Shannon Muir

Biography

SHANNON MUIR's fiction is both to entertain as well as explore issues of the the human condition and female identity, primarily with female protagonists. The genres she focuses in include mystery, fantasy, science fiction, as well as thought-provoking stories in contemporary settings.

Her latest releases are "Tragic Like a Torch Song" in THE DAME DID IT from Pro Se Press, and the short story "Meeting the Monster" in the Emby Press anthology SUPERHERO MONSTER HUNTER: THE GOOD FIGHT. She also has genre fiction work with Pro Se Press including the Single Shot New Pulp tale"Ghost of the Airwaves," preceded by her debut genre fiction story "Pretty as a Picture" in the anthology NEWSHOUNDS. From her personal self-published projects, series and collections books include THE PHOENIX COLLECTION (combining THE PHOENIX RISES and THE PHOENIX BURNS); THE HEART'S DUTY COLLECTION (including the previously published THE HEART'S DUTY and TOUCH THE STARS); THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA; as well as the TRUTH REVEALED SERIES (coming in a single volume in 2016). She's also author of FOR THE LOVE OF AIRAGOS and A SPONTANEOUS KIND OF HOLIDAY. Anthologies of short fiction and poetry are LIVES REFLECTED, AT THE END OF INNOCENCE'S ROAD and SEARCH FOR A WOMAN. She's also written textbooks based on her animation experience entitled GARDNER'S GUIDE TO WRITING AND PRODUCING ANIMATION and GARDNER'S GUIDE TO PITCHING AND SELLING ANIMATION. Also available is a book collecting all her full lyrics as well as the history of the FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY webcomic over its first ten years, entitled FLYING GLORY FLASHBACK. Her first published story was in the anthology ARIA KALSAN: MYSTERIES OF THE FUTURE. She has also been co-writing and providing all of the in-story lyrics for the webcomic FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY since it debuted in 2001.

Shannon holds a BA in Radio-TV and English from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, which she considers to be her hometown. She also holds an MA in Communications from California State University, Fullerton, along with additional education in screenwriting, project management, and library technician studies. Besides working in animation production, Shannon has written television scripts for animation. She is married to FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY collaborator Kevin Paul Shaw Broden, and lives in California in the United States.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started seriously writing in the fifth grade after some poetry I wrote got enough attention from my teacher to be featured in a student mall exhibition. In sixth grade my teacher made us write weekly stories with our spelling words. When mine regularly became among the best read to the class each week, I decided it might be something worth getting serious about.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I see my birthplace and hometown as two different things. Though born in California, my father was in the Navy, and we would also go on to live in Japan and Hawaii before he retired. After his retirement, we moved to Cheney, Washington, to be near his family. So I went from an early childhood in foreign lands and exotic cultures to teenage years in a college town in Eastern Washington with a main street that had only a couple stoplights, where I remained until moving to Los Angeles in 1996. I believe that my wide exposure to varied culture, geography and ideas gives me the freedom to explore people from a wide variety of backgrounds and set stories in varied settings. THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA novels are set in a fictional town similar to ones found in Eastern Washington with its own little twists, while my first novel TOUCH THE STARS takes place in Los Angeles.
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Where to find Shannon Muir online


