Welcome to the Author Spotlight!
I first met Shannon through our ACFW local chapter (ACFW Dakotas,) and was so pleased to be able to finally meet her in person at the Mississippi River Readers Retreat in July. We authors had a writing retreat the few days before MRRR, and it was a great opportunity to fellowship and learn to know each other better.
Her newest book, Elinor, is available for pre-order, and will be released next month! (hint - click on the title to go to Amazon for a free preview of the book!)
Welcome, Shannon! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Raised in the lower Midwest, transplanted to the Deep South, and now loving the Northern Plains! Also a military wife, homeschooling mother of many (all but one are graduated now), mother-in-love to three (almost four!), grammie to four this side of heaven, youth and worship leader. I write historical fiction but for years my focus was fantasy.
If you had to choose, and why:
Cake or Ice Cream?
… pie. Or cheesecake.
Not the answer you looked for? Cake. I think. Especially if it’s dense and moist like a pumpkin roll or pound cake. (Angel food is also good. Or Texas cake. Or Mississippi Mud…) It’s a tough choice! I shouldn’t have either, being diabetic trying to stay under control via diet, but ice cream seems to jack my sugar faster than cake.
Summer or Winter?
I’m a Spring/Fall girl. 😊
Seriously, that’s entirely dependent on the region. 😊 In the north, I have to say summer. For the most part, excepting the drought this past summer, North Dakota summers are gloriously beautiful. But I actually don’t mind snow!
City or Country?
Country, hands down … some aspects are definitely harder, but I love the space, getting out into nature, the slower pace.
Who is your favorite character from your current Work in Progress?
It’s a little early to tell, but so far, my young Native heroine of the upcoming Mary—Mushaniq, fictional daughter of Manteo of the Croatoan, an Algonquian-speaking people of late sixteenth century southeastern North America.
What does your writing space look like?
I’ve taken over half of an upstairs bedroom that formerly served as my sewing and craft area but was mostly just piled with storage and clutter. 😊 The carpet is still very pink (oh, so 90’s!) but we painted the walls in two shades of blue. One wall is covered with an old 60’s tapestry of horses in a pasture, which my mom had hanging in the house I grew up in. It’s very peaceful and I love it! And then a nice oak desk and hutch for doing taxes etc. An old stuffed rocker of a not-terrible shade of yellow, with a funky old coffee table next to me piled with various papers and containers of shells and other beach detritus from my last two research trips. (I am, sadly, a piler but trying slowly to reform.) A nice house plant and several original works of art by my daughters complete the extremely cluttered and bohemian look.
What are you reading right now?
The Shock of Night by Patrick Carr. I’d started it a very long time ago and not finished for various reasons, but just decided it was high time to tackle it again. (It’s the first of a trilogy.)
What is at the top of your bucket list?
Well, since I had the unexpected joy this summer of fulfilling not just one but TWO bucket-list items—accompanying my husband out of country (he’s been everywhere and on every continent, but it was my first time!) and then horseback riding on the beach—I honestly think I’m good. Maybe visit Ireland (or Spain—it’s on my husband’s bucket list to take me there), but that won’t happen anytime soon. 😊 I would also love to travel cross country.
Tell us about your December release.
Elinor is a “what-if” historical centering on the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island—the first English attempt at settlement in the New World, 20 years before Jamestown:The daughter of a renowned English artist and explorer, Elinor White Dare journeys to the New World seeking a fresh start and a place to put down roots. What she finds will shake the very foundations of her faith and yet rebuild what she knows of God’s goodness and mercy, even in loss.
Click HERE to preorder Elinor!
Where can readers learn more about you?
Thank you, Shannon! I'm looking forward to reading Elinor!
Readers, be sure to check out the free preview of Elinor on Amazon!