Shana Gorian


Shana Gorian is the author of the Rosco the Rascal series, chapter books for kids 6+ in which a sometimes rascally German shepherd uses his steadfast heroic nature to help his pals, brother and sister James and Mandy, find adventure and overcome obstacles.

Shana grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and the real Rosco the Rascal - her fun-loving German shepherd who constantly inspires new stories.

You can find the other books in the Rosco the Rascal series on Amazon and can join Shana's email list for giveaways and new releases at

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA in the 1970's and 80's in a comfortable, middle class household. I had so much freedom and so many opportunities to grow my imagination on a daily basis, playing outdoors with the kids in my neighborhood, climbing trees, building club houses, running through the woods. My stories certainly evoke that sense of freedom, which is so much harder for kids to come by these days. But my hope is that kids get that sense of freedom and possibility from my books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Amazon Marketing Services ads, posting on Twitter, offering a free ebook for subscribing to my email list
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Where to find Shana Gorian online

Where to buy in print


Rosco the Rascal
The Rosco the Rascal series follows the adventures of a sometimes rascally but always lovable German shepherd who uses his heroic nature to help his pals, James and Mandy, face their fears and overcome life's obstacles. The stories are aimed at kids ages 6-10 and can be enjoyed in any order. Any books not available here can be found on Amazon.


Rosco the Rascal at the St. Patrick's Day Parade
Series: Rosco the Rascal. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,110. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Rosco and Sparks are marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade accompanied by Rosco's owners, James and Mandy. But Mandy thinks the leprechauns have jinxed her with bad luck, so when Sparks goes missing, what will it take for Rosco and the kids to find him? And will James be able to help Mandy restore her good luck, or will the leprechauns ruin her St. Patrick's Day?
Rosco the Rascal Goes to Camp
Series: Rosco the Rascal. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,660. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
Brother and sister James and Mandy are off to summer camp. Their German shepherd, Rosco, is joining them for a week of archery, canoeing, swimming, and campfires. But Mandy is becoming homesick, James must deal with a prank-playing bunk mate, and Rosco finds trouble where he least expected it. Will they be able to overcome it all and make the most of their week at camp?

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