About Me

The SparkNotes Version:

At a book signing event

At a book signing event

I’m a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. In 2007, I was 16 when my first novel, November Snow, was published, and a lot has happened since then. My work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and my first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads’ Book of the Month. I am currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and Minutes Before Sunset releases on July 28, 2015. Writing is what I do, and I love it more and more every day.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, I spend my free time writing and sharing ideas with my black cat, Bogart, named after my favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, I graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and I travel whenever the road calls.

I am also an editor and social media marketer, and you can read more about my services by clicking the link. You can also reach me at shannonathompson@aol.com. I’ll be drinking a coffee when I read your message.

Talk to you soon!

All 11 of my publications

All 11 of my publications

The Assigned-Reading Version:

I’m Shannon A. Thompson, and I’ve been writing since I read every novel my local bookstore had to offer me. Since I no longer had much to read, my mother (who was also an avid reader) suggested I should write what I wanted to read. She also taught me to write as a coping mechanism. As a child, I suffered terribly from night terrors and nightmares, which often left me confused and unable to differentiate reality from fiction. With her direction, I learned how to turn my terrors into the stories readers enjoy today. Sadly enough, my mother passed away in 2003, but her loving memory lives within my passion for reading and writing. With that passion, my dream is to create wonderful worlds, inspiring characters, blissful love, and virtues for readers to complement their everyday lives with. To be honest, I live within my daydreams and nightmares; through that, I have learned to create, and I never cease from doing so. That being said, I did give up once upon a time.

After my first novel was published, I took it off the market to go to college. Then, I followed a suggestion and started a blog for fun. One month later, in October of 2012, my roommate, Kristine Andersen, passed away, and I was featured in a poetry collection dedicated to her memory. This moment has been one of the most emotional experiences I’ve had in the publishing industry – as I’ve been able to honor my loved ones through my writing. Because of that moment, my writer’s heart decided to return, and I was published again seven months later. Minutes Before Sunset is also dedicated to Kristine.

My mother and I on Christmas, 1999

My mother and I on Christmas, 1999

I drink entirely too much coffee, I love my cat a little too much (but, really, who doesn’t love their pet?), and my favorite activity (other than writing and reading, of course) is to talk, talk, talk, talk, talk. I love hearing about strangers’ lives, and I adore submerging myself in everything this world has to offer us—culture, language, people, etc. I find that reality really can be stranger than fiction, and there’s nothing like living life with an open mind, willing to learn and meet new people whenever possible. I’ve lived in six states and moved over fifteen times, which I enjoy using as inspiration for writing.

I also sleep a lot (almost as much as my cat!) and I listen to Elvis Presley on a regular basis. I love the Green Bay Packers (which is one of the places I grew up), and I prefer to drive manuals over automatics.

My favorite authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Meg Cabot, Cassandra Clare, Billy Collins, Ernest Hemingway, Jonathan Safran Foer, Lauren Oliver, Stephen Chbosky, Alan Emmins, Garth Stein, and David Sedaris.

I would name my favorite novel, but—let’s be honest—that’s impossible.

If you’re interested in my novels:

The Timely Death Trilogy is releasing by Clean Teen Publishing this summer and fall! 

  • Minutes Before Sunset: book 1 releases July 28: Goodreads
  • Seconds Before Sunrise: book 2 releases August 25: Goodreads
  • Death Before Daylight: book 3 releases September 15: Goodreads

Take Me Tomorrow is only available by emailing me at shannonathompson@aol.com: Goodreads

For news on my other publications, click here.


You can donate to ShannonAThompson.com today!

You can donate to ShannonAThompson.com today!

784 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Leya August 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    Thank you for following my blog! I can see you are following your dreams – keep going.

    • Shannon A Thompson August 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

      Thank you for checking out my website! Chasing the dream with a passion.

  2. Patricia Gilbert August 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    Thanks for choosing to follow One Quality, the Finest. We share a love of black cats. Mine is sitting on my knee as I write this.

  3. desasmith1449 August 9, 2014 at 3:17 am #

    Thanks for following my blog!

