Shannon Muir

Biography

SHANNON MUIR's prose encourages readers to "uncover the mystery of character," with an emphasis on mystery, New Pulp and noir, and related genre fiction. She’s also known for writing animation scripts and for textbooks written based on her experience in the animation industry.

Her latest suspenseful mystery releases are "Tropical Terror" in CRIME DOWN ISLAND and "Hidden History" in EXPLORER PULP. She's also written "Tragic Like a Torch Song” in THE DAME DID IT from Pro Se Press, the short story “Meeting the Monster” in the Emby Press anthology SUPERHERO MONSTER HUNTER: THE GOOD FIGHT, the Single Shot New Pulp tale “Ghost of the Airwaves,” preceded by her debut genre fiction story “Pretty as a Picture” in the anthology NEWSHOUNDS. From her personal self-published projects, best known titles in this area include the rural-noir inspired THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA and the MYANNA MOORE web serials now being released as e-book compilations.

She also emphasizes character psychology in her self-published fiction, which encompasses a variety of genres. Her most recent release in the self-published vein is the compilation of her romantic suspense web serial DREAMER SHORES. Other self-published projects include THE PHOENIX COLLECTION (combining THE PHOENIX RISES and THE PHOENIX BURNS); THE HEART'S DUTY COLLECTION (including the previously published THE HEART'S DUTY and TOUCH THE STARS). She's also author of FOR THE LOVE OF AIRAGOS and A SPONTANEOUS KIND OF HOLIDAY. 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 fifteen 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.

She is also known as administrator of the blogs THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF and INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS, under which she also manages branded books as part of her self-publishing efforts.

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, library technician studies, and most recently a certificate earned with distinction in General Business with Emphasis in Marketing from UCLA Extension. Besides working in animation production, Shannon has written television scripts for animation. She is married to FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY collaborator and fellow New Pulp and animation writer Kevin Paul Shaw Broden. They live in California in the United States.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Shannon Muir online


Books

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 December 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?
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
Willowbrook Saga: Through the Generations
Series: Willowbrook Saga Collection, Book 1 · Willowbrook Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 215,430. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The personal mysteries of four women over multiple generations converge until working together to reveal their individual hidden truths collectively brings a twisted town to its knees. This book collects the two prequels, along with the first two books in THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA, originally released as individual e-books into a single volume.
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.

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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.