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Legends of Fóstra
Shae Ryan Mowry was born on October 4th, 1992, in Round Rock, Texas. His father, Ethan Charles Mowry, and mother, Fahra Jeannette Mowry, had given birth to fraternal twins. Ethan Blane Mowry and Shae spent the early years of their life visiting extended family and enjoying the warm temperatures of San Antonio. Soon Nathan R. Mowry and Emily M. Mowry were added to the family, and the Mowry’s moved to Springfield, Missouri. Autumn B. Mowry was added to the growing roster of the Mowry clan and life was well. It was here that Shae’s love for fiction began.
Shae first saw the Fellowship of the Ring when he was ten years old. He was terrified. He spent that first night with dreams of being brutally murdered by a Ringwraith. His twin, Blane, would stay up the entire night with Shae to protect him from the nightmares. After the first night, Shae overcame his fear of The Lord of the Rings and grew to love it. It was not uncommon to find him and his brothers playing with the neighborhood kids, pretending to be a Jedi or making humorous home movies. Many hours were also spent alone in his room, imagining worlds and stories with his Bionicles and other toys. There was even one day, after a very interesting dream, that Mowry tried to write a book. His mother encouraged his creativity, appreciated it. She allowed him to spend long hours exploring nearby lands and forests with nothing but his imagination, a construction worker’s stick as his sword, and valor in his heart. The young Shae slew many orcs in those days.
School had always been a problem, however. Having been born dead and suffering brain damage due to the lack of oxygen, Shae struggled in writing, speech, grammar, and math. He had been placed in Resource class for extra help, and the other kids made fun of him for it. Being referred to as, “retarded,” was not uncommon during grade school. Athleticism was something Mowry lacked as well, further ostracizing him from peers. Insecure and convinced he was forever unintelligent, Mowry never thought he would achieve anything worthy of remembrance. He would never be like the heroes he enjoyed and looked up to. In his young perception, Shae figured his brothers had been given all the gifts of athleticism and intelligence, leaving him with nothing. His mother, always loving, encouraged him that he did have gifts, but Shae was too defeated to see. Through this, he learned to find solitude in the only place he was truly a hero, his imagination.
Post-graduation, Mowry continued to work on his books while pursuing teaching jobs in Kentucky. His mother’s cancer returned during his college days, but the family held onto the faith that it would be healed again. It did not, and Mowry lost the first woman to ever truly believe in him on April 10th, 2016. The loss of his biggest supporter hit Mowry profoundly, shattering his worldview and leaving him to try and pick up the pieces. In reaction to the loss, Mowry wrote his second novel, Whispers of Dawn.
Mowry is now living in northern Kentucky with his loving wife and teaching high school. In his spare time, he continues to write his stories and manage Mistwood Publishing, with the memory of his loving mother driving him forward. Mowry has started writing his fourth novel as the second and third are edited, copyrighted, and produced. The first novel, "The Silvan Mist" is available here at our online shop. Readers can expect Mowry’s second book to be released in the fall of 2018. There is expected to be a book release every year in his beautifully imagined world, Legends of Fóstra, till 2026.
Middle school would continue the pattern of bullying, but it would also usher in friendship and overcoming determination. It was during these years that Mowry met his friend, Stephen Sanders and determined to ignore the doubters. Sanders would grow to become Shae’s best friend and ally, showing Shae that other people who enjoyed the same things. Sanders and Mowry would spend many hours playing Lord of the Rings video games and going to church events together. Middle school was also when Mowry decided to try to get out of special education, though it would not come till high school. Through these years, Mowry’s creativity continued to flourish.
High school was a mixed bag for Mowry. He tested out of special education, found a level of athleticism on the Kickapoo Swim Team, and developed the philosophy that work ethic determined someone’s path in life more than innate intelligence. But, happiness would not last, the Mowry’s moved states minutes after his All-Conference Swimming meet. Saying goodbye to his swimming mates and Stephen will remain a dark memory for Mowry for the rest of his life. The Mowry clan moved to Steven’s Point, Wisconsin. A cold and gloomy place filled with a culture that the Mowry’s would never fit into.
Wisconsin would serve as the place where the last Mowry would be born, Noah J. Mowry, and the messenger of his mother’s breast cancer. In the midst of his mother’s horrid battle with cancer, and the doctors telling her to abort Noah, there was refuge found. Good News Fellowship Church and Pastor Mathew Mallek would serve as a beacon of light in a suffocating abyss of sorrow. In school, the bullying of young Shae would reach new heights. Persecuted for his morals, Mowry was physically and verbally bullied on a daily basis, causing him to draw deeper into the only place he could truly find solace, fiction. His junior year of high school, Mowry got a job at a Wendy’s to pay for himself to go to private school. During this year of reprieve, Noah would be born, and Fahra healed without any medical assistance, relieving the Mowry’s of a great deal of worry. During the coming school year, he relished in the warm friendship of Daniel Mallek, Nathan Mallek, and others. Over the summer Shae read over ten R.A. Salvatore novels in two months, the talented author giving birth to Shae’s dream of writing his own stories.
His senior year of high school would take place in the public school, but by then Mowry was confident in who he was. When he graduated in 2011, Mowry was ready for college. Shae R. Mowry attended school at Olivet Nazarene University thanks to the loving charity and determination of his father, Ethan Mowry. There he spent many hours reading the works of his favorite author, J.R.R. Tolkien on his favorite bench outside Chapman Hall. To this day, Mowry treasures the memories of reading The Fellowship of the Ring for the first time with the autumn leaves falling around him. It was in his first semester there that Mowry purchased a notebook and began to write down his developing ideas. He made pleasant memories and friends aplenty, even meeting his eventual wife, Sarah K. High, at the Dairy Queen across the street. Mowry’s dreams of writing continued to flourish as he became best friends with Sarah. Many hours of talking and watching The Office together led to the two growing in love and starting a relationship. May 17th, 2014 the two were happily married. In 2014, with the love and support of his wife, Mowry wrote the first draft of his first novel, The Silvan Mist. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education and a minor in English Education. The boy who had struggled with writing his entire life had graduated with a certification to teach English and had already written a novel.