SHANNON MUIR's prose encourages readers to "uncover the mystery of character," with an emphasis on mystery, New Pulp and noir, science fiction, and fantasy. She’s also known for writing animation scripts and for textbooks written based on her experience in the animation industry, now out of print, entitled GARDNER'S GUIDE TO WRITING AND PRODUCING ANIMATION and GARDNER'S GUIDE TO PITCHING AND SELLING ANIMATION.
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.
She is also known as administrator of the blogs THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF and the feature SHANNON MUIR'S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS at her official blog, 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.
She is married to FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY collaborator and fellow author Kevin Paul Shaw Broden. They live in California in the United States.
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.
While the drama unfolds in 1990s Willowbrook, Mona Williams has married and become the well-known author M. Birdie Greymont. Living in relative isolation in the Pacific Northwest, events unfold that make her realize it is her time to return to Willowbrook and make a difference. This novelette sets up the events that will lead to her return to the town she never thought she'd see again.
The Spontaneous Choices brand of stories from Shannon Muir has a long history, including serial storytelling to book series and back again. Find out how Shannon's "spontaneous choices" affected her writing. Includes the short story "End of Summer," and Caitlin Blacke and her friends start a new life chapter, both originally in serial form on SHANNON MUIR'S HOUSE OF BOOKS, and a new story.
A collection of short stories with mystery and romance at the core. Presented by THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF SHORTS FROM THE SHELF, part of SHANNON MUIR'S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF. Includes stories featuring characters in some of Shannon's other writing, including Breah, Phoenix, as well as Doonah Cross.
Who was Myanna's mentor? What was life like when they still worked together? This Prelude answers those questions. Included are "Another New Start," originally serialized on Goodreads and with an ending exclusive to this e-book, and "Taking One for the Champ" originally on the website SHANNON MUIR'S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF.
Shannon Muir takes readers behind the scenes of the evolution of her blog feature, OWN YOUR OWN TALE, and what she learned along the way. This comes with the story, "A Second LaChance," which originally appeared in 16 installments on her blog but here is a complete tale and an opening and ending exclusive to this book.
Follow Breah in all her adventures from learning about the ocean community of Dreamer Shores, to discovering love and heartache. This box set collection includes not only the SPONTANEOUS CHOICES ADVENTURES stories DREAMER SHORES, RETURN TO DREAMER SHORES, and MYSTERIES IN DREAMER SHORES but also the short fiction piece WHISPERS OF DREAMER SHORES previously only available on Goodreads.
Everyone's entitled to secrets... until someone decides they aren't. Marnie's tried to hide her past from everyone, including her family.. However, when an unexpected package shows up, Marnie and Zane realize they will need to go back to the town where their relationship took its first steps, Marnie needs to discover who wants her to tell the truth, and Marnie and Tessa both get a surprise.
Breah and Olly have now lived together for a few months in Dreamer Shores, but Breah remains haunted by secrets she has not had the courage to share. Not being able to be honest with Olly makes her separate from him as she tries to sort out her life, only to make a spontaneous decision with difficult consequences.
Before Marnie and Zane could embark on mysteries together, they first needed to find each other on the difficult to navigate road to romance. This collects their first meeting around Christmas through Leap Year and their struggle to get together in the previously released SPONTANEOUS KIND OF HOLIDAY, SPONTANEOUS KIND OF ROMANCE, and SPONTANEOUS KIND OF MYSTERY in a convenient box set collection.
Marnie's newfound cousin Blake encourages her and Sophia to meet his childhood friend Suzette, who runs a coffee shop and now stages poetry readings. Sophia agrees to come, and Marnie reluctantly gets Zane to come along to an event. The next morning, they hear an employee is found dead and they are called in as witnesses... and the outcome may affect their relationships forever.
A collection of short tales looking at the dark side of fame and its deadly consequences, presented by THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF SHORTS FROM THE SHELF as part of SHANNON MUIR'S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF website.
This electronic box set brings together three books: THE PHOENIX RISES, THE PHOENIX SOARS AND OTHER STORIES, and THE PHOENIX BURNS, presented in the chronological order they were meant to be read. THE PHOENIX RISES and THE PHOENIX BURNS are available as THE PHOENIX COLLECTION, but this value price e-book set contains the full tale!
Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. For Dawn and Stern and their families, those have already played out in THE PHOENIX RISES and THE PHOENIX BURNS (available together as THE PHOENIX COLLECTION). This group of short stories shows key players - Dawn, Stern, Phoenix, Arianne, Briar, Glee, and Jorra - and some events that happened to them in the time periods between those books.
Set generations before the events of FOR THE LOVE OF AIRAGOS, this prequel novelette tells of crucial moments in the life of Dishe, the slave breeder who rises to become Queen Consort of Airagos and mother to the characters that will ultimately rip the planet apart.
Breah's lived comfortably in secret for several months in Dreamer Shores, and befriends a young lady named Sophia. Now, the man she ran away from marrying finds her to come take her back. Breah knows he doesn't care for her, which presents mysteries. Why did he offer a cash reward for Breah's safe return when he clearly didn't love her? How did he find out she was in Dreamer Shores?
Zane Brighton opened up Marnie Hawklin's eyes to the possibility of love when they met in A SPONTANEOUS KIND OF HOLIDAY. In this follow-up collection of three short stories, Marnie struggles with taking those next steps toward meeting Zane, despite the encouragement of her friend Sophia. Distractions get in Marnie's way. Will Marnie and Zane be brought closer together or farther apart?
Sometimes the biggest mystery of all is unraveling your own past to catch your own demons. Myanna Moore learns what her paternal birth grandfather has been up to, and begins to realize what's at stake as she goes "Down a Darque Path" in this fifth part of the serial. Backed with new novelette, SHARDS OF TRUTH.
Author Shannon Muir looks back at the first five years of her book blog site, INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS, and how it ultimately integrated into her author site. 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. Also includes short fiction.
Four short 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.
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.
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".
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.
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 ROMANTIC SPONTANEOUS CHOICES that feature the same characters as they discover mystery and love are included.
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!
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.
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 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.
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 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 in this alternate history crime story. 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.
Marnie, Tessa and their newly discovered relative go on a ski trip together and discover that Zane Brighton will also be there, a male nurse Marnie met at the hospital the prior Christmas. While Marnie tries to get closer to Zane, little do they know someone from Zane's past is also there, along with danger. Can Marnie win Zane's heart, or will his past prevail in their struggling love story?
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.