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 most recent genre fiction release is the story "Pretty as a Picture," her New Pulp debut in the anthology NEWSHOUNDS from Pro Se Productions. New adult focused series and collections books include THE PHOENIX COLLECTION (combining THE PHOENIX RISES and THE PHOENIX BURNS), THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA which begins with the prequel BY THE WILLOW BROOK and continues through EVERYTHING CHANGES, DOWN TO THE ROOTS and FILL THE INNER CIRCLE, as well as the TRUTH REVEALED series that starts with the prequel SEEDS OF TRUTH, followed by HALF TRUTH AND FULL LYE and continuing with ON THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH. She's also author of THE HEART'S DUTY COLLECTION and FOR THE LOVE OF AIRAGOS. 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 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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Books

Seeds of Truth
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Series: Truth Revealed · Spontaneous Choices. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,870. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Young Firinne Knox doesn't understand a strange gift that appears to have woken up that lets her see into other people's pasts, while she can't recall any memories from her own. Her grandmother Darbhail promises to help train her, but one fateful night Firinne's troubled sleep and untrained skills bring out her mother's own troubled history, just as her life is about to change.
The Heart's Duty Collection
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Series: Spontaneous Choices. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 192,600. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
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
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,350. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - 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
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Series: Spontaneous Choices. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,200. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
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.
By The Willow Brook
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Series: Willowbrook Saga. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,790. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
This prequel sets the stage for the Willowbrook Saga showing that the town's unusual ways do not begin in the 1980s. Teenager Mona Williams finds that her married English teacher Albert Rawlins has eyes for her in World War II Willowbrook. Combined with personal family turmoil, Mona finds herself sucked into the future she wanted to avoid and gives up on escape until she meets Irving Greymont.
The Phoenix Collection
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Series: Spontaneous Choices. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,140. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
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!
On the Search for Truth
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Series: Truth Revealed, Book 2 · Spontaneous Choices. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,610. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Aidin Moore is haunted by visions and also begins to receive mental contact from the family babysitter named Marva, and starts to realize there is far more going on than she imagined - and she may not be who she thinks - in this new adult paranormal series about two people with mental powers destined to be in love but kept apart by people with dangerous schemes.
Fill the Inner Circle
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Series: Willowbrook Saga, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,490. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
After losing Angie Harrison, Cherie Daniels makes a new friend named Lisa Allen who is a lot like her. Everything seems fine until something happens to Lisa at a school event and Bill Caldwell, the boy that Cherie secretly likes, is blamed for it. Cherie’s determined to find out the truth of what happened to Bill, even if it costs her a friendship.
The Phoenix Burns
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Series: Spontaneous Choices. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,880. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Category: 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.
Down to the Roots
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Series: Willowbrook Saga, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,960. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
More family secrets for the Harrisons are unveiled as Angie ends up living at the Daniels and a supposed brother appears in town. A freshman English project about family turns up skeletons in the closet for many. Angie learns new things about her own past that open her up to a forbidden relationship followed by consequences and choices.
Everything Changes
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Series: Willowbrook Saga, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,350. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Willowbrook is a town where a past of agriculture and pioneer medicine collide with a town moving forward in state of the art commerce and healthcare. With the changing times have come changing ideas that lay hidden in the dark for many years which these two families will begin to bring to light. The series explores women trying to build their own identities against a town's expectations.
The Phoenix Rises
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Series: Spontaneous Choices. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,540. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » 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
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,170. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
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.
At the End of Innocence's Road: An Anthology of Stories and Poems Covering the Journey from Childhood to Old Age
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,730. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - 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.
Half Truth and Full Lye
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Series: Truth Revealed, Book 1 · Spontaneous Choices. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,990. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
NaNoWriMo 2011 book. Last updated 2011-11-22 11:13:42
Goal reached!
Truth Knox searches to find out the truth about her family when the man she believes to be her father returns to town with his charming assistant Lye in this new adult paranormal series about two people with mental powers destined to be in love but kept apart by people with dangerous schemes.
Search for a Woman: An Anthology of Stories and Poems Looking at Women from All Walks of Life
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,430. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - 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.