Shannon O'Neil


While other third graders were falling in love with recess and cartoons, Shannon O’Neil was falling in love with the art of writing. Given the ability to create entire worlds with the flick of a pen, O’Neil embarked on a journey to entertain the masses with her talent and skill. With the second edition of her debut novel, I’ll Be Home for Christmas hitting the shelves just in time for the 2009 holiday season and a sequel on the way, O’Neil is a star on the rise in the local and national writing scene.

Fueled by the unique spirit of her hometown, St. Augustine, Fla., O’Neil spent her first eighteen years honing her writing skills and, along the way, picked up a few accolades to show for it. In addition to the several articles and letters that were printed in local publications, Shannon was also awarded first prize in The St. Augustine Record’s Christmas story contest in 2000.

She completed her tenure as Editor-in-Chief of The Falcon Flyer at Menendez High School in 2003 when she graduated with honors and went on to achieve the second goal she dreamed up in the third grade–to attend Florida State University.

After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from FSU, O’Neil returned to St. Augustine in the fall of 2008. Facing the struggles of a sinking economy like everyone else, O’Neil found herself unemployed. So she turned back to her dreams of writing and penned her first novel in a few short months.

Released through in November of 2008, Ancient City Christmas sold nearly a hundred copies in its first run. Readjusted, renamed and retooled, the novel is now headed out again through a larger publisher with a larger target audience. Pick up your copy today online at or or request a copy in your local bookstore.

When she manages to tear herself away from her writing, O’Neil enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading some of her favorite authors, listening to music and of course, following her beloved Florida State Seminoles with reckless abandon.

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