    • Shannon A Thompson August 9, 2014 at 3:19 am #

      I enjoyed your recent post. :]

      • desasmith1449 August 9, 2014 at 3:24 am #

        Thank you :) you have some very interesting posts. I’ll have to check out your books sometime.

      • Shannon A Thompson August 9, 2014 at 3:25 am #

        Thank you :] I hope you enjoy the novels if you check them out. I share all reviews here, too. :]

  4. Fiona Kernaghan August 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Hi, Shannon.

    Just letting you know my WP blog site that you follow, fionakernaghan.com, will be closing and moving to a new server.

    To continue following me try twitter – and/or join the “VIP List” on my new site opening in a few days. You’ll get free songs and good stuff that way, too!

    Thanks and all the best with your wonderful writing.

  5. Christopher Lear August 19, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Hey Shannon!

    I just wanted to say a big, warm hello and say thank you for checking out my book. I do hope you quite like it and that it entertains you and even makes you giggle a little bit.

    Because what are the great moments in life, but not for giggling?

    Have a splendidly magical day! :D,

    – Christopher Lear

  6. The Literary Melting Pot August 19, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    Thank you for following my blog!

  7. jfreshly September 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    I’m Baltimore born and bred. Have had Ravens season tickets for some time. Since you enjoy Edgar Allan Poe I though you may enjoy this song lyric I wrote.

    Edgar Allan Poe I quote
    When the Ravens smoke
    It’s known as the death toke.

    Thank you for following my blog.

    I hope you take the time to read my poetry and listen to my songs in an effort to find enjoyment!

    • Shannon A Thompson September 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

      I have been to Baltimore a few times. :] I will definitely continue to check you out. Thanks for sharing your Poe lyrics with me.

      • jfreshly September 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

        Since your Green Bay Packers beat us last year at the Bank I figured you would not mind it :)

  8. Holly Michael September 19, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    Wow, you grew up in Wisconsin? I grew up in door county. Crooked Lines, my debut novel is set in Wisconsin and in India. And we both love in the Kansas City area. Lawrence is close. :-). Nice to meet you here. I’ll check out your books. Your mom and you look so cute. Hugs! I’m sorry.

    • Shannon A Thompson September 20, 2014 at 12:01 am #

      I moved around a lot as I was growing up, but I lived in Green Bay for three years of it (long enough to spark my love for the Packers and pick up a husky along the way). I still have cheese heads in my garage. Sounds like you’re quite the traveler, too! Your novel looks very interesting as well, and I appreciate your kind words. KC writers have to stick together. :]

  9. reneiexo September 21, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    Hi Shannon! Thanks much for following my blog. This is a first step for me in dreaming to be a good writer also. :)

  10. campconfidential September 22, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Hi Shannon,
    Thanks a bunch for liking my blog. Your stories are really inspirational. Again Thank You

  11. pushpinder23 September 22, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    Thanks for following my blog. It feels special to get noticed by a Published author. :)
    I loved the fact that, you share the interviews with your readers through this Blog. I think. I will learn a lot from these. And, I loved reading your About Me.

  12. daveynorthcott September 23, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Hey :) Thanks for stopping by at The imAgine RooM. Looks like you’ve got a great portfolio of writing here, looking forward to exploring further.

    • Shannon A Thompson September 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by here, too. :] I’ll be sure to come by The imAgine RooM again soon.

  13. Eleazar S.G. September 24, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    Good taste, Ms. Thompson. Humphrey Bogart was a king! I love the fact he made a film with one of my favorites, Katharine Hepburn, and married one of the sexiest and most interesting ladies in Hollywood, the beautiful and recently late Lauren Bacall.

    • Shannon A Thompson September 24, 2014 at 2:40 am #

      Just got the collector’s edition of Casablanca. :) Love all of their lives. Reading about them is fascinating.

  14. thewhisperingpen September 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    You go girl! Impressive resume and collection of published work!

  15. annarosemeeds September 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    Your books sound wonderful, and I look forward to reading them one day.

