Sequoia – a charming short story


Sequoia – a short story


Hi, I’m Max.

I love trees. And I love sequoias more than any other kind of trees. Which led me right into trouble.

Imagine putting your hand on the tree, feeling the rough bark, thinking loving thoughts to it, and then suddenly plunging into darkness. That’s what happened to me. I ended up in a whole forest of sequoias, and in a different time. Getting home was going to be a problem …

I had no idea how big of a problem that was. But I faced a clear challenge and needed a shaman’s help to solve it.

This is a charming little short story, with some time-traveling and shamanic elements. There are also some tongue-in-cheek jokes and funny moments.

Hannah’s thoughts about writing “Sequoia”

This is one of those stories that came to me out of the blue. Total inspiration.

Yes, I was thinking about shamanic ways, and I was studying to become a therapist and coach during this time, and that certainly influenced how I wrote Old Man Bear as well as the lessons that Max has to learn.

The thing that fascinated me most, however, was that Max refused to reveal their gender. I still don’t know it. Which makes writing a blurb a tricky exercise.

And that means I have a question for you:

What gender do you see for Max?
And does it even matter much?

I’d be much obliged if you wrote a comment.

What people say about “Sequoia”:

“This is a brilliant short story. The author has an amazing way of taking the reader on a fantastic journey from one world to another in a short amount of time.”
Shelly Hammond

“If I could describe this lovely short story with just one word, it would be “inspiring.” From page one, it draws you in with fantastic descriptive prose that is poetic and thoughtful.”
American Daughter

“It was a book I did not put down from page one till done […]”
B. Wilder

(Taken from reviews.)

Awards for “Sequoia”

“Sequoia” took two awards for the Book of the Year 2013 Contest
by Turning The Pages


Short Story Book of the Year


Folklore Book of the Year

I want to read it!

You can buy “Sequoia” in these stores:

“Sequoia – a short story” as Kindle ebook: / Amazon. de /

“Sequoia – a short story” as print version: /Amazon. de /


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Click here for more short stories by Hannah Steenbock.

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