Monica Shaughnessy draws on her experience as a lifelong Texan by creating characters larger than the Lone Star State. Her works span multiple genres, including adult mystery/suspense, YA, middle grade, and picture book, but they all carry her signature offbeat style. If you're looking for something outside the mainstream, you'll find it in her work. When she's not slaying adverbs and polishing prose, she's either hanging out with her rescue dogs or stargazing in her backyard.
Describe your desk
Whoever said "A clean desk is a sign of a cluttered mind," never met me. Most days, my brain is as scattered as the papers that litter the top. On the upside, whatever I work on gets 100% of my mental focus (to the detriment of all else). What? The house is burning down? Come back in fifteen minutes after I finish this chapter.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
It almost doesn't matter where I grew up because I have a mother who loves books. She could've raised me on the moon or under a rock, and I would've still developed a reverence for words. But since you're asking, Texas (country and city).
Space City 6 is a collection of short stories from the Space City Scribes author collective. Meet merfolk, the Allen brothers, a WWII tank commander, and a whiskey-lovin', bloodthirsty jackalope. Survive an active shooter, face discrimination as a vampire, and explore the ruined tunnel system of Houston in the far future. Whether you like fantasy or realism, Space City 6 has a story for you
A teen with unusual communication skills goes on the run when she's framed for her brother's murder. In order to survive the Texas Hill Country during hunting season, she relies on a herd of white tailed deer for survival. But her secret may get them all killed.
A rich kid with a life-threatening sun allergy becomes the savior of his town when he receives a high-tech suit from his parents. Full of sci-fi fun and dazzling swordplay for action/adventure lovers, ages 9+.