About Me

All of my publications. :D

All of my publications. :D

The SparkNotes Version:

I’m a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. In 2007, I was 16 when I published my first YA dystopian novel, November Snow. In 2012, I was featured in a poetry collection, and in 2013, I signed The Timely Death Trilogy with AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. After releasing the first installment, my young-adult, paranormal romance, Minutes Before Sunset, became Goodreads Book of the Month. My life changed. Since then, my first short storySean’s Bullet, was also published in an anthology, and my poem was featured in a Norwegian magazine. My sequel, Seconds Before Sunrise, released, and AEC Stellar Publishing released my latest novel, Take Me Tomorrow, on July 17, 2014. Writing is what I do, and I love it more and more everyday.

My latest novels.

My latest novels.

Outside of my publications, I graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing. This little fact also means I live in Lawrence, Kansas—home of the Jayhawks. Rock Chalk! After also working for my publisher as a Social Media Marketing Manager, I became the C.O.O. While most define a C.O.O. as the Chief Operating Officer, my fellow AEC author, Ryan Attard, redefined it as the Cognitive Operations Overlord. I think I prefer his creative definition.

I have a fantastic family and one black cat named Bogart – after my favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart – and you will see pictures of him often.

For all you fellow Casablanca, Key Largo, Sabrina, etc. fans:

Of all the blogs in all the sites in all the internet, you read into mine.

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 from reality and 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 five 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 drive a manual (not to brag or anything, but it’s more fun than an automatic!).

My favorite authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Meg Cabot, Sylvia Plath, 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:

Take Me Tomorrow: (releases July 17, 2014)



Minutes Before Sunset: book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy

AmazonBarnes & NobleSmashwordsKoboDieselSony, and Apple.


Seconds Before Sunrise: book 2 of The Timely Death Trilogy

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords


November Snow:

Amazon (only available as a paperback, but it can be personalized and signed if wanted)


2013: A Stellar Collection:

Amazon and Goodreads

I cannot offer the poetry collection that was dedicated to Kristine Andersen, but it can be read about here.


You can donate to ShannonAThompson.com today!

You can donate to ShannonAThompson.com today!

724 Responses to “About Me”

  1. tigersdancing April 11, 2014 at 2:19 am #

    Thank you for visiting my blog – I loved reading yours; it inspired me to get on with my own writing! x

    • Shannon A Thompson April 11, 2014 at 2:20 am #

      Sure thing! I always enjoy meeting writers. Hope you continue. :)

  2. teny April 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Thank you for checking & following my blog. It feels good for me to follow a young & talented writer as you :)
    Best of luck for your upcoming works :)
    PS: Paranormal, dystopian & black cats – sounds awesome :) For me that should be “too much tea”.
    – Tennyson

    • Shannon A Thompson April 12, 2014 at 3:09 am #

      Sounds like we have a lot in common! Thanks for commenting. :)
      ~ SAT

  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt April 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    What an accomplished person you are! I’ve enjoyed reading some of the posts on your blog.
    Thank you for the follow on my blog.

    • Shannon A Thompson April 12, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

      It’s great to connect with you! Thank you for your kind words.
      ~ SAT

  4. JaimeAlexander April 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    Thank you for checking out my blog! You are amazing. Can’t wait to get inspired by your works! :D

  5. Andrew Updegrove April 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog, and I look forward to following yours.

  6. Shery Alexander Heinis April 20, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Hi Shannon – Thanks for visiting and following my blog! It’s always an honour to meet fellow writers who are passionate about their craft. It’s wonderful that you’ve followed your dream from an early age – not many people get to do that. I do look forward to learning and sharing with you. All the best. Shery

  7. Ashley April 27, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Thanks for liking my post. I hope you stop by Sitting in the Stacks again soon. I look forward to following your writing!

  8. ShieldCrest April 29, 2014 at 4:24 am #

    Thanks for the follow :-)

  9. Elizabeth Yalian April 30, 2014 at 3:05 am #

    Wow, you are certainly an accomplished writer! Thank you for the visit and the follow.

  10. Fiona Kernaghan May 3, 2014 at 5:00 am #

    Thanks for the “like” over at fionakernaghan.com, Shannon! Congrats on your body of work, and cool site!

    • Shannon A Thompson May 3, 2014 at 5:03 am #

      Thanks for stopping by :D I really enjoy your website, and I’m flattered that you liked this page. Also, I read your comment on my blog post about Scribd. I’m still really weary about programs like that as well.

  11. Maggie May 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Thanks for following me!

  12. REDdog May 3, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Shannon, I’m deeply flattered that one so talented should visit my humble public forum…I’m also curious as to 1. how on earth you found me, and 2.(probably even more curioser as to) why you should bother with the Follow button at all?? Cheers REDdog

    • Shannon A Thompson May 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

      I’ve been reading your posts for a little while now. :) I really enjoyed your story about your tattoos, and when you mentioned a Ducati, I was sold. I found you through the reader. Hope that answers your questions.
      ~ SAT

      • REDdog May 3, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

        Why thank you SAT…might hafta get on with writing about the other tatts then eh?

