Samantha Shannon: Biography

Samantha Shannon

08 nov 1991

Samantha Shannon is a young British writer who was born on November 8, 1991 in West London, England. Since the age of 12, she wanted to write professionally but did not intend to become an author. Her dream got wings when she started writing her first sci-fi novel, Aurora, which was rejected by many agents and remains unpublished. Today Samantha accepts that Aurora wasn't a very good novel but was definitely a stepping stone in her career, as it gave her many strong ideas for her next novel.

While penning down all those ideas in "The Bone Season," she enhanced her English language skills by graduating from St. Anne College, Oxford University in 2013. One lucky day, Samantha received a call from Bloomsbury for a deal of a seven-book series in the fantasy genre. She immediately said yes and got the first book of the series – The Bone Season – published on August 20, 2013. The novel became an instant hit among the youth and an international bestseller. She also received the "Author of New York Times" award the same year.

Soon Samantha Shannon started writing "The Mime Order" – the second book in the fantasy series. Published in 2015, the book is a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 for Best Fantasy. Samantha is currently editing her third book "The Song Rising." Furthermore, she is trying her luck in short stories and comics, such as Amrita (2013) and Message from Yonder (2016), respectively.

Being a kid at heart, Samantha Shannon's favorite genre is dystopian and paranormal fiction. She perceives writing as a drug that she is addicted to. She is a strong believer of feminism and did a keynote speech for the Guardian's Forward Women event on November 18, 2015. Samantha uses the social-media platform for sharing details about her current and future books with her fans. Her passion for reading and writing is evident from her Twitter account.