Books

Snowblinded by Love
Series: Romantic Spontaneous Choices ยท Spontaneous Choices. Pre-release—available September 1, 2016. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Some people from Marnie's work have decided to go skiing at a resort. She discovers that Zane Brighton will also be there, a male nurse she met at the hospital she met the prior Christmas. While Marnie and Zane look to explore new possibilities, little do they know someone from Zane's past has also followed them to the resort. Can Marnie win Zane's heart, or will his past prevail?
Half Truth, Full Lye, Chased By Darque: The Truth Revealed Series
Pre-release—available June 1, 2016. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Follow the complete adventures of Firinne "Truth" Knox - a woman with mysterious gifts following her passions and finding danger along the way. Collection includes the previously published prequel SEEDS OF TRUTH, plus the first two published books, as well as two more books never previously released. The complete tale in one collection!
Willowbrook Saga: Through the Generations
Series: Willowbrook Saga. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 215,310. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Follow the women influenced by the cultural of a fictional small town with dark secrets from pioneer days, down to World War II through the 1960s and 1970s and starting to come to a head in the 1990s. This book brings together the previously published BY THE WILLOW BROOK, BEYOND THE WILLOW BROOK, EVERYTHING CHANGES, and DOWN TO THE ROOTS as a single collection, plus bonus material.
The Dame Did It
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,120. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2015 by Pro Se Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Pro Se Productions presents a collection of new stories wrapped in the shadows of Noir and definitely Hard Boiled with a feminine touch. Authors Joel Jenkins, Christofer Nigro, Shannon Muir, and Percival Constantine deliver two-fisted, gun shooting hard core action in these blood-soaked pages, and each tale revolves around a woman.
Ghost of the Airwaves
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,550. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2015 by Pro Se Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Historical » USA
Ghost of the Airwaves is the suspenseful tale of radio actress Abigail Hanson, whose husband died under mysterious circumstances. Everyone believes the culprit is caught until a mysterious typed letter from "Ghost of the Airwaves" comes through her mail slot. Abigail becomes determined to find out who killed her husband and uses her own observant eye to help coax the police along.
A Spontaneous Kind of Holiday
Series: Spontaneous Choices. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,090. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
After losing her parents in a cruise accident, Marnie Hawklin has made her life extremely routine and predictable. She's also ended up distant from her sister Tessa, who quit talking to the family years earlier. One holiday season, Marnie finds herself pressured to help serve Christmas Eve dinners at a local community center. How will this one spontaneous act change her holiday... and her life?
The Heart's Duty Collection
Series: Spontaneous Choices. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 192,600. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Three generations of women who make choices fueled by passion, and others influenced by them are in THE HEART'S DUTY COLLECTION. Includes four novel length stories - from new to previously released. Collects DISCOVERING THE HEART'S DUTY, THE HEART'S DUTY, REDEFINING THE HEART'S DUTY, and TOUCH THE STARS - A STORY OF THE HEART'S DUTY. Part of the SPONTANEOUS CHOICES collection.
Lives Reflected: Stories and Poems Looking Back At Choices Made In Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,930. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
This eleven short story and twelve poem collection of works by Shannon Muir include many glimpses into the worlds of her series WILLOWBROOK SAGA, TRUTH REVEALED, THE HEART'S DUTY, and THE PHOENIX COLLECTION, yet are completely enjoyable on their own.
For the Love of Airagos
Series: Spontaneous Choices. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,200. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Heather Candor grew up playing RPGs with her friend Abe and a regular group of college friends, but Abe mysteriously disappeared. Years later,getting away from the world and getting immersed in MMOGs, old mysteries revive and reveal that they are pieces in a larger game for another race to come to Earth. Ultimately it takes an acceptance of love, at times lust, and destiny to save two worlds.
The Phoenix Collection
Series: Spontaneous Choices. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,510. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Two books for one great price! This collection brings together THE PHOENIX RISES and the PHOENIX BURNS into a single volume. This is part of the SPONTANEOUS CHOICES collection, which feature women fueled by passion!
The Phoenix Burns
Series: Spontaneous Choices. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,860. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
NaNoWriMo 2012 book. Last updated 2012-11-29 22:46:11
Goal reached!
After her father's unexpected death not long after Cassandra's eighteenth birthday, she's left to take care of her ailing mother and her younger siblings without much to pay the bills. The one thing left is her father's half finished novel, so she takes it upon herself to complete his book, which changes her own future in the process.
The Phoenix Rises
Series: Spontaneous Choices. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,540. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Dawn, a middle age reference librarian, gets lessons in love and life when the library takes on its first intern, a young man named Stern. However, her spontaneous choices are not without consequences.
Flying Glory Flashback: Celebrating 10 Years of the Lyrics, Words, and History Behind the Webcomic FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,150. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A complete text-only book of lyrics, along with the evolution of the storyline's history, for a webcomic about a group of teen musicians who also happen to be superheroes which celebrated a 10th anniversary milestone in June of 2011. Also contains backstory on then unpublished Graphic Novel THE GIFT, released online beginning August 2015.
At the End of Innocence's Road: An Anthology of Stories and Poems Covering the Journey from Childhood to Old Age
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,730. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
In this value-priced book comprised some of material from the author archives and mainly new material written for this collection, sample a wide variety of ideas all brought together under the common theme of the ages and stages of life.
Search for a Woman: An Anthology of Stories and Poems Looking at Women from All Walks of Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,420. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
An anthology of short stories and poems looking at women from all walks of life. This book does contain some adult themes and occasional language.

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Smashwords book reviews by Shannon Muir

  • That Mama is a Grouch on Nov. 24, 2011

    I do not have children yet myself, but have worked in the business of children's entertainment and love reading. Sherry Ellis and her sense if music and rhyme as a musician come out nicely in this effectively told story. Most of the pages are full size illustrations. However about two thirds of the way through there are a couple pages where art filled the top half of the page and the lower is all white - it was slightly jarring. The art is fairly good quality overall, despite this minor note.
  • That Mama is a Grouch on Nov. 24, 2011

    I do not have children yet myself, but have worked in the business of children's entertainment and love reading. Sherry Ellis and her sense if music and rhyme as a musician come out nicely in this effectively told story. Most of the pages are full size illustrations. However about two thirds of the way through there are a couple pages where art filled the top half of the page and the lower is all white - it was slightly jarring. The art is fairly good quality overall, despite this minor note.