My Inspiration

me & Robin the day before surgery

I always loved writing from the moment I wrote my first poem about a stinkbug at age four. I became a writer for my high school newspaper and later wrote three books for young children which were promptly rejected by publishers. After that I put my writing aspirations aside and focused on raising my son and dealing with my illness---a rare, incurable kidney disorder. 

A decade later my health started declining rapidly. I was going to die unless I got a new kidney. My best friend, Robin, had herself tested and turned out to be a match. She not only gave me a new kidney, but another chance at life. I was inspired to return to my dream of becoming a writer and within a few years, I completed the novel that I never thought I'd be able to write. 

Now I want to spend the rest of this life I've been gifted with writing---setting free the stories that have been alive inside of me all these years. =)

1 comment:

Jared Settipani said...

Hi Shannon,

I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!
Love the story you wrote when you were four. Awesome that you kept it!

Jared Settipani