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Iona Wayland

Author and Sensitivity Reader

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About Iona Wayland

Iona Wayland is an author, book lover, and tea enthusiast. She considers herself a child of the forest, and is a devoted animal mom and mental health professional who specializes in trauma. She depicts aspects of the human experience often in fantastical ways. Common themes of her work include: grief, surviving trauma, and finding purpose and strength.

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October 10, 2020

After her brother Donny’s tragic death, Angela Soloman is instructed where to lay his ashes in order to bring peace to his restless spirit. She must journey and battle deviant supernatural beings, face her own traumatic past, and follow the rules of Hollow Forest to avoid the stalking creature called the Canid Carey. With help from a mysterious ally, she fights to quiet more tormented souls than one. 

 Ashes is a dark fantasy with a touch of supernatural horror. Available now in eBook and Paperback formats at

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"Into the Forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul."

John Muir

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Sensitivity Reading Services

Do you want to include mental illness and diversity in your work but not sure if you’ve hit the mark or have hidden biases? Consider Iona Wayland as your sensitivity reader.

As an avid reader, author, and trauma-specialized mental health professional, Iona is passionate about being a sensitivity reader. She can review your work in progress to give feedback regarding misrepresentation, harmful depictions, and inaccuracies regarding mental injury/illness and multiracial identity in fiction. She can offer solutions to better depict your character’s narrative.

What Iona Does

Iona will evaluate your manuscript and focus on ensuring inclusivity of mental health and/or diversity to avoid tokenizing mental illness and diversity. She will educate about proper portrayals that do not sensationalize or trivialize the experiences.

Please Note

Iona is currently taking on very limited clients. If she cannot book you or you'd like to be referred elsewhere, please reach out to the knowledgeable Samantha Kassé.

Requirements for Sensitivity Review

If interested, fill out the form below or send an email with the title “Sensitivity Review” to

Include what services you’re looking for, manuscript length, a brief synopsis of your work, and desired deadline.

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