About Me

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, two of my short stories have appeared in various anthologies 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. The final installment of my trilogy, Death Before Daylight, is slated for release in January of 2015. Writing is what I do, and I love it more and more everyday.

At a book signing event

At a book signing event

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 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.

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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:

Amazon, Barnes & NobleSmashwords, and more. Goodreads

Minutes Before Sunset: book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy

AmazonBarnes & NobleSmashwordsKoboDieselSony, and AppleGoodreads.

Seconds Before Sunrise: book 2 of The Timely Death Trilogy

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and other retailers. Goodreads

For news on my other publications, click here.

~SAT

You can donate to ShannonAThompson.com today!

You can donate to ShannonAThompson.com today!

764 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.
      ~SAT

  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. :]
      ~SAT

      • 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. :]
        ~SAT

  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.
      ~SAT

      • 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. :]
      ~SAT

  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.
      ~SAT

  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.
      ~SAT

  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.
      ~SAT

  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

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