As a child, Shannon Kennedy loved to dream away the days in an old cherry tree on her family’s pony farm. In her imagination, the tree became a beautiful Arabian stallion, a medieval castle and even a pirate ship. She got into trouble for making her bratty little sisters walk the plank, but hey, they never broke any bones. On rainy days, she headed for her fort in the hayloft. While the rain thudded on the cedar shingled roof, she’d read books, eventually trading Carolyn Keene for Georgette Heyer.
Today, she lives on 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! She shares it with her two cats—or maybe, they share it with her. She still reads a lot, and the walls are lined with bookshelves. Her favorite shopping trip is to Barnes & Noble at the Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood.
Kennedy reads everywhere, so there are books on the kitchen table, by her rocking chair in the living-room, next to her bed, and even in the bathroom. Often, she reads more than one at a time, so it’s lucky that she can multi-task. However, when she writes, she only does one project at a time, because she wants to know everything about her characters and their lives.
Kennedy usually writes at night once the barn chores are done, after a long day on the ranch. Some days are longer and harder than others, so she’s happy when she manages five days of writing in a week, but she continues to try for every day. As a substitute school teacher, Kennedy loves the summer break but she’s just as busy, since that’s when they do horse day-camp during the week and trail rides, lessons, and leasing on weekends.