    • Shannon A Thompson September 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

      That is so kind! I hope you do get to read them one day. :] They are available everywhere.

  16. ninamishkin September 28, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    Thanks so much, Shannon, for deciding to follow my blog. Yours certainly looks chockfull of interesting posts to explore. I look forward to many enjoyable visits!

  17. Ana Franco October 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    Hello! I just wanted to tell that I’ve nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award. Obviously that’s because I just love reading your blog, :) Here’s the post if you wish to see: http://anaisthebookworm.wordpress.com/?p=256&preview=true&preview_id=256&preview_nonce=

  18. Heena Rathore P. October 26, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    Hi Shannon! Thanks for following The Reading Bud :)
    I’m really happy that it led me to your blog. I’m an aspiring writer and have recently started work on my first novel (it’s a contemporary romance). I’m looking forward to learning a lot about writing from you.
    Thanks again!
    Have a great day.

  19. Heena Rathore P. October 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    PS: Your books look pretty amazing. If at all you wanna have them reviewed by The Reading Bud, just lemme know!

  20. Precious @ Clockwork Desires November 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    Thank you for following my blog! I feel special getting noticed by a published author :)

  21. joysofbookworms November 12, 2014 at 5:21 am #

    Hey Shannon! I’ve nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award” :) -> http://wp.me/p47zrq-bx

  22. Kaine Andrews December 18, 2014 at 4:20 am #

    For keeping up with the madness that is the internet, and for plucking just the right chords in me at just the right times, I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger award. Thank you!

  23. Cecilia Beatriz December 20, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. Yours has interesting stuff and I look forward to reading more of your posts. :)

  24. suz December 28, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    I am very honored you would decide to follow my blog, One Crazy Cook.
    You have had so much happen in your short life thus far. Remaining strong and true to yourself and your talents will be your greatest feat.

    Love your writing!


    • Shannon A Thompson December 28, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

      I just had some free time open up, and I’ve been meaning to cook more! I thought your detox posts were really interesting. Thank you for your encouragement. :] Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  25. zooeyibz December 28, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    From one Elvis fan to another — keep writing! And never underestimate the power of deep-fried peanut butter sandwiches.

    • Shannon A Thompson December 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

      This two sentences are the most beautiful sentences I have ever read! :]

  26. lorac888890 December 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Hi, thank you for the follow and keep on writing.

    • Shannon A Thompson December 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

      Yeah! I look forward to your future thoughts. I thought your piece on Writing for Profit was relatable!

      • lorac888890 December 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

        Thank you. I’ll continue to read more from your blog too.

      • lorac888890 December 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

        Hi, have a happy New Year! Take care now.

      • Shannon A Thompson December 31, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

        Happy New Year!

  27. ginachoward January 5, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    Thanks for following, Shannon. Other than our genres, we appear to be kindred spirits. I hope you will add reading my blog as one of your pleasurable activities.

  28. honya January 9, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

    Shannon, I truly appreciate your writing–both your novels and your blog–and I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

  29. Kaine Andrews March 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Because I love kicking traffic your way – typically with a triumphant shout of “It can be done! See!” to naysayers who claim following dreams is silly – I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. If you want to participate and help more people find you or other interesting blogs, the link with rules and such is right here: http://kaineandrews.com/2015/03/13/liebster-award-nomination/

    Keep it up!

  30. jmdavisauthor March 15, 2015 at 9:35 am #

    Thank you for following my blog. I apologize for taking six months to get around to checking out your blog. Congratulations on your upcoming trilogy releases, most impressive. I am also impressed by the services you offer writers. I look forward to reading more of your posts and following your journey. Wishing you the best.

    • Shannon A Thompson March 15, 2015 at 10:41 am #

      Thank you for checking my website out! I’m glad that you enjoyed some posts and the services, and I appreciate the congratulations. Wishing you the best as well!
      Have a great week,

  31. hermionefowl March 24, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

    Thanks for being one of my followers! :) To show how much I appreciate you, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award: https://victoriajaynesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/liebster-award-3/


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