Shannon holds a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Akron where she also completed a thesis in creative writing. In addition to freelance writing, Shannon shares her passion for writing through teaching English at the University of Akron and other area colleges. She learned photography the "old fashioned" way on a Pentax K-1000, shooting film and developing photos in a darkroom.
After finding herself laid off due to budget cuts from her job as a health educator for Akron Children's and Akron General Hospitals in 2008, she decided to take her passion for writing and photography to the next level. A member of the National Association of Professional Women, Shannon has worked with a number of non-profits and for-profit businesses, writing everything from personal essays and feature stories to copy for websites and print materials. Her writing has appeared nationally as a regular contributing writer to Mushing Magazine in Fairbanks Alaska. Shannon's other favorite activities include kayaking, fishing, camping, yoga, hiking and racing a team of Alaskan huskies in the winter. She lives on a 7.1 acre farm in northeast Ohio with her family. She is currently writing a book entitled Jettisoned about her adventures in dog sledding.