Born and raised in the foothills of Colorado, Shannon’s writing is strongly influenced by nature and a nostalgia for the American West.
Her short stories have appeared in Slippery Elm, The Plaid Horse Magazine, The Copperfield Review, and more. She also has a short story in the Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem Anthology, edited by Kevin J. Anderson, which won the 2021 Colorado Book Award for Best Anthology. She has also authored a number of non-fiction articles and blogs for online and print publications. On the non-fiction side her work has appeared in Equine Journal, Dressage Daily, and Scientific American Mind Magazine, among others. She was previously an Assistant Editor at Narrative Magazine. Shannon regularly attends writing conferences and is also part of the best writing critique group on the planet (#TeamTornadoHouse – yes, we’re definitely getting jackets!)
Shannon is the owner of Minute Marketing, a marketing company based in San Diego, CA, that helps small business owners and Realtors save time with their marketing. You can check out more about her company here.
She attended school at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). She graduated with a B.A. in Literature-Writing and a minor in film studies. In 2011, she was selected as the Runner-Up for the Stewart Prize in Poetry by Pulitzer Prize-winner, Rae Armentrout. Shannon was part of the Literature Department Honors Program and also an editor on the inaugural issue of UCSD’s Alchemy Journal of Translation, a magazine of literature in translation. Several of her stories and poetry were published in the campus publication, Mania Magazine.
Shannon is also a competitive dressage rider and owns two wonderful horses. A USDF Silver and Bronze Medalist, Shannon has competed in the FEI (international) levels, through Intermediare I. She finds dancing with horses significantly easier than dancing on her own two feet. She lives in San Diego, CA, with her husband and two cats – one of whom may or may not be a demon in disguise. You can peep more of the animals on her Instagram. She is on a quest to travel to one new place every year.
Honors & Awards
2021 Colorado Book Award for Best Anthology for Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem (Contains Shannon’s Story “Hyde Park”)
2019 Honorable Mention 47th New Millennium Writing Awards in Flash Fiction for “Uncanny”
2018 Honorable Mention The Plaid Horse Prize in Fiction for “Homecoming” (The Plaid Horse)
Professional Conferences & Workshops
2022 Superstars Writing Seminars
2021 Historical Novel Society North American Conference
2020 Superstars Writing Seminars
2019 Fallbrook Writers’ Conference
2019 Superstars Writing Seminars
2018 Superstars Writing Seminars
2017 Writer’s Digest San Diego Writing Workshop
2017 San Diego State University (SDSU) Writers’ Conference
2014 San Francisco Writing Workshop With Tom Jenks