Interview with Shannon Muir

Published 2017-06-07.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I actually enjoy Science Fiction and Fantasy most when it comes to my own reading. My father also reads a lot of the same and exposed me to it at a young age, so I think that was a big influence. Mystery is another genre I loved when I was young, but other than Tony Hillerman novels I fell away from it for quite a while. Today, I'm looking at mysteries and Noir novels from across the spectrum and amazed by all the diversity, and also exploring ways to combine all my genre passions in my writing.
Do you remember the first story that made an impact on you?
My father read my sister and I THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS as bedtime stories when we were relatively young. From those books, I learned not only a thirst for adventure, but a real desire to try and build a detailed world when I do my own writing. I completely admire the depth of the storyline Tolkien wove and how it all comes together.
What are you working on?
More stories in the Genre Fiction and New Pulp arena are now out from Pro Se Press in 2017. There's a suspense tale in EXPLORER PULP called "Hidden History," and a story called "Tropical Terror" in CRIME DOWN ISLAND which is loosely inspired by my own personal experiences of living through a hurricane in Hawaii in the 1980s. I've really enjoyed the stories I've done so far in the anthologies THE DAME DID IT and NEWSHOUNDS, plus my own short story "Ghost of the Airwaves," all of which are available on Smashwords. There is potential for additional stories through Pro Se Press, and those will be announced in due time as they develop.

As far as my indie projects, my goal is to get to the next collection of THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA out in 2017. What I'm actually planning on releasing first is THE WILLOWBROOK MYSTERIES CASE FILES #1, a group of stories set in present-day Willowbrook revolving around the chaos and disorder in the town following the Saga. I believe both series will be enjoyable if read independently, but each will complement the other.

MYANNA MOORE is a serialized set of stories based around a private investigator that I have started marketing under my PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF blog name. They actually feature the daughter of the lead of an older series I started launching but quit midway called the TRUTH REVEALED saga, and those older books serve as the backup features in the serialized e-books. I came to realize I really wanted to tell the daughter's stories. The older books will be re-released as bonus material to the MYANNA MOORE books. My hope is that these will eventually lead to full-length books featuring Myanna Moore.
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 do you feel that it had any influence on 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 other items I've written take place in Los Angeles.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There were two factors. One was that I suffered a long period of unemployment a couple years ago, and wanted to do things with all the time on my hands when I wasn't looking for work. I'd been freelancing other things off and on with projects for other people, but I decided I also wanted to start doing stuff directly and seeing what I could accomplish. More importantly, I realized that some stories stories I wanted to tell just wouldn't be mainstream enough for publishers, but I've had it on my heart for years to tell some of these stories (such as THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA, which traces its roots back to my own high school days for its earliest character development). So I followed my heart because I had the time to do so. Though I release less books now because I've been working, there are still things being worked on that will see the light of day. Now that I've started I'm not giving up, though I also enjoy working with other people and publishers as well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
What I enjoy most about writing is to be able to create various characters and explore what it would be like to live lives and face decisions that I myself probably never will face. I like to take a look at humanity's many facets and how nothing is really black and white. I enjoy when I'm writing and then all of a sudden a plot twist reveals itself I didn't plan and how it changes everything. The joy is in the discovery.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, you can usually find me immersed in playing LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE or reading a book. However, as my "day job" if you will, I do quality assurance of websites. Attention to detail is important in that line of work, as well as in writing.
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Latest books by This Author

