Interview with Shannon Muir

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.
Published 2017-06-07.
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Books by This Author

A Taste of Romantic Spontaneous Choices: A Romantic Spontaneous Choices Collection presented by Infinite House of Books
Series: Spontaneous Choices · Romantic Spontaneous Choices · Infinite House of Books. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,350. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Four stories of near-misses as folks nearly lose out on love fill this collection. Three of them (“Fairytale Detours,” “Always Holding You Dear,” and “The Patterns of Life") revisit characters from the author's older anthologies and peek in on the status of their happy ever afters. The fourth, "Change of Perspective," is a new tale.
Stories of The Heart's Duty: A Short Story Collection
Series: Spontaneous Choices · Spontaneous Choices Adventures · Infinite House of Books · The Heart's Duty. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,960. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Caitlin Blacke is determined to change the destiny of generations of her family by "Rebelling Against The Heart's Duty," a story originally serialized on the web and now included here in its entirety. Also included are two new short stories, "Beta Testing a New Beginning" and "Shot in the Dark," along with three previously released tales related to THE HEART'S DUTY story line.
Myanna Moore: Haunted by the Truth Episode Four - "Chased by Darque"
Series: The Pulp and Mystery Shelf · Pulp and Mystery Shelf Web Serial Compilations · Myanna Moore: Haunted by the Truth, Book 4 · Myanna Moore. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,370. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Armed with the information she got from visiting a shop, suspense builds as Myanna confronts Pastor Watson about what really happened to his daughter that supposedly died in a car accident. After leaving, someone ambushes Myanna and makes her an offer to team up against Darque. This latest installment of the series is backed with ON THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH, where young Myanna Moore makes her debut.
Spontaneous Choices Adventures: Dreamer Shores
Series: Infinite House of Books Web Series Compilations · Infinite House of Books · Spontaneous Choices · Spontaneous Choices Adventures. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,050. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Breah runs from a past she desperately wants to escape. When her car runs out of gas at the seemingly idyllic ocean side town of Dreamer Shores, an artist sweeps he off her feet and she thinks a new life may be ahead... but new struggles may have just begin. This book compiles the first three installments previously on the web with a new fourth episode exclusively in this collection!
Myanna Moore: Haunted by the Truth Episode Three - "Unearthing Identity"
Series: Myanna Moore · Pulp and Mystery Shelf Web Serial Compilations · The Pulp and Mystery Shelf · Myanna Moore: Haunted by the Truth, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,590. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
This suspenseful installment of Myanna's story takes Myanna and her new traveling companion Nolan to an old shop where a blind man has the wisdom to see what each of them seeks. The backing story to this collection is the previously released HALF TRUTH AND FULL LYE, which begins the tale of Firinne "Truth" Knox and her exposure to the world Myanna ultimately grows up in.
Myanna Moore: Haunted by the Truth Episode Two - "Ghosts of the Past"
Series: Myanna Moore: Haunted by the Truth, Book 2 · Pulp and Mystery Shelf Web Serial Compilations · The Pulp and Mystery Shelf · Myanna Moore. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,210. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
This installment finds Myanna at the old estate where the grandfather of the woman who raised her committed terrible and twisted acts. While going to piece together the mystery of her own past, she finds someone else with her own interesting tale. The backing story to this collection is SEEDS OF TRUTH, a prequel novella set-up for the life of Firinne "Truth" Knox, the woman who raised Myanna Moore
Myanna Moore: Haunted by the Truth Episode One - "The Many Lives of Myanna Moore"
Series: Myanna Moore · Myanna Moore: Haunted by the Truth, Book 1 · Pulp and Mystery Shelf Web Serial Compilations · The Pulp and Mystery Shelf. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,290. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Myanna Moore became a private investigator to help others after escaping her own complicated childhood. She thought all of her own personal issues had been resolved, but new clues surface to show her this is far from the case, and she must untangle this suspensful web to survive. Contains the Part One serial as released on the web, plus new prologue and three prior published short stories.
