Books have been a part of Shannon's life since she was a newborn baby and her mother would give her a bottle while reading to her older sister Heather. It was the start of a long love affair with the written word. When other teenagers were getting grounded for staying out too late on weekends, Shannon's parents made a rule that she could not read in her bedroom with the door closed -- otherwise they'd go for days without seeing her. The first romance she remembers reading was written by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, who also penned the famous Anne of Green Gables series of books. From that book -- Blue Castle -- came the inspiration for Shannon's first romance novel, Any Port in a Storm. Shannon lives in Alberta, Canada and is the mother of two beautiful little girls. In addition to reading and writing, she enjoys dancing, running, public speaking and softball. She is eager to hear from readers, who can contact her through Hard Shell Word Factory.