why. The Bio below should cover the rest.
Obligatory Bio Blurb
I grew up in an artistic family on a cattle ranch in the Texas Hill Country, then hopped back and forth as a student between Georgetown (Texas), West Germany, the UK and Japan before settling in Houston with my husband. Twenty years later, I work part-time at our company Obsidian. It keeps a roof over our heads and, more important in Houston, keeps the air conditioner humming. This allows me time to write and my husband time for a Big Life in theater at Obsidian Art Space.
I am more likely to enjoy a weekend in nature than a weekend in a city. I have a deep soft spot for really big trees; I enjoy climbing them with ropes. I still dream of my childhood cat. (He was born in my bed. Some bonds last forever.) And I still dream occasionally in German, though my speaking skills are rusty after 20 years back in the U.S.
I met my husband Tom Stell in my first year of college. I still see one of my college roommates almost every week. I enjoy reading, eating fresh whole foods, light-weight gardening and music. A dance class lurks in my near future. (It’s been a long time since social dance classes in college.) I have a shop and fully intend to practice welding until I can lay down a smooth, straight bead every time…someday.
Three years ago after (mostly) recovering from a chronic illness, I picked up a pen and started writing fiction. I’ve written several novels to date and am currently revising for publication. Writing is my greatest creative outlet—a huge part of Living Big for me.
In my fiction, as in real life, I am fascinated with how people create meaning for themselves, how they find and follow their passions, how they live life to the fullest— especially how they get there from a place of failure or despair.
I plan to publish For Love of Darkness and of Light, the first book in a series, in 2014.
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