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150th Post

27 Jul

It’s a good feeling seeing those numbers rise–whether it be fellow authors I’ve connected with, sales, or blog comments that represent all the conversations I’ve had with passionate readers, writers, and dreamers. So I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who supports so many people on this journey of writing and publishing. I am very grateful to have every single one of you cheering me on! And I wanted to share a special moment with everyone:

The photo below was taken on July 31, 2007–the day I received the first copy of November Snow in the mail. I’d just turned 16, but I moved shortly afterward, and I lost the photo…or so I thought. A few days ago, I found it on an old computer’s files. It means a lot to me, because the moment was my first novel’s release, and I’m glad I have it again. I’m sharing it, because it’s another one of those instances where we, as writers, can find inspiration from our pasts. 

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But I also have three other wonderful things to share today:

The Examiner reviewed Minutes Before Sunset: 5 STARS! 

“Benevolent magical creatures of the Dark called shades live clandestinely among humans as nimble shape-shifters while readying for a pivotal battle against the evil beings of Light.” 

Read the rest here. I can promise the reviewer, Lionel Green, has a way with words, and I’m flattered by his in-depth review and analysis of the piece.

And if you want even more information, I’d recommend two delightful interviews I was able to participate in:

Interview by upcoming author, Jackson Paul Baer:

Although I’m interviewed about my novels, Baer also adds some fun questions about what I like outside my writing world. Oceans or Mountains? Favorite T.V. show? Happy or sad ending to a novel?

Find out what I said here.

And this interview focuses on the writing and publishing industry:

Writing Under Fire: Young Blood in the Publishing World

Joanne asks: What was the hardest part for you in the writing process; the outline, synopsis, query or building the story itself? What do you do to promote yourself and your novels? Do you also write in other genres?

Find out what I said here.

I have to thank everyone who follows me, but I also want to emphasize how much I appreciate those who have interviewed me and/or reviewed my novels. I’m always excited to participate, and I look forward to discussing these topics with more and more readers and writers. It’s a wonderful and fun opportunity to connect further, but I can’t do it alone, so thank you for allowing me to do so through your support 😀

Speaking of which, I’m still giving away free copies of Minutes Before Sunset for review in order to celebrate Goodreads Book of the Month for July! If you’re interested in that (or interviews–or anything really!) email me at shannonathompson@aol.com.

I am also thinking about doing more guest blog posts in the future, so look out for that!

Changes are coming, but I’m excited about them!

Have a great weekend,

~SAT

Event: Book Signing

14 Jul

I think the title says it all!

I’m going to be selling and signing books on July 27. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Joe’s Town (12236 S. 71 Highway Grandview, MO 64030) On top of that, it’s all part of an art show, so there will be plenty of authors to meet as well as other artists.

So if you live within driving distance, feel free to come on out! I’d love to meet more followers, writers, etc.  I haven’t done a book signing since 2007, so I’m very excited for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to meet more wonderful artists!

Unfortunately, I’m sort of ill this week, so I have to keep my entry short. I will try to post soon, and I have a few guests posts coming up. So look out for that. I hope everyone had a great weekend! I just wanted to share one last thing:1003694_2047404743411_615307191_n

This photo on the right is my first day of kindergarden in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I wanted to share it, because it’s another form of inspiration for me. Although the day was important, I think the photo said a lot. To me, my shadow looks like a grownup, despite my young age, and I think the irony in my age and the shadows age on a day where I was beginning school is simply delightful. It’s one of those things I find to be like a little artistic secret from life. It was as if the future saw me before I did, so I keep this photo around to remind me of my goals and the future.

Just sharing for fun!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars!

July 27. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Joe’s Town (12236 S. 71 Highway Grandview, MO 64030)

And if you want a copy of Minutes Before Sunset beforehand, it’s available on  AmazonBarnes & NobleSmashwordsKoboDieselSony, and Apple.

~SAT

Relax & Read: T.L. McCown

28 Feb

Website Update: I’ve combined Novels & My Poetry Collection pages. There is now a drop-down menu for their individual pages. I’m doing this for exciting reasons, and, if you want a hint, join my brand-new Facebook Author Page by clicking here. You’ll get the latest updates, and my current status has a surprise that isn’t on my website yet! I’m REALLY excited, so check it out, and you’ll get an advantage on other readers when I offer an upcoming competition ;]

P.s. I hit 4,000 followers Tuesday; thank you!

During Tuesday’s post, we–meaning Kansans–were buried beneath a blanket of snow (only four days after being buried before.)

This is my husky, Shadow. He loved the snow like me, but, unfortunately, he passed away in 2007.

This is my husky, Shadow. He loved the snow like me, but, unfortunately, he passed away in 2007.

Ever since I lived in Green Bay, Wisconsin, snow hasn’t been that big of deal to me. However, here in the Midwest, we get more ice, and I HATE ice (especially driving in it. Fact of the day: In February, 2010, I totaled my first car by hitting black ice on a bridge.)

So what’s my favorite part about snow? Being snowed-in.

I love taking the extra time to snuggle up with my cat, Bogart, and  read–which reminded me of two memoirs I wanted to share with you all: Not only because it is beautifully written, but because of the importance of the topic, and how life-changing the author is.

T.L. McCown, author and instructor at Columbia College, is STILL the only author to write about the Saudi Royal Family from first-hand experience. Her two novels–Shifting Sands: Life in Arabia with a Saudi Princess & Creating Shamsiyah: Staging the Saudi Feminist Movement–are inspiring, challenging, and a vivid collection of culture in Saudi Arabia. These memoirs, as shocking as they can be to read, are essential if you’re searching for a memoir that truly (and honestly) faces the threat of terrorism while also embracing her love for the women in Saudi despite cultural and religious differences.

I cannot stress how much her novels have touched me, and I cannot respect T.L. McCown’s bravery enough, let alone her ability to share her story.

Visit her website here. (If you click the novel names above, you will be sent to the Amazon pages.)

~SAT

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P.S. If you’ve read my Events page, then you know I had the AMAZING opportunity to meet and work with T.L. McCown in May, 2007. Seriously. She’s an angel. I couldn’t be more grateful to share my writing passion with such a successful (and passionate) author.   

SS: Reading Event

1 Feb

On February 6, I’m delighted to announce I’ll be participating in KU’s Undergraduate Reading Series. I’ll be reading my nonfiction and poetry.

“The Undergraduate Reading Series showcases exceptional student work from the University of Kansas in a variety of genres…The KU Undergraduate Reading Series kicks off the spring semester with an evening of dazzling student work! Come join us for an evening filled with engrossing poetry, fiction, and short plays. Our February event features the following talented undergraduate writers:

Katherine Hoven
Nadia Imafidon
Shannon Thompson
Justin Wheatley
& more TBA”

If you’re in Kansas this upcoming Wednesday (Feb. 6th), I’d love to see some of you there (and meet!) but I understand many of you don’t live in Kansas or have free time. Both of these links have information: Facebook event & GoodReads event.

Special thanks to poet, Megan Kaminski, for making all of this possible. Read her interview on the Poetry Foundation here.

~SAT

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