Shannon Delany has written stories since she was a child. She began writing in earnest when her grandmother fell unexpectedly ill during a family vacation. In 2008 her greatly abbreviated version of 13 to Life (written in just five weeks) won the grand prize in the first-ever cell phone novel contest in the western world through Textnovel.com.
Shannon was thrilled when St. Martin’s Press offered her a contract for a series about her 13 to Life characters. She expanded on the cell phone novel version, adding the subplots and characters she didn’t have time to during the contest. As paranormal as werewolves seem, the grief Shannon used to build Jess’s character is something she personally experienced with the loss of her own mother. Focusing on Jess and Pietr’s story of loss, love, and dramatic and dangerous changes, Shannon came to better grips with her own struggle. The resulting novel earned her blurbs from authors she respects most.
The first novel in Shannon’s YA paranormal series, 13 to Life, debuted June 22, 2010 and the five book series (including 13 to Life, Secrets and Shadows, Bargains and Betrayals, Destiny and Deception, and Rivals and Retribution) through St. Martin's Press concluded in August 2012.
Shannon has also written short stories for three charity anthologies published through Month 9 Books and Leap Books.
Shannon's newest series, Weather Witch (again through St. Martin's Press), will begin to release June 25, 2013.
Previously a teacher and now a farmer raising heritage livestock, Shannon lives and writes in Upstate New York and enjoys traveling to talk to people about most anything. She is a member of RWA and SCBWI and has spoken at numerous book stores and hosted many workshops as well as speaking at the RT Booklovers Convention 2010, TBF Live in Rochester 2011, the NAIBA Trunke Show 2011, the Empire State Book Festival 2011, NoobieCon 2011, RWA 2011, Unmask the Writer Within 2011, YA Fest 2012, PAYA 2012, Bangor Book Festival 2012, the 2012 YALSA Symposium, MOSCBWI Fall 2012, and other events.