A LETTER from the PUBLISHER
I discovered my love of reading from an early age.
I still remember reading Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls and how deeply as a child those two hound
dogs tore my heart out. I cried for days. I look back and see how reading books has lead to my passion for writing, editing and creating books.
During my twenties, I fell in love with great literature. Jane Eyre inspired my heart. The Good Earth revealed a new culture. Crime and Punishment lead me to understand the true meaning of redemption. Great Expectations helped me comprehend the real meaning behind illusions.
Later, I began to read gifted women writers like Phyllis Theroux, Alice Munro, Alice Hoffman, Luanne Rice, Marianne Williamson, Julie Cameron, Louise Hay, and Florence Scovel Shinn that inspired my soul through fiction and narrative non fiction. These are just a few of authors that inspired my soul to find peace, happiness and hope, by learning about characters with problems to solve, to why we must return to love.
I named this boutique book press MANGO JANE after JANE EYRE, my first favorite book and Mangoes because I am a lover of fruit, especially mangoes. And honestly, I couldn’t shake the name out of my head. Each time I said the name, I found myself smiling, with a certain ease. I hope you love Mango Jane Books, too. So, be ready to unplug, find solace, awaken the mind through the written word.
What’s my thing? Besides Mangoes & books? I am passionate about happiness and uncovering little moments of joy each day. I love smelling my coffee as I press it each morning before my breathing exercises. Afterward, I love to sit in the sunshine with my dogs and cats and drink-up the quiet moments in the early morning. I love to read a thousand different things at once, and then finish each book in a cozy corner of my bedroom as I sip tea leisurely in the evening.
I love to uncover new authors in the world of fiction and non-fiction. Right now, I am finishing a Haruki Marakumi book. It’s been a slow, brilliant read that keeps me thinking, “I wonder who is ringing the bell in the woods? What is the point of this man’s journey to live in this house alone in the mountains? Who is the faceless man in the beginning? Could that be a foreshadow to the neighbor who commissions the painting later in the book?
It’s good to unwind, take your shoes off and turn off your phone or at least crack open a real book (however, my 19 year old son reads dozens of books on his cell phone.) and get away from it all. I love a lot of things. But most of all, I love what reading books has done to shape my well-being, which created a my future life that I am now currently living. Reading has helped me redirect my emotions, channel them and understand how to manage life better when circumstances can change unexpectedly. This is why I opened my own independent small book press so I can share my love for inspirational and literary classics, voices of new exciting authors and my love for the writing word.
Lets make 2020 golden together.
Machel Shull (Ma-shel)
Publisher of MANGO JANE BOOKS.
*This small press is an umbrella business for my books, plus literary classical fiction and non fictional reads revamped with a whimsical, modern day appeal, along with annotated introductions, plus inspiring new highlighted quotes and illustrations.