"Growing up, Shanna loved making up stories and hearing her parents and big sister, Casie, read her books like The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle or Nancy Drew. Shanna wasn’t a speedy reader or writer and was a reluctant reader until J.K. Rowling changed her life at fourteen. Rowling created one of the strongest female leads in children’s literature, Hermione Granger. Like Hermione, Shanna didn’t have much self-confidence. Her character gave the teenager courage to find her own voice as a writer. When she’s not reading or creating, Shanna enjoys watching movies, cheering for the Chicago Cubs. Shanna lives in Oswego, Illinois and enjoys sharing her stories with family."
--from the self-published book, "Taproot," a collection of short stories by the Tri-County Writer's Guild published in 2010.
Self-published two short stories, "Dear God" and "Interrogation" in the new anthology, Taproot 2011, which just came out November 1.
- Oswego, Illinois
- I love hanging out with family and friends, watching movies, reading, watching baseball (my favorite team is the Chicago Cubs, but I like to watch all of them) and playing sports.
- Favorite noveling music:
- I listen to whatever I think my character(s) would like. Mostly it's an eclectic mix ranging from Eminem to Martina McBride to Third Eye Blind to Hanson.
- Page at the local library
- Favorite books or authors:
- "Harry Potter" series, "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series, "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" by Avi, "The Hunger Games" series, "The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks, "Sliding Into Home" by Dori Hillestead Butler and "Home and Other Big, Fat Lies" by Jill Wolfson, "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett, "Mockingbird" by Kathryn Erskine, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, Hunger Games, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, Katherine Hannigan, "Because of Mr. Terupt" by Rob Buyea, "The Wednesday Wars" by Gary D. Schmidt, among others. J.K. Rowling is my favorite, but I do love many others as well.