To her surprise, the person who found her stories loved her characters as much as Shannon did. She tentatively allowed others to read the stories, as well, and it was from that first foray into the scary world of letting others read her 'little tales' that Shannon Phoenix Books was born.
Shannon lives in New Hampshire with her husband, her daughter, and their family cat. Her full time job is parenting, her part time job is as a mother's helper to a family friend, and her passion is letting the characters in her mind out on paper--or keyboard, as the case may be.
Welcome to Shannon Phoenix's Books. May you find the magic in your own life.
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Consigned to a life without his soulmate, who died 400 years ago and can no longer reincarnate, Hamish has lived the life of a satellite werewolf, always on the fringe of society.
A former policewoman who fled the force due to her ability to read minds, Desiree has taken refuge in the wilderness of Colorado. Now a Forester, she finds herself under attack. When a wolf kills the men attacking her, she locks him into a cage, unaware that it's a werewolf in his wolf form.
Destined to be together, Hamish and Desiree are torn apart as his past comes knocking. Now Desiree must overcome his past and learn the truth of her own nature.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Shannon) I have to say that the characters did. I'm one of those silly authors who feels like “the story picks the writer” and that the characters have a sort of independent life within my subconscious. I suppose I do control them... but you couldn't prove it by me.
All of my characters, and thus stories, express themselves in my conscious mind as if they are alive and as if they have their own views, expectations, and desires. One of the most important aspects of writing for me personally is doing justice to the story... and the people who are living it.
I love mythology of all sorts, and as people will come to learn if they follow me over time, I enjoying bringing a lot of it into story form and thus into the minds and heart of our modern human paradigm in a way that helps to preserve some of that heritage in a small way.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
Shannon) Oh my goodness. Well. This one took me something like a year, I believe. Mostly because, like the second book in the series, I kept meeting distractions. Fortunately, I am much more focused these days, now that life has (for the moment) calmed a bit.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Shannon) Spending so much time with the characters. By the finish of a book, I've watched them grow and evolve and change. I've seen their heartache, their tragedy... and their triumph. I've laughed at them, and with them, and because of them. I've cried the same.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Shannon) Doing it when the characters (okay, fine, if we're going to be stuffy, my subconscious) won't cooperate. I think that some folks think that writing isn't work, but let me disabuse anyone and everyone of that notion right now. It's quite difficult work--sometimes it's intensive mental labor. And that's BEFORE you get to the editing stage--god help me!
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Shannon) Wow. This is a really hard question. I think maybe Anna Paquin because, hello... she got to kiss both Alexander Skarsgard and Joe Manganiello. Although, being Bridget Peters might be better.. for obvious reasons (She's Joe's RL girlfriend).
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Shannon) Mustard. I won't eat the stuff, but my daughter and her father both say they do. They don't. So there it sits, giving me the stinky stare every time I open the fridge and tingling at my “no messes” radar like an overly spicy beacon.
Not to be mistaken for bacon, which lasts hardly a minute in our house...
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Shannon) I could really go crazy on this one. I have numerous books planned.
I have a new group/ Universe (I don't like to call them 'series' because most of my books are self-contained) planned. So far, I'm calling it “Celtic Revival”. The first book is the book of Qwynn (Gween) the Hunter. He was buried and enspelled hundreds of years ago, and Terry just dug him up... He will ride the world again on his mysterious horse, blowing his mighty horn, with his hounds at his feet. When he does, who-boy... things are gonna change! The book after that will be the Morrigan. While they are not from the same immediate pantheon, they don't seem to mind... they interact in the first book and will in the second.
I have another book coming in my other series, the Inner Earth group. These are pure shifter books, with powerful shifters leaving Inner Earth (Yes, the Earth is actually hollow in these books), to emerge into our World. Interesting things are afoot in the Inner Earth Group. These may tend more towards a “series” concept, having progression and order.
There will be many more books in the Supernaturals larger grouping:
– In this grouping, expect to see Thanatos' story coming very soon.
– Zoe will find herself walking down memory lane even as she refuses to accept the nature of her boyfriend and his friends.
– As well as many, many others.
– As mentioned here, in this Series, book 2 is coming soon. I expect the end of December or perhaps the early part of January, but don't have a definite set point yet. A Gargoyle's Might is Lincoln and Ivory's story. And it's a whopper! This one is a full-fledged novel, nothing “ella” about it. And this pair deserves it.
– Then there is the mighty, much loathed Tallis. This is everyone's favorite guy to hate... and he's getting his own book. How the mighty shall fall, my friends... the mighty shall fall. And his love interest, Corry, is a force to be reckoned with. She's one of the few “just” humans in these books. She's a genius, though... not always in her favor.
– There will be many books in this group, but they'll be spread out a lot. I doubt I'll get many of these out at their respective holidays this year. But they'll be available for future holidays:
– Next Christmas (2014): Ninette's story with Zenocrath. Some may remember Zenocrath as part of a minor triangle in House of Gargoyles. This is another powerful “alpha” sort of smooshy-inside guy who's going down (probably on a woman, but who's counting?).
Ivory hates life. She was entombed in magic for hundreds of years, enduring isolation and hopelessness thanks to her mother. When she emerges, she finds herself on the verge of insanity. The world has changed and all she knows is what she's heard or seen while people thought her to be only a statue.
Only one person remains with her through it all, the gargoyle, Lincoln. Raised for the last years of her life as a human woman by her mother, a dryad, Ivory has come to believe that she is special, unique, and important. More importantly, the entire time that she was a statue, she had believed that Lincoln loved her and was devoted to her.
When he doesn't declare his love, and seems distant, Ivory shuts down.
If Lincoln can't help her to see that what makes her special is her heart, not her beauty, she will become the vessel of annihilation for all the races of Earth. If she realizes that love is more than servitude, she will become one of the greatest gifts in the fight against the encroaching evil.