Hello, there! Thanks for stopping by my storytelling website. I've got hundreds of stories to tell for listeners of all ages. I'm professionally trained having earned an MA from East Tennessee State University in performance art with over twenty years as a performing artist.
My first stint at storytelling was in third grade. My teacher noticed me daydreaming the back and asked if I could see the board. On impulse, I answered 'no, ma'am.' That led me to convince everyone I was losing my sight until I got caught in the lie at the school picnic. My beautiful mother was furious and sent me straight home to purgatory. I learned to be truthful, but I never stopped telling stories.
Everybody knows kids love stories, and I love to perform for them. Be they folk and fairytales, legends, or myths, my ragbag is filled to the brim with perfect stories for special events, parent/teacher meetings, and fundraisers. My degree credentials me to teach and I've discovered storytelling is an exquisite teaching tool. I love nothing better than helping students express their own stories.
In this photo, I'm Nana Noel...
But there's so much more to this spoken word art form than telling to our beloved children. It turns out adults love the release of sitting in an audience listening to a story performance or sitting outside by a fire sharing yarns.
Since it became necessary to shelter in place, I've changed where and how I tell stories. As an oral tradition storyteller who thrives on eye contact, telling stories into a microphone for audio or even video conferencing with no audience feels strange, but to get my stories heard, I use the tools at hand!
Right now, I'm polishing the Live Oak's Story for Tallahassee's first Live Oak Trail since the 1940s. Our town, once home to the indigenous Apalachee Indians, was built out of a dense forest cover. Almost every building was constructed of fast-burning oak and pine. In 1943 Tallahassee burned down - every building and all of the trees which shaded them were destroyed. The replanting of this beautiful place and its heritage oaks fell to members of the Tallahassee Garden Club. Stay tuned for updates on this story and when it will be aired.
My latest book, Danger on Roan Mountain comes out in the fall of 2020. Published by Southern Yellow Pine Publishing, this Romantic Suspense novel is the second in a series of three. My books are available on both Amazon.com and also at www.SYPPUBLISHING.com
We all need stories. In point of fact, storytelling may well be our first mode of communication as human beings! A well-told story has the power to heal our pain, bring joy in times of trouble, and sometimes, change. In listening to the mesmerizing voice of a well-trained storyteller audience members find themselves transported to other times and places.
The ability to entertain is essential to any good speaker's success. Audiences love to be distracted, they like to laugh or feel chills trilling up and down their spines. most of all, they want to forget their troubles and leave their present circumstances behind.
That's the job of a storyteller.
Storytelling is my first love, both in spoken word and on the written page and I know better than to tamper with the essentials. Every good story requires a beginning, middle, and end but it's more than that. To be interesting and hold our attention, a good storyteller provides variations in tone of voice appropriate gestures and yes - eye contact. I am pleased to offer my services as a storyteller at www.saundrakelley.com
Open your heart and let healing begin.
Sometimes storytellers just have to write their stories down for folks to read!