Linda Brooks Davis

Let’s Chat! Author Shannon McNear

Welcome, Everyone!

Shannon McNear is our guest author this week. She writes historical romance from a Christian perspective.

This terrific author is offering two giveaways: (1) The Backcountry Brides Collection in print and (2) the prequel novella, The Highwayman, in digital form.

So join our circle by commenting below, and you may find yourself a winner next Tuesday evening, the 21st.

**Congratulations to reader Tina, winner of Backcountry Brides Collection, and Deana, winner of The Highwayman.**

Who’s Shannon McNear?

Shannon McNear
was born and grew up in rural central Illinois and graduated from a small Christian high school. After losing my adoptive dad a month later, I went off to Liberty University. Crazy. I wound up with mono the fall of my sophomore year but managed to finish that semester. And made the move with my mom and brother to northern Missouri, where she remarried.

Then I met a cute neighbor guy named Troy. He had grown up with my stepdad’s kids and did his chores while he was dating my mom. So I tell people that my mom married a farmer, and I married his hired hand. (Click to Tweet!) 

Shannon McNear
What’s “Life” for Shannon McNear?

After our wedding, Troy and I moved to Lynchburg, Virginia. He attended Liberty, and I worked in the library and later the registrar’s office. Then he enlisted in the Air Force and I gave birth to our oldest. We spent six months in Biloxi, MS. The AF plunked us down in Charleston, SC, where we lived for the next almost-23 years. We have 8 children here on earth and 1 in heaven. Our oldest daughter and two oldest sons are married. So we have 3 amazing children-in-love. We’re blessed with 2 grandbabies on earth with several in heaven.

y husband and I are both bibliophiles, so he’s been amazingly supportive of my writing. Over the years I’ve been a childbirth educator, seamstress for my kids’ ballet and drama companies, youth and worship leader, and a total research nerd. My kids are fond of bragging that they learned South Carolina state history from being dragged to various historical sites (we homeschool too). I respond with, is there any better way?

How Was Shannon McNear, the Author, Born?

I started my actual first book at age 15 and rewrote it probably 20 times in as many years. Setting that story aside while my older children were little, I came back to writing with the intent to get published early in 2003 and managed another six completed novel-length stories in the next ten years.

A Debut for Shannon McNear

Shannon McNearMy first published story came in the form of a novella contract that was especially fun. A good friend had nudged me to put in for the Pioneer Christmas Collection. Back then the editor had a personal tradition of announcing a first-time author contract at the opening session of the American Christian Fiction Writers conference. I was one of two, in 2012.

Award Spotlight on Shannon McNear

As if that wasn’t magical enough, that first novella, Defending Truthactually finaled for a RITA® award with Romance Writers of America. It appeared in the middle of a bunch of mainstream romance novellas. I felt like Cinderella at the ball, attending RWA that year! Although mine didn’t win, it was such an amazing experience. I knew that God had made it happen and I was supposed to savor it all. It made waiting for 30 years for that first traditional contract definitely worth it!

Shannon McNearMy first full-length contract, for The Cumberland Bride, happened last year, again as a result of a good friend’s recommendation. When that editor invited me to submit a proposal for a new series, God flung open a door. Incredible opportunity. I cannot tell you how many times over the years I’ve gotten discouraged. Wanted to quit. And begged the Lord to open a door or show me I should keep going. Every time He sent me encouragement to continue and reassurance that writing is as much a call as anything else I do. And that I’m not wasting time by pursuing it.

What’s Ahead for Shannon McNear?

Well … when I began answering these questions, I was completely open to God’s leading. I was waiting for Him to make the next part clear. Now, I’m hoping to have an announcement to make very soon! God is so amazing. He keeps opening doors. And showing His graciousness in letting me continue to write historical fiction.

As kind of a sideways answer … Of those seven novel-length stories already written and waiting on a publishing home, only one is a historical—a Revolutionary War story set in South Carolina. One is a contemporary romance set, of course, in my former hometown of Charleston, SC. The others are from what has long been the story of my heart, a fantasy saga told from a solidly Christian viewpoint.

A Potential Change of Direction?

ncidentally, even my fantasy has a historical feel, as opposed to the elves/dragons/
wizards type. I call it “theological” fantasy, very similar in tone to works by Jill Williamson, Tricia Mingerink, and Patrick Carr. Editors like an author to stay within one genre, so it might be a long time before these see print. But I’m still praying for that.

In the meantime, I’m trying to stay obedient to God’s leading—which would seem to mean at least another “new” historical or two, first!

How to Find Shannon McNear and Her Books


Twitter  @ShannonMcNear

Pinterest  (I use this for my own visual reference while I’m writing, so some of my boards have more pins than others)

The Backcountry Brides Collection
Barnes & Noble
Christian Books

The Cumberland Bride:
Barnes & Noble
Christian Books

Giveaway Offers

Shannon is offering TWO giveaways this week, so join our chat circle!

(1) The Backcountry Brides Collection, in print
(2) The Highwayman, a prequel novella, in digital

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Lord, You are Lord of All Seasons of Life! We acknowledge Your providential hand and thank You for affirmations, reassurances, and directions. We pray You’ll use Shannon’s books to point others to You. Please bless each word she writes for You! ~ For Jesus’ sake

25 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Shannon McNear

  1. I loved your story! I have been anticipating your book The Cumberland Bride for months now. I live in rural Kentucky and truly enjoy books of the same or similar setting. Backcountry Brides is also on my wishlist. I have a feeling we’re going to hear your name more and more in “the book world “. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    P.S. I follow you on Instagram and you and your husband look so happy all the time. I love that!

    1. Oh, Mandy, thank you! And LOL, my husband and I are as human as anyone else, I promise you. We’re just good at putting all the “happy” on social media. 😉 But how sweet of you to say so!!

  2. Shannon, Since I won some candy from you, I’ve been wanting to know about you. Thanks for the “chat”. I really enjoyed it and feel like I know you know now. God has a plan for you. I’m almost 82, and still love to read. