the writer

Shannon McNear has been writing one thing or another since third grade and finished her first novel at age fifteen—but more than thirty years would pass before she’d receive her first book contract. In the meantime, she graduated from high school, attended college, met and married her husband, birthed nine children, lost one, taught five to drive, revised that first story innumerable times, and completed six others.

Her writing experience includes former interview coordinator and review editor for Christian Fandom, founding contributor of Speculative Faith, and founding member of the Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog Tour. She's also served as area coordinator, zone director, and local chapter founder and president for American Christian Fiction Writers. She's a member of ACFW, RWA, and My Book Therapy.

At the 2012 ACFW conference, to her shock and delight, she was awarded a first-time author contract from Barbour Publishing for her historical romance novella Defending Truth. It released September 2013 as part of A Pioneer Christmas Collection, then finaled in the novella category of the 2014 RITAⓇ contest, sponsored by RWA. Her second novella, The Highwayman, released May 2015 in The Most Eligible Bachelor Romance Collection (Barbour), and Pioneer Christmas re-released September 2015. She's represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.

A Midwestern farm girl who lived in Charleston, South Carolina, for more than two decades before being transplanted to North Dakota, she loves losing herself in local history. She’s a military wife, mother of 8, and a member of ACFW and RWA. When not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the Dakota prairies.