Life is Not A Fairy Tale. Or is it?

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In the fairy tales of my childhood, characters found their way to the “happily ever after” through bravery and imagination. Since growing up, I’ve realized how much courage it takes to use active, focused imagination to answer deeper questions like Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose and meaning of my life?

For me, the Storyteller archetype is a protective figure – a wise elder who knows the power of thoughts, the vulnerabilities of being truthful, and the aloneness of existence. She also understands that stories can change people, heal shame, free us from fear, ease our suffering and restore our sense of worth.

In my Tales of Enchantment, the Old Gypsy Storyteller creates folkloric stories that brim with life truths. As she travels the “road to paradise” her fanciful tales speak in a symbolic way. I love the way she gives animals and objects touch of magic and wonder  She bridges the realities of my inner Self to my search for wholeness, truth, beauty, love and goodness in the outer world.

Now that you know my motivation for creating this book, you might like to try a one page or even one paragraph fairy tale from your own life and use this altered-point-of-view. In the book Your Life as Story by Tristine Rainer, the author tells us that stories are created from three essential ingredients. We intuitively know this structure is true for telling stories from our lived experience as well. Most of us are familiar with a beginning, middle and conclusion arrangement and my Old Gypsy Storyteller has made use of this in her tales.

Here are the steps.

Something happened so that a person (a little girl, a little boy, a woman, an old man – he or she) had a problem and a need. I found it helpful to use the third person to temporarily step back from real life.

As the person pursued his or her need, a struggle ensued.

And in the end the person changed with a realization.

Your turn! Just begin, Once upon a time…



Hard copies of The Storyteller: True Tales of Enchantment have arrived! Visit the books page to purchase your autographed copy.



A Gift for Mom

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The Storyteller: True Tales of Enchantment
by Kathie Sutherland

I have the perfect gift idea for your Mom and I don’t even know her! My new book of Elder Tales is just the right gift for the mature woman. I’m confident she’ll enjoy The Storyteller: True Tales of Enchantment. Do you know why? Because she’ll recognize her own elder wisdom.

Your Mom has experienced a range of emotions, dealt with life’s ups and downs, loved her husband and family through thick and thin, and learned from it all. Each of us has an inner Fairy Godmother, an old Witch, a Heroine and a Storyteller within us. These are mythic characters from the classic Fairy Tale. That’s why The Storyteller is a perfect gift for your Mom! She’ll understand!. 

The simple, entertaining stories in this book are symbolic Elder Tales inspired by my life experience. I’ve reached a stage of understanding common to many older women – one in which I recognize my values, my traditions, my beliefs, and the roles I’ve played. More importantly, I’ve glimpsed the authentic being I am. I see the virtues, values and strengths I have and your Mom can too. Together, we can look back and celebrate our common wisdom.

These Elder Tales are time-honoured wisdom stories similar to those from other cultures, which is another reason your Mom will enjoy them. She will be able to relate to their universal truths.  

The Storyteller: True Tales of Enchantment is available only in ebook format at this time and I’ve provided links to websites that carry it. 

Hard copies will be available soon. I’d be happy to add you to my order list if your Mom prefers a “real” author-signed book! Just visit my contact page and leave me a note.