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Shannon Muir knew she wanted to write since the age of ten, inspired by teachers who considered her elementary school work worthy of being displayed among the school's best at local mall exhibitions. Over the years, she learned to perfect her craft at both scriptwriting and prose, earning a double BA in Radio-TV and English from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, where she considers her hometown. She also received honorable mention for two years in the National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho Student Production Awards for her short film scripts FROM THE FATAL HEART and SHATTERED. Shannon moved to Los Angeles in 1996, where she became a production professional in the animation and virtual world industries, as well as a writer of animation scripts. From those experiences, Shannon wrote the books GARDNER'S GUIDE TO WRITING AND PRODUCING ANIMATION and GARDNER'S GUIDE TO PITCHING AND SELLING ANIMATION. In 2005, Shannon Muir received her MA in Communications from California State University, Fullerton, where her thesis explored the effectiveness of animated characters as spokespeople, and its TV-Film Society gave honorable mention to her live action screenplay ETERNAL ENCORE, now being adapted into a novel. She's also published fiction, first on the now-folded website ezine MOCHA MEMOIRS and then as part of the ARIA KALSAN: MYSTERIES OF THE FUTURE anthology and plans to continue working on fiction. For a decade she's also been the co-writer of the webcomic FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY; lyrics and history of the webcomic are covered in the book FLYING GLORY FLASHBACK. Her fiction includes novels THE PHOENIX RISES, HALF TRUTH AND FULL LYE, THE HEART'S DUTY and TOUCH THE STARS, along with the short story and poetry anthologies SEARCH FOR A WOMAN and AT THE END OF INNOCENCE'S ROAD. Shannon is a member of the Animation Writers Caucus of the Writers Guild of America West.