Discover Words: A Companion Guide to the Video Log Series from Infinite House of Books Featuring Analysis, Insights, and Romantic Spontaneous Choices Fiction
Series: Infinite House of Books · Bry and Blake · Romantic Spontaneous Choices · Infinite House of Books Guides. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,310. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2017. Categories: Essay » Literature, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Author Shannon Muir provides insight to the making of and additional details about her video log series companion to the blog INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS in this mini-guide. It also includes her reflections on the power of social media and blogging. In addition, two new stories are included that introduce ROMANTIC SPONTANEOUS CHOICES couple Bry and Blake.
Flying Glory Flashback - 15th Anniversary Edition: Celebrating 15 Years of the Lyrics, Words, and History Behind the Webcomic Flying Glory and the Hounds of Glory
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,010. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Updated 15th anniversary text-only book of lyrics, along with the evolution of a webcomic storyline about a group of teen musicians who also happen to be superheroes which celebrates a 15th anniversary milestone in June of 2016. Also contains character bios and timeline, and full information and added lyrics for the online Graphic Novel THE GIFT, released online beginning August 2015.
The Pulp and Mystery Shelf: My Introduction to Genre and Mystery Fiction
Series: The Pulp and Mystery Shelf. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,910. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2017. Categories: Essay » Literature, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Genre and Mystery writer Shannon Muir, who also administrates the blog THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF, gives personal insights on the field, how she became a part of it, and then the first year of launching a blog focused on it. Additionally, the collection includes a mystery short story called "First Deadly Hollywood Break".
Willowbrook Saga: Through the Generations
Series: Willowbrook Saga Collection, Book 1 · Willowbrook Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 215,420. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The disappearance of a lawyer in the 1940s plants the seed to expose the town's secrets through the generations. Everything comes to a head in the 1990s when a genealogy essay assigned by English teacher Esther Rawlins starts to unravel hidden mysteries and turns some of her students into sleuths seeking to learn what happened to a teenage girl who also went missing in the 1940s.
Snowblinded by Love: A Marnie and Zane Story
Series: Romantic Spontaneous Choices · Spontaneous Choices · Infinite House of Books · Marnie and Zane, Book 1. Pre-release—available August 31, 2017. Price: $0.99 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 in this novella?
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 · Spontaneous Choices Adventures · Infinite House of Books · Marnie and Zane. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,730. 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 · Spontaneous Choices Adventures · Infinite House of Books · The Heart's Duty. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 191,380. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Three generations of women who make choices fueled by passion, and others influenced by them are in this 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 into a narrative about self-discovery. Part of the SPONTANEOUS CHOICES ADVENTURES collection.
Lives Reflected: Stories and Poems Looking Back At Choices Made In Life
Series: Infinite House of Books. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,990. 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, THE HEART'S DUTY, and THE PHOENIX COLLECTION, yet are completely enjoyable on their own.
For the Love of Airagos
Series: Spontaneous Choices · Spontaneous Choices Adventures · Infinite House of Books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,380. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » 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.
By The Willow Brook: A Prequel to the Willowbrook Saga
Series: Willowbrook Saga. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,860. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
This prequel sets the stage for the Willowbrook Saga showing that the town's web of explotation does not begin in the 1990s. Teenager Mona Williams finds that her married English teacher Albert Rawlins has eyes for her in World War II Willowbrook. Combined with 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: The Phoenix Rises and The Phoenix Burns
Series: Spontaneous Choices · Spontaneous Choices Adventures · Infinite House of Books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,860. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
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 ADVENTURES collection presented by INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS, which feature women fueled by passion that may lead to consequences!
At the End of Innocence's Road: An Anthology of Stories and Poems Covering the Journey from Childhood to Old Age
Series: Infinite House of Books. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,660. 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
Series: Infinite House of Books. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,460. 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.