The SparkNotes Version:
I’m a 22-year-old author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. In 2007, I was 16 when I published my first YA sci-fi novel, November Snow. In 2012, I was featured in a poetry collection, and my latest young-adult novel, Minutes Before Sunset, released May 1st with AEC Stellar Publishing! In September, I became my publisher’s Social Marketing Manager or a Social Marketing Wizard. (That’s right. I’m a wizard, too.) And my first short story, Sean’s Bullet, released in an anthology this October. AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. is expecting to release Seconds Before Sunrise on March 22, 2014. Writing is what I do, and I love it more and more everyday.
Currently, I am finishing up my senior year at the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English (with a creative writing focus). This little fact also means I live in Lawrence, Kansas—home of the Jayhawks. (Rock Chalk!). I have a fantastic family and one black cat named Bogart (after my favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart.)
So 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. 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, aspiring characters, blissful love, and virtues for readers to compliment 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.
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 beautiful experiences I’ve had in the publishing industry as I’ve been able to honor my loved ones through my writing.
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.
Also, I 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 buying my novels:
I cannot offer the poetry collection in Kristine Andersen’s memory, but it can be read about here.