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Colleen Shannon graduated cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Archaeology. Her combined love of history and science led her from a summer dig at an Ice Age site in Lubbock back to graduate Journalism school to work on her Masters. Still, writing articles wasn't near as much fun as telling stories.
Since the age of fourteen, when she started her first historical romance, she'd always wanted to create her own imaginary worlds. Being a firm proponent of the old Texas truism: "Can't never could," she wrote her first historical romance, sold it herself in less than a year, and at the age of 26 began a new career and never looked back. The strength of her first book led to her nomination by Romantic Times as Best New Historical Author. She went on to win and/or be nominated for numerous other awards, including a Kiss Award for all three heroes of her recent Fairy Tale trilogy. Her single title releases have appeared on numerous chain store and online bestseller lists.
Her fifteen novels have, at various times, incorporated such historical figures as Samuel Johnson, John Wilkes, Cecil Rhodes and others into stirring romances of fictional but appealing characters. From the Barbary coast of Africa, to early America, to steamy Mayan jungles, to wind-swept Cornwall and beyond, Colleen's characters often travel the world and its dangers. However, as in real life, these men and women find that love is the greatest adventure of all!
Colleen has worked within various writers' groups such as Romance Writers of America, where she started the Raleigh, N.C. chapter and served twice as President, and the Austin, Texas chapter, where she also served twice as President. She's been a member of the Austin Writers' League, consulting with unpublished authors at their request, and is currently a member of Novelists, Inc.
Colleen participates in two critique groups. Her latest interests include mainstream thrillers and screenplays. She's completed four scripts and has had them requested and reviewed by some well-known Hollywood production companies, some requesting more scripts, and is presently at work on her fifth. However, she truly enjoys exploring the myriad possibilities between men and women, and she expects her two Millennium romance releases to be followed by many more novels.
Colleen currently resides in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, in a small house, with a very large dog named Thor.
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