Shannon Muir

Biography

SHANNON MUIR focuses on mystery, New Pulp and noir, and fiction featuring contemporary women in a range of situations. The style of her fiction is both to entertain as well as explore issues of the human condition and female identity, primarily with female protagonists, though some stories she writes do feature male leads. She's also known for textbooks written based on her experience in the animation industry.

Her latest releases are "Tragic Like a Torch Song" in THE DAME DID IT from Pro Se Press, and the short story "Meeting the Monster" in the Emby Press anthology SUPERHERO MONSTER HUNTER: THE GOOD FIGHT. She also has genre fiction work with Pro Se Press including 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 include the rural-noir inspired THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA and THE TRUTH REVEALED SAGA (soon to be collected and re-released as the prequel collection for a continuing series called THE MYANNA MYSTERIES).

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, along with her DISCOVER WORDS vlogs.

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 writer Kevin Paul Shaw Broden. They live in California in the United States.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Shannon Muir online


Books

Infinite House of Books: Five Years of Lessons Learned from Book Blogging
Series: Infinite House of Books. Pre-release—available April 20, 2017. Price: $0.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
Author Shannon Muir looks back at the first five years of her book blog site, INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS. She talks about how she came to start the site, her experiences at Book Expo America 2013, and how the site played a role in her motivation to advance her own prose writing career. The book also features all the content from the INFINITERECIPE and INFINITEADVENTURES features, plus new stuff!
Half Truth, Full Lye, Chased By Darque - Truth Revealed Series: A Myanna Mysteries Prequel Collection
Series: Myanna Mysteries. Pre-release—available March 1, 2017. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Myanna Moore, an investigator potentially with paranormal powers, must see the full past of her mother Firinne "Truth" Knox to catch an elusive criminal. Collection includes the previously published prequel plus the first two published books, as well as books and novellas never previously released. The complete tale and more in one collection as a prequel to Myanna's mysteries!
Discover Words...: A Companion Guide to the Video Log Series from Infinite House of Books
Series: Infinite House of Books. Pre-release—available February 1, 2017. Price: $0.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Essay » Literature, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Author Shannon Muir provides this video companion book including the making of and additional details about her video log series companion to the blog INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS. The book also includes several new short stories by Shannon Muir that tie into the theme of discovering life through the power of words, including a mystery story featuring a woman teaching online writing courses.
Snowblinded by Love
Series: Romantic Spontaneous Choices · Spontaneous Choices. Pre-release—available January 31, 2017. Price: $2.99 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?
The Pulp and Mystery Shelf: My Introduction to Genre and Mystery Fiction
Series: The Pulp and Mystery Shelf. Pre-release—available September 30, 2016. Price: $0.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Essay » Literature, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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 decided to do a blog featuring her fellow authors. Additionally, the collection includes a new mystery novellette that takes WILLOWBROOK SAGA's struggles into present day and launches the WILLOWBROOK MYSTERIES.
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. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 215,420. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Follow the women influenced by the cultural of a fictional small town with dark mysteries and secrets from pioneer days, down to World War II through the 1960s and 1970s and starting to come to a head in the 1990s. This book brings together the previously published BY THE WILLOW BROOK, BEYOND THE WILLOW BROOK, EVERYTHING CHANGES, and DOWN TO THE ROOTS as a single collection, plus bonus material.
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. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,720. 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. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 192,600. 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 THE HEART'S DUTY 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 - A STORY OF THE HEART'S DUTY. Part of the SPONTANEOUS CHOICES collection.
Lives Reflected: Stories and Poems Looking Back At Choices Made In Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,930. 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, TRUTH REVEALED, 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. 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.
The Phoenix Collection: The Phoenix Rises and The Phoenix Burns
Series: Spontaneous Choices · Spontaneous Choices Adventures. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,670. 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 collection, which feature women fueled by passion!
At the End of Innocence's Road: An Anthology of Stories and Poems Covering the Journey from Childhood to Old Age
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,730. 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,420. 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.