ALEXIS MARIE CHUTE is an award-winning author, artist, filmmaker, curator, and inspirational speaker. Her memoir, Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing, and Pregnancy After Loss, was a Kirkus Best Book of 2017 and received many literary awards. Expecting Sunshine is also a highly acclaimed feature documentary film, produced and directed by the author, that was screened around the world in 2018 and 2019.
Chute is also the author of the epic fantasy adventure series called The 8th Island Trilogy. Above the Star, book one, was released in 2018, featuring multigenerational and diverse characters. Books two and three—Below the Moon and Inside the Sun—will hit bookshelves in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Chute holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She is an internationally exhibited painter and photographer, art curator, and a widely published writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Chute’s writing has been published in TIME Motto, Scary Mommy, Womanista, Today’s Parent, PhotoEd Magazine, WestWord Magazine, Vie, Edmonton Woman Magazine, Flurt Magazine, Mind Body Green, The Good Men Project, Still Standing Magazine, The Huffington Post, Smart Healthy Woman, and many others.
She is a highly-regarded inspirational speaker and teacher. She has presented on business, art, photography, writing, filmmaking, bereavement, and the healing capacities of creativity around the world.
When not in her art-photography-film studio, writing at her computer, or on a leg of her international tour, Chute loves to spend quality time with her family, read both fiction and memoirs, watch reality TV, paddleboard, and canoe. She is not a winter person but lives in the frosty city of Edmonton with her husband and their living children. More about Alexis at www.AlexisMarieChute.com
ABOUT THE BOOKS
EXPECTING SUNSHINE: A Journey of Grief, Healing, and Pregnancy After Loss
May 2017, second edition with bonus material – Aaron’s Perspective, Q&A, and more!
After her son, Zachary, dies in her arms at birth, visual artist and author Alexis Marie Chute disappears into her “Year of Distraction.” She cannot paint or write or tap into the heart of who she used to be—too caught up in mourning not only for Zachary but also for the future they might have had together. It is only when Chute learns she is pregnant again that she sets out to find healing and rediscover her identity—just in time, she hopes, to welcome her next child.
In the forty weeks of her pregnancy, Chute grapples with her strained marriage, shaken faith, and medical diagnosis, with profound results. Glowing with riveting and gorgeous prose, Expecting Sunshine chronicles the anticipation and anxiety of expecting a baby while still grieving for the child that came before—enveloping readers with insightful observations on grief and healing, life and death, and the incredible power of a mother’s love.
8TH ISLAND TRILOGY (YA)
“A Wrinkle in Time meets The Princess Bride” – Lee Lee Thompson, The Perpetual You
2018 “Top 15 Unputdownable YA Reads” pick – Bookstr
Above the Star (Book 1) June 2018
When Archie goes in search of his missing son, Arden, in the Spanish Canary Islands, he stumbles upon a higher mission: to save his ailing fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Ella. Using a portal-jumping device called the Tillastrion, Archie and a strange creature, a Bangol named Zeno, are transported—along with a cruise ship full of people, including Ella and her mother, Tessa—to a magnificent yet terrifying island in another realm, a place called Jarr-Wya, where Archie hopes to locate Ella’s cure. An epic adventure of three unlikely heroes, Above the Star reminds us that no matter how young, or how old, our bravery transforms not only our lives but the world around us.
Below the Moon (Book 2) coming October 2019
Ella Wellsley is not your typical teenager. Cancer left her mute, but not powerless. Trapped in a parallel dimension, Ella rallies her strength to join her family—her mother, Tessa, her grandpa Archie, and her magical boyfriend—in locating the cure to her illness. This cure is entangled in the fate of all worlds, and threatened by the presence of an evil Star anchored in the sea. The Star has thrown life everywhere into chaos—and it is Ella who holds the key to unlocking its mystery. Caught in a web of betrayal, mistaken identities, secrets, and love triangles, Ella, Tessa, and Archie must overcome their troubled pasts to ensure a future for all worlds. On this journey—armed with unearthly abilities and unexpected allies—each member of the Wellsley family will learn the power of love in the face of their greatest fears.
Inside the Sun (Book 3) coming April 2020
The exciting finale to The 8th Island Trilogy, Inside the Sun holds readers breathless as the fate of all worlds is held in a delicate balance between life and total obliteration. At the heart of the story is the Wellsley family—Tessa, Ella, and Archie—who learn bravery despite where they come from, how old they are, and the burdens they bear. When all seems lost, the Wellsleys join with a scrupulous company of magical beings from the island of Jarr-Wya to set things right. The Star may have come to help, but the mystery only deepens and sacrifice is required to save the day.
For Expecting Sunshine:
“Alexis Marie’s honest, unflinching memoir reads more like a novel in its elegant use of prose and narrative structure. But there’s no mistaking its truth—that losing a child at any age can cause a shift in a parent’s universe. Alexis Marie’s struggle to move forward and heal, and still honour baby Zachary, is an inspiration.” —Janice Biehn, Editor, ParentsCanada magazine
“An amazingly moving and emotional story that any woman—or any parent—can easily relate to.” —Jennifer Hamilton, Editor, CanadianFamily.ca
“Alexis Marie Chute, tasked with living as she mourns the death of her child, writes vividly and honestly about loss and grief. Expecting Sunshine records a journey that proves to be revelatory for reader and writer alike. This is a brave, memorable book.” —Jane Brox, author of Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light
For 8th Island Trilogy: Above the Star:
“Will hold you spellbound until the last page.” – Reader’s Favorite
“Think of Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings and Homer’s Odyssey all wrapped up together.”
— Raymond Gariepy, editor of WestWord magazine
“Shows readers that there is a power within all of us to change the world.” — Jessica Kluthe, author of Rosina, The Midwife