Merry Shannon

Merry Shannon is the author of romantic fantasy/adventure novels published by Bold Strokes Books. Her first novel, Sword of the Guardian, received two Golden Crown Literary Awards in 2007. Branded Ann, a pirate adventure, was a finalist for the 2008 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year. She has also written multiple short stories for various Bold Strokes publications, including the recent paranormal anthology Women of the Dark Streets.

Merry was born in California and grew up a military brat. Raised in a conservative family, she was not allowed to watch cartoons and moved around so much that she made few friends; and so she turned to books for companionship and entertainment. She fell in love with reading at a very young age, and soon began to write her own stories.

Her love of fantasy and adventure began very early, and at the age of thirteen Merry completed her first novel-length story. She continued to write throughout high school, and holds a degree from the University of Colorado in English. Romance is her favorite genre, so most of her work features a blossoming relationship in a fantasy/adventure setting.

Currently Merry lives with her girlfriend and assorted pets in sunny Denver. She’s a full time social worker who writes in her spare time. When she’s not writing she enjoys home improvement projects, reading, watching movies, traveling, sewing and and spending time with friends in the SCA.

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