      • Shannon A Thompson May 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

        I like how you tackle common phrases by telling your story. :)
        ~ SAT

      • REDdog May 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

        Maybe you’ve got something you’d like me to write about? Might be interesting, haven’t put that out there before.

      • Shannon A Thompson May 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

        Oh, that would be delightful! Can you do truth is stranger than fiction? I wrote about it once here: http://shannonathompson.com/2014/01/04/stranger-than-fiction/

      • REDdog May 4, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

        Have a look at my post Back In The Saddle Again Part 4, see if that’s the sort of thing you mean and I’ll have a think about what else I can come up with

  13. equinoxio21 May 4, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi Shannon. Quite impressive! How many books under your belt? :)
    Thanks for visiting Equinoxio. Come back any time. Door’s open and the light’s always on.
    Take care

  14. Amreen Bashir Shaikh May 6, 2014 at 1:08 am #

    Hi Shannon, thank you for the follow! I am glad to meet you in here and I really like your blog! Hope to read more of your works in future. Regards,

  15. jgroeber May 7, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    I’m with REDdog. Well, not technically… I’m actually married with four kids, none of whom have cool tattoos or piercings. But I am wondering how you found my little blog. And I thank you for the follow.
    I have to say, I love that you write. I love that you write with such confidence. I love that you somehow believed you could make this writing thing work. There’s a message in there for the rest of us old folk, I think.
    P.S. Your recent poems are astounding.

  16. Tirunelveli N Neelakantan May 8, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    Your autobiography is very interesting. Best wishes.
    T N Neelakantan
    Author: Short Stories for Young Readers – Book 1
    Short Stories for Success for Young Readers: A New Lexicon Unfolded
    What If our Dreams Come True! An Uncommon Meeting with Lord Siva

  17. whocouldknowthen May 10, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    hi Shannon, i apologize for this late acknowledgement but i just wanted to ty for following my writing, encouragement is always really appreciated. and kudos to you for pushing your dream, you should be very proud to have published so many books this early in your career.

  18. Cathy May 14, 2014 at 3:00 am #

    Hi Shannon, thanks for visiting and following my blog. I’m enjoying yours very much :)

  19. ashes0249 May 14, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Hey, thanks for stopping by and showing interest! Love your Blog!

    • Shannon A Thompson May 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

      Of course :) I love browsing blogs and connecting with those who enjoy similar topics.
      ~ SAT

  20. stephendallen May 16, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    Hello Shannon,
    Thank you for the follow at, “Through The Cracked Window,” I am honored. -Stephen

  21. unexpectedincommonhours May 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. Congratulations on your great success as a novelist!

    • Shannon A Thompson May 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

      I found your blog to be very interesting! Plus, “eclectic” is one of my favorite words. :D Thank you for visiting me, too.

  22. The Savvy Senorita May 20, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    Hey there, many thanks for following The Savvy Senorita. I appreciate it! Bex

  23. Von Simeon May 20, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    Thank you for following my blog Shannon! Hope to experience the level of your success more sooner than later :) Congrats and keep writing!

  24. M T McGuire May 24, 2014 at 1:56 am #

    Hello there. Just popped in to thank you for following my blog.



  25. James Jackson May 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    Wow, very powerful and impressive stuff. I’m glad we followed each other, I hope we get to know each other better. Keep up the great writing.

  26. Jonas Lee May 30, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    I nominated you for an award, sorry…lol http://jonasleeblog.com/2014/05/30/inspiring-me-okay/

    • Shannon A Thompson May 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

      Aw! Don’t apologize :D I share them on my websites. Thank you :D Going to check it out right now!

      • Jonas Lee May 30, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

        Thanks for the FB piggy-back!

  27. tonyroberts64 June 1, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    I want to thank you for following “A Way With Words.” My joy in writing is made more complete when people read what I’ve written (and even more so as they respond).
    I write mainly about faith and mental illness, but am known to dabble occasionally in other subjects, stories, and even the occasional poem. If you have any requests, please let me know.
    I appreciate what you have going here and commend you on your prolific writing. I share some of your literary passions (namely for Poe and Billy Collins). I pray you are blessed in your life and writing, as you bless others.
    Tony Roberts

    • Shannon A Thompson June 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

      I will surely let you know if I have any request. You write about many difficult matters that need to be discussed more. Thank you for writing, Tony Roberts!

  28. bobbyelhans June 1, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Hi Shannon, Thanks for visiting my blog.

  29. Herman June 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    Hi Shannon. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

    • Shannon A Thompson June 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

      Oh! Thank you for coming back and commenting here. That is too kind of you. Will visit HoB again soon.

