Shawn Sodman is a Mason, Michigan native who owns the Daily Scoop Ice Cream Shoppe. He also writes books. His first book called “Runefell Crossroads” was published on Nov. 4, 2014. His next book called “The Tempest’s Fury” is complete and set to be released in the summer.
“My only regret in life is not starting earlier,” said Sodman. “I never thought I had the skills to actually write a book. Then I just said ‘I’m going to do it’ and I did. It’s an incredible feeling.”
The books are a fantasy trilogy and follow three different story arcs: a pirate named Ariella Stormrage, the Amazons of the Silvermoon and the main character Chance Na’Moon. Chance Na’Moon’s ships have gone missing. The evil Orcneas have returned. Chance Na’Moon crosses paths with Ariella Stormrage and they fight for the land of Runefell.
“My wife loves the books,” said Steve Fox, a Mason resident.
The books have sold well locally and have hundreds of downloads as electronic books.
“I’ve always had an overactive imagination,” said Sodman. “Almost everything is based on things in my real life. The Daily Scoop is even in the books.”
The Amazons of Silvermoon are all based on the seven original employees at the Daily Scoop.
Sodman is an active member in the Mason community. His store participates in Relay For Life, the Ele’s Place 5k Run and donates to the Capital Area District Library in Mason.
“He’s a really great guy,” said Marisela Garza, the youth services librarian at the Mason library. “The Daily Scoop donates ice cream to every kid that gets to a certain point in their readings for an event the library puts on.”
Sodman bought the Daily Scoop in 2010. It carries Michigan State Dairy Store ice cream and the books can be bought in store.
“I’ve been going ever since it opened,” said Fox. “We have to support local ownership. That’s why I keep coming back.”
Along with owning the Daily Scoop and writing books, Sodman also owns Game Hits in Lansing and has a wife with three kids.
Sodman has started writing the third book. It will either be named “The Beginning’s End” or “The Trials of War.”
“I plan on writing a science fiction book after the trilogy and who knows? There might be more Runefell in the future,” said Sodman. “There’s a lot to look forward to.”