About Shannon Muir

Photo Credit: Guy Viau, Guy Viau Photography (Los Angeles, CA); Hair: Deanna Maag, Salon Lujon (Fullerton, CA)

SHANNON MUIR’s prose encourages readers to “uncover the mystery of character,” with an emphasis on mystery, New Pulp and noir, and related genre fiction. She’s also known for writing animation scripts and for textbooks written based on her experience in the animation industry.

Her latest suspenseful mystery releases are “Tropical Terror” in CRIME DOWN ISLAND and “Hidden History” in EXPLORER PULP. She’s also written “Tragic Like a Torch Song” in THE DAME DID IT from Pro Se Press, the short story “Meeting the Monster” in the Emby Press anthology SUPERHERO MONSTER HUNTER: THE GOOD FIGHT, the Single Shot New Pulp tale “Ghost of the Airwaves,” preceded by her debut genre fiction story “Pretty as a Picture” in the anthology NEWSHOUNDS. From her personal self-published projects, best known titles in this area include the rural-noir inspired THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA and the MYANNA MOORE web serials now being released as e-book compilations.

Other self-published projects include THE PHOENIX COLLECTION (combining THE PHOENIX RISES and THE PHOENIX BURNS); THE HEART’S DUTY COLLECTION (including the previously published THE HEART’S DUTY and TOUCH THE STARS). She’s also author of FOR THE LOVE OF AIRAGOS and A SPONTANEOUS KIND OF HOLIDAY. Anthologies of short fiction and poetry are LIVES REFLECTED, AT THE END OF INNOCENCE’S ROAD and SEARCH FOR A WOMAN. She’s also written textbooks based on her animation experience entitled GARDNER’S GUIDE TO WRITING AND PRODUCING ANIMATION and GARDNER’S GUIDE TO PITCHING AND SELLING ANIMATION. Also available is a book collecting all her full lyrics as well as the history of the FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY webcomic over its first fifteen years, entitled FLYING GLORY FLASHBACK.

Her first published story was in the anthology ARIA KALSAN: MYSTERIES OF THE FUTURE. She has also been co-writing and providing all of the in-story lyrics for the webcomic FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY since it debuted in 2001.

She is also known as administrator of the blogs THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF and INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS, under which she also manages branded books as part of her self-publishing efforts.

Shannon holds a BA in Radio-TV and English from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, which she considers to be her hometown. She also holds an MA in Communications from California State University, Fullerton, along with additional education in screenwriting, project management, library technician studies, and most recently a certificate earned with distinction in General Business with Emphasis in Marketing from UCLA Extension. Besides working in animation production, Shannon has written television scripts for animation. She is married to FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY collaborator and fellow New Pulp and animation writer Kevin Paul Shaw Broden. They live in California in the United States. She is a member of the Los Angeles and national chapters of Sisters in Crime, where in 2018 she began a two-year term on the local board, as well as an Affiliate member of the Mystery Writers of America and their Southern California chapter. Additionally, she belongs to the Animation Writers Caucus of the Writers Guild of America, west; the Los Angeles chapter of Women in Animation; and ASIFA-Hollywood.

Below is a listing of works available from various publishers.

AVAILABLE FROM EMBY PRESS

 

From the publisher’s description:

It’s out there, hunting in the darkness and no one can stop it. Its tally of victims increases every day the sun rises and when dusk falls, fear pumps through the city’s veins.

It’s in the sky above the buildings, stalking the forests of the parks and slithering through the sewers. The situation is dire and hope is dwindling… It’s too fast, too strong and too smart.

A sudden flash burns across the night sky and figure appears; somebody like us, but not like us. As quickly as it appeared, the figure is gone, searching for the thing, ready to deliver justice. Hope has returned and smiles crack the corners of mouths, because everybody recognizes a superhero and we all know what comes next.

Epic battles will rage, city blocks will be trampled and the Earth will hang in the balance as the ultimate evil is answered by the ultimate good. Who will triumph, nobody knows and the only thing for certain is that they will fight THE GOOD FIGHT!

Includes Shannon Muir’s story, “Meeting the Monster”.

Available now on Kindle.

 

AVAILABLE FROM PRO SE PRESS

CRIME DOWN ISLAND

Includes the story “Tropical Terror” by Shannon Muir, inspired by her own experience living through Hurricane Iwa Thanksgiving week of 1982. The story also marks her first published story with a male lead.

From the publisher’s description:

Terror in the Tropics! Peril in Paradise! Betrayal on the Beach! It’s just another day of murder and corruption under the palm trees in CRIME DOWN ISLAND. Six heated tales of manipulation and mayhem set on the dream destinations most fantasize about. Sun baked days and moon kissed nights along the ocean, where love and hate walk hand in hand. And the shrill of tropical birds can be drowned out at any moment by a horrified scream and the last gasps of someone dying. Evil takes vacations in the same places we all want to. CRIME DOWN ISLAND. From Pro Se Productions.

Available now for Kindle, Smashwords, and in print.

 

EXPLORER PULP

Includes the story “Hidden History” by Shannon Muir.

From the publisher’s description:

The world, even today, has its secrets. Lost cities, hidden artifacts, arcane and occult corners of the globe. And every forgotten civilization, every mysterious weapon or jewel, every legend cries out to be discovered, speaking to a very special sort of person, that character that has been the center of stories since the dawn of time. And now, four authors bring their talents to new tales of the hale and the hardy, the daring and the brave. Join Jason Fedora, Shannon Muir, Davide Mana, and Wayne Carey as they climb to the tips of pyramids and dive to the depths of caverns in EXPLORER PULP! From Pro Se Productions.

Available now for Kindle, Smashwords, and in print.

THE DAME DID IT

From the publisher’s description:

A death rattle echoes down a shadowy alley….
Guns blaze like exploding suns in the dead of night…
And make no mistake about who’s responsible….
The Dame Did It!

Pro Se Productions presents a collection of new stories wrapped in the shadows of Noir and definitely Hard Boiled with a feminine touch. Authors Joel Jenkins, Christofer Nigro, Shannon Muir, and Percival Constantine deliver two-fisted, gun shooting hard core action in these blood-soaked pages, and each tale revolves around a woman. A heroine desperate to save the day, a villainess hungry to destroy, or someone trapped in the middle. All and
more will be found in The Dame Did It!

Includes the story “Tragic Like a Torch Song” by Shannon Muir.

Available now for Kindle, Smashwords, and in print.

“GHOST OF THE AIRWAVES”

From the publisher’s description of this individually released short story:

From Pro Se Productions’ Single Shot line comes a tale of mystery and murder set against the backdrop of the Golden Age of Radio! Through this stand alone digital single, Author Shannon Muir introduces the world to Ghost of the Airwaves!

Ghost of the Airwaves is the suspenseful tale of radio actress Abigail Hanson, whose husband died under mysterious circumstances. Everyone believes the culprit is caught until a mysterious typed letter from “Ghost of the Airwaves” comes through her mail slot. Abigail becomes determined to find out who killed her husband and uses her own observant eye to help coax the police along. But, as she delves deeper into the mystery, Abigail may learn she should have stayed behind the microphone…to stay alive!

Available now at Kindle and Smashwords.

NEWSHOUNDS!

One of three stories in an anthology about reporters willing to risk it all to expose corruption at a 1950s newspaper. Other stories by Kevin Paul Shaw Broden and J. Walt Layne. Based on an idea created by Pro Se Productions. Available in print at Amazon and e-book at Amazon and Smashwords. Also available in audiobook atAmazon and Audible produced by Radio Archives.

Includes the story “Pretty as a Picture” by Shannon Muir.