Shannon Kennedy Books


Live What You Love!

Realistic & Paranormal Young Adult Fiction

Author's Bio

As a child, I loved to dream away the days in an old cherry tree on my family’s pony farm. In my imagination, the tree became a beautiful Arabian stallion, a medieval castle and even a pirate ship. I got in trouble for making my bratty little sisters walk the plank, but hey, they never broke any bones. On rainy days, I headed for my fort in the hayloft. While the rain thudded on the cedar shingled roof, I read books, eventually trading Nancy Drew for White Fang, and all of Jack London's books.


Today, I live at Horse Country Farm, the family ranch in the Cascade foothills of Washington state in what was once a summer vacation cabin. It’s been modernized and even has indoor plumbing – woo-hoo! I share it with my two cats or maybe, they share it with me. I still read a lot. The walls are lined with bookshelves and my favorite shopping trip is to Barnes & Noble in Lynnwood.  I'm always looking for another good book and really enjoyed the Hunger Games series. 

I read everywhere. There are books on the kitchen table, by my rocking chair in the living-room, next to my bed and even in the bathroom. Often, I read more than one at a time, so it’s lucky that I can multi-task. However, when I write, I only do one project at a time, but it can be several books.  I love knowing everything about my characters and their lives.

I usually write at night after a long day on the ranch. Some days are longer and harder than others, but I still write every day.  As a substitute school teacher, I love the summer break but I’m just as busy, since that’s when we do horse day-camp.


My articles have appeared in Equus, Country Extra, Horse & Rider, Western Horseman, and Canadian Horse.  In January 2012, Black Opal Books bought the first two books in my Stewart Falls Cheerleader series.  The first book came out in time for Christmas 2012 and I'm now plotting book 6, Escape to Stewart Falls, so the series continues.
Meanwhile, Fire & Ice YA published my Shamrock Stable series starting in July 2013 with No Horse Wanted. This story of a girl who rescues a starving horse won awards. Book 4 - No Horse Left Behind provided plenty of ideas and a heroine for Book 5 - Not Just A Horse and I'm writing it now, since it comes out in 2019.
I am a member of several writing groups, including the Young Adult chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Shannon in days gone by.