The SparkNotes Version:


I write books for teens and kids, both contemporary stories and magical ones. I’m also a librarian, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. I am represented by Marietta Zacker at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency!

Since my first publication in 2007, my work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and two of my YA series are now available. If you love paranormal romance, Minutes Before Sunset, book 1 in the Timely Death trilogy, is for you. It has no vampires or werewolves, and it’s based on Midwest folklore! If you’re looking for a dystopian fantasy, you should check out my Bad Bloods series. It’s sort of like X-Men, but much darker. Looking for other fun facts? I am a SCBWI member in the KS/MO region. During the day, I am The Story Center Program Manager for the Mid-Continent Public Library, the largest library in the Kansas City metro, and I love my job. Come check us out. We’re an awesome home of storytelling. During the night, I write. I love both poetry and prose, and I enjoy writing across many genres. My current projects include two novels in verse and a YA romcom. When I’m not writing, I’m watching KDramas and baking cookies at midnight. I’m also a cat lady of two gremlins. 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.

You can reach me at via my Contact page. I’ll be drinking coffee when I read your message.

Talk to you soon!

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Bad Bloods: November Snow (#2)

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Bad Bloods: July Thunder (#3)

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The Timely Death Trilogy!

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Seconds Before Sunrise (#2)

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Death Before Daylight (#3)

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804 thoughts on “About

  1. 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

  2. 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. 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!

    1. 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!

  4. 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. 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. 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!

  7. 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.

    1. 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. :]

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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  11. 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.

  12. Thank you for following my blog! I feel special getting noticed by a published author 🙂

  13. 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!


    1. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

    1. 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,

    1. You’re welcome! I saw your article about Shadowhunters! Can’t wait for the TV show to start. I’m a huge fan. If you get around to checking out The Timely Death Trilogy, let me know! I will happily share your reviews, and I hope you enjoy the series.
      Have a great day!

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