She Writes Press to publish Expecting Sunshine

Big announcement: My memoir, Expecting Sunshine: A journey of grief, healing and pregnancy after loss, will be published by She Writes Press. This is exciting news! I am honoured that my book has found a home at such a supportive woman-focused press. SWP hone their creative community and choose titles that really matter.

The topic of Expecting Sunshine is incredibly important. Baby loss and pregnancy after loss have touched so many people. I am passionate about offering support, encouragement and community for these families – and their networks. Storytelling is healing and I hope Expecting Sunshine will be an inspiration to many.


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Expecting Sunshine will be published spring 2017!

Here is the synopsis for Expecting Sunshine:

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. She mourns not only for Zachary, but also for their future together. It is only when Alexis Marie learns she is pregnant again that she sets out to find healing and rediscover her identity – and just in time, she hopes, to welcome her next child.

Tangled in the silent stigma of her loss, Alexis Marie fails to anticipate the avalanche of struggles ahead. She grapples with her strained marriage, shaken faith and medical diagnosis with profound results – all framed within the forty weeks of gestation.  

How can a mother survive the guilt that she could not protect her child?

Can Alexis Marie reconnect with her husband and her art?

Will the pregnancy bear new life or only more heartache?

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. Alexis Marie envelops her readers with insightful observations on grief and healing, life and death, and the incredible power of a mother’s love.


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Here is more about She Writes Press:

(From SWP About Page)

“She Writes Press was founded by Kamy Wicoff and Brooke Warner in 2012 as a response to the barriers to traditional publishing getting higher and higher for authors. Kamy’s online community, She Writes, had been founded on the principle of connecting and serving women writers everywhere, offering a community for established and aspiring writers. Brooke had been the Executive Editor at Seal Press for eight years, and was witnessing firsthand the contracting publishing environment, where she personally was having to reject beautifully written books on a regular basis because the submitting author didn’t have a strong enough author platform.

Kamy and Brooke envisioned a company where authors would be invited to publish based on the merit of their writing alone. They wanted to found a press for women writers that would be a platform—that could launch their writing careers, and where they could legitimately compete with their traditional counterparts.

In 2013, She Writes Press secured traditional distribution through Ingram Publisher Services and established itself as a real player in the hybrid publishing world. This relationship secured the right for SWP authors to submit their books for review through traditional channels, creating a more level playing field. SWP authors have been featured in O! magazine, People, and USA Today, and have been reviewed in all of the trade magazines: Publishers Weekly; Kirkus; Booklist; Library Journal; and featured on Shelf Awareness.

In 2014, She Writes Press became part of the SparkPoint Studio, LLC, family. With a new CEO, Crystal Patriarche, at the helm, She Writes Press now has a powerful combination that no other hybrid publisher brings to the table: 1) a curated list with a strong editorial vision; 2) traditional distribution; and 3) an in-house marketing and publicity team (through Patriarche’s publicity company, BookSparks) that SWP authors can choose to utilize.

As of 2015, She Writes Press has reached another milestone, having signed its 100th author. We are a mission-driven, female-run company with a strong vision, passion, and work ethic. Our roster of impressive, accomplished authors speaks for itself, and we’re proud of being an industry game-changer.”


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Thank you for reading!

I hope you enjoy the sunshine,

– Alexis Marie Chute



Expecting Sunshine Update: Now to Edit!

I have loved every second of filming Expecting Sunshine. It has been a wonderful learning experience, an excellent team collaboration, and a great opportunity to connect with bereaved families. Thank you to everyone who made it such a success!

Filming a creative scene with a globe. You can see the fab camera operator, Tom Lim, and Alexis Marie Chute - plus baby Luca on the bottom right!

Filming a creative scene with a globe. You can see the fab camera operator, Tom Lim, and Alexis Marie Chute – plus baby Luca on the bottom right!

We had our last filming date on April 30th. We captured recreations, creative b-roll, and family life after pregnancy loss. 

Choosing the wardrobe for the film has been fun. Only two out of four of these outfits actually made the cut. Thankfully Walmart saved the day at 8am on film-day.

Choosing the wardrobe for the film has been fun. Only two out of four of these outfits actually made the cut. Thankfully Walmart saved the day at 8am on film-day.

Now, my crew and I enter the next exciting stage of the film: post production! This is where we combine all the video and still footage we have captured over the last eight months. We will combine all the visuals with the moving scores we have recorded with live musicians. Here is where we bring the vision to life.

Distribution Updates:

  • We plan to have the film ready for a number of the major film festival deadlines. These are coming up before summer.
  • We have confirmation from Shaw TV in Edmonton that they will be airing the film. This will take place AFTER we, fingers crossed, premier the film at one or more film festivals.
  • We are still searching for a major network to show the documentary. This search will continue in earnest once editing is complete.

Thank you so much for reading! And for supporting this film. Expecting Sunshine will make a huge difference for many, many people.


Alexis Marie Chute



To learn more about Expecting Sunshine book and film, please click here.

Get to know the film’s director and producer, Alexis Marie Chute.

Read testimonials for the documentary and memoir.

Check-out the awesome film crew for the documentary.

Read more posts on the Expecting Sunshine blog.

Visit Expecting Sunshine’s sister blog, Wanted Chosen Planned.

Learn how you can donate to support the film by clicking here.

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