  30. jgglass June 4, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    I’ve nominated you for the Leibster Award! See my blog for details.

    • Shannon A Thompson June 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

      Thank you! I posted about your website on my Facebook page.

      • jgglass June 12, 2014 at 12:53 am #

        Wow! Thank you very much!

  31. ateenqueen June 5, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    It’s an honor that you followed me! After reading this and gaining this background on you, I’m entirely inspired by your story. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful work/thoughts/mind :)

    • Shannon A Thompson June 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

      Thank you for connecting with me :D I love your blog, and I hope we can continue to chat.

  32. D.C.Runkel June 11, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Hey, Shannon!
    Thanks or the follow. I love your blog’s opening page. It’s refreshing to see genuine and fun loving people be themselves. I’m also very impressed with your success. I can just tell you have real passion and no small amount of talent.
    If I may, how did you first find your audience? You seemed to have done this quite well fairly early. I’d love to hear what that experience was like for you.

    • Shannon A Thompson June 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

      Hey, D.C. Runkel!
      I actually share a lot of stats and other information here on ShannonAThompson.com to help those who might want to build their audiences. I share #1 searched term, my most popular posts, and more to explain what brings people to my website. Here’s a good place to start since it covers one year (http://shannonathompson.com/2014/01/02/my-year-in-review/) but I would suggest checking out the “Ketchup” posts. Those get more specific since they only cover one month at a time.
      Hope that helps,

  33. Betsy June 11, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Thank you so much for following my blog and liking my post! I am also an aspiring author and reading about you and your wrok made me want to start writing again. :)

  34. Ann St. Vincent June 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    Thank you so much for the blog follow! I hope you enjoy what you read, and I in turn look forward to exploring your blog (and books!) as well.

  35. Jean Reinhardt June 19, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Hi Shannon, thanks for dropping by my blog. I loved reading your ‘about’ page, it’s written in such a lovely conversational style.

    • Shannon A Thompson June 19, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      Thank you for visiting me. :D I will surely be back on your blog soon.

  36. Sherrey Meyer June 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    Shannon, thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and reading my recent post. I appreciate the effort put into your blog and have a deep appreciation for all you’ve accomplished in your young life. You go, girl!

  37. yarnspinnerr June 26, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    Thanks for the visit and Welcome. :-)

  38. Emily June 26, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    Wow. You are such an inspiring person. Seeing all you have accomplished in such a short time span is so encouraging to a high schooler like me, who wants to write, but can’t seem to accomplish her goals. Thank you for demonstrating what hard work can bring. Now I just need to emulate you….easier said than done;)

  39. Laxman Prajapati June 27, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog! I appreciate it very much. :)

  40. honya July 1, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing so much good information on your blog! I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. http://honyasbookshelf.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  41. marjma2014 July 4, 2014 at 4:15 am #

    Thanks for following my blog Shannon. You have a lovely blog. Loved your About page. Think we have a few things in common! Writing, cats, Elvis, only difference is our ages. Sigh! Will have to catch up with you!

    • Shannon A Thompson July 4, 2014 at 5:01 am #

      Exciting to have so many things in common! We’ll definitely chat soon.

  42. ~meredith July 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    I enjoyed reading about your ascent into authorship. I am so impressed with your mother’s insight, and your openness to make the journey through something so overwhelming. I look forward to reading more of your work. Best wishes, ~Meredith

  43. Sam July 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Hey Shannon, I wanted to nominate you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award!” I’ve enjoyed following your blog the last few months and I love reading your posts.

  44. Hodgepodge 4 the Soul July 7, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    Thank you for following. :)

  45. benzeknees July 11, 2014 at 1:15 am #

    Thanks for following Benzeknees!

  46. alanjcain July 16, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Thanks for following my blog! Keep up the great work! :)

  47. angieneto July 18, 2014 at 4:14 am #

    Shannon you are truly an inspiration to all of the new writers embarking on this fantastic journey and I follow your intersting blogs as you always give us not only a piece of your self but an aid to this never ending learning curve of writing. Thank you <3

  48. Nida S. July 24, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Wow you are an inspiration! A published author at such a young age(I’m sure you get that a lot!). Any tips??? My dream of writing a book clings to me like lint on black.. but I don’t know how to take the plunge!

    • Shannon A Thompson July 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

      You can do it! You just have to believe in yourself, pick up a pen, and write and continue to write. If you’re looking for in-depth tips, I do have a “Tips” page at the top of my bar that includes many pieces of advice in terms of novel-writing.
      Best of luck!

  49. Unconfirmed Bachelorette July 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    Thank you so much for following my blog. Congratulations on your enormous success. I can’t help but think being owned by a black cat has brought you good juju.

  50. ywwp July 28, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    Thank you for following my blog – http://YourWellWisherProgram.wordpress.com, it drives me ahead. regards


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