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Searching for Persephone

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Self-doubting twenty-four-year-old Violet is shaken to the core by the sudden loss of her best friend Persephone. Hoping to draw her out of a deep depression, her mother sends her to Crete, the Greek island she herself fled as a teenager. As Violet slowly heals, she strikes up an unexpected romance and begins to make plans for the future. But when the pandemic arrives, her world is once again dismantled.


Searching for Persephone is a story of self-discovery and redemption in the midst of loss and defeat. Drawing on Greek myths, fairy folklore and quantum physics, the book explores themes of healing, cultural and personal identity, and the nature of perception and reality.

Click here to read the story behind Searching for Persephone

Cover photo ©2022 Lichon Photography


The debut novel by S.M. Perkins Carr

"A highly recommended read. As an immigrant, there were places within the novel that made me cry..."

-Whistler Independent Book Awards

Photo ©2022 Lichon Photography

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About Melikos Publishing

Melikos Publishing was founded in 2022 by Shannon Perkins Carr, in order to publish her debut novel, Searching for Persephone. We then expanded into publishing sheet music and we have plans to bring you more of Shannon's novels, short stories, and poetry in the future!

About S.M. Perkins Carr

Shannon Perkins Carr is an author, poet, and certified music therapist. An experienced songwriter who often dabbled in poetry, she began writing in earnest after dreaming the first line of her debut novel, Searching for Persephone, which she self-published in 2022. Since then, she has been following the writing muse, crafting poetry, short stories and a further novel-in-progress, while continuing to work as a music therapist and classical guitarist.

Originally from North Vancouver, Shannon studied composition and guitar at UBC, and went on to complete an MA in music therapy at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She lived in the UK for ten years, working as a music therapist and charity administrator. In 2019, she returned to Canada’s west coast, settling in Victoria.

Her music therapy training and understanding of human psychology inform her explorations of characters and interactions. In her writing, Shannon is interested in portraying characters’ internal worlds and the relationships, people and places that define and change them.

Shannon's poem, Softening, was longlisted in the Van Isle Poetry Collective's 2023 contest, and her short story, The Sea Pool, was selected for Filidh Publishing's Platinum Collection. She's also had poetry published in Island Writer Magazine.

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