About Me

update

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)

AmazonSmashwords

Goodreads

Minutes Before Sunset: book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy

AmazonBarnes & NobleSmashwordsKoboDieselSony, and Apple.

Goodreads.

Seconds Before Sunrise: book 2 of The Timely Death Trilogy

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords

Goodreads

November Snow:

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

Goodreads

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.

~SAT

You can donate to ShannonAThompson.com today!

You can donate to ShannonAThompson.com today!

738 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!

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