Touched by the Willow Brook: A Novelette of the Willowbrook Saga
Series: Willowbrook Saga. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,210. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
While the drama unfolds in 1990s Willowbrook, Mona Williams has married and become the well-known author M. Birdie Greymont. Living in relative isolation in the Pacific Northwest, events unfold that make her realize it is her time to return to Willowbrook and make a difference. This novelette sets up the events that will lead to her return to the town she never thought she'd see again.
The Pulp and Mystery Shelf Thoughts from the Shelf: Includes Expanded Commentary Plus The Pulp and Mystery Shelf Shorts from the Shelf
Series: The Pulp and Mystery Shelf. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,830. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This e-book features expanded commentary into some of the best features from SHANNON MUIR'S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF blog, plus SHORTS FROM THE SHELF short stories.
Infinite House of Books Spontaneous Choices Shorts: A Journey in Storytelling
Series: Infinite House of Books. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,400. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
The Spontaneous Choices brand of stories from Shannon Muir has a long history, including serial storytelling to book series and back again. Find out how Shannon's "spontaneous choices" affected her writing. Includes the short story "End of Summer," and Caitlin Blacke and her friends start a new life chapter, both originally in serial form on SHANNON MUIR'S HOUSE OF BOOKS, and a new story.
Infinite House of Books - Own Your Own Tale: The Journey to Craft My Personal Adventure
Series: Infinite House of Books. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,910. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Essay » Author profile
Shannon Muir takes readers behind the scenes of the evolution of her blog feature, OWN YOUR OWN TALE, and what she learned along the way. This comes with the story, "A Second LaChance," which originally appeared in 16 installments on her blog but here is a complete tale and an opening and ending exclusive to this book.
Myanna Moore: Haunted by the Truth Prelude - "Another New Start"
Series: Myanna Moore: Haunted by the Truth · Pulp and Mystery Shelf Web Serial Compilations · Myanna Moore: Haunted by the Truth · The Pulp and Mystery Shelf. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Who was Myanna's mentor? What was life like when they still worked together? This Prelude answers those questions. Included are "Another New Start," originally serialized on Goodreads and with an ending exclusive to this e-book, and "Taking One for the Champ" originally on the website SHANNON MUIR'S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF.
Spontaneous Adventures in Dreamer Shores Complete Series
Series: Dreamer Shores. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,870. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Follow Breah in all her adventures from learning about the ocean community of Dreamer Shores, to discovering love and heartache. This box set collection includes not only the SPONTANEOUS CHOICES ADVENTURES stories DREAMER SHORES, RETURN TO DREAMER SHORES, and MYSTERIES IN DREAMER SHORES but also the short fiction piece WHISPERS OF DREAMER SHORES previously only available on Goodreads.
In Royale Peril: A Marnie and Zane Mystery
Series: Marnie and Zane Mysteries. Pre-release—available March 31, 2021. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Everyone's entitled to secrets... until someone decides they aren't. Marnie's tried to hide her past from everyone, including her family.. However, when an unexpected package shows up, Marnie and Zane realize they will need to go back to the town where their relationship took its first steps, Marnie needs to discover who wants her to tell the truth, and Marnie and Tessa both get a surprise.
Spontaneous Choices Adventures: Mysteries in Dreamer Shores
Series: Dreamer Shores · Infinite House of Books. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,560. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Breah and Olly have now lived together for a few months in Dreamer Shores, but Breah remains haunted by secrets she has not had the courage to share. Not being able to be honest with Olly makes her separate from him as she tries to sort out her life, only to make a spontaneous decision with difficult consequences.
Marnie and Zane's Spontaneous Choices Complete Series
Series: Marnie and Zane's Spontaneous Choices. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,220. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Before Marnie and Zane could embark on mysteries together, they first needed to find each other on the difficult to navigate road to romance. This collects their first meeting around Christmas through Leap Year and their struggle to get together in the previously released SPONTANEOUS KIND OF HOLIDAY, SPONTANEOUS KIND OF ROMANCE, and SPONTANEOUS KIND OF MYSTERY in a convenient box set collection.
Eternal Encore and Other Mysteries of the Heart
Series: The Pulp and Mystery Shelf Shorts From The Shelf · The Pulp and Mystery Shelf. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,560. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A collection of short stories with mystery and romance at the core. Presented by THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF SHORTS FROM THE SHELF, part of SHANNON MUIR'S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF. Includes stories featuring characters in some of Shannon's other writing, including Breah, Phoenix, as well as Doonah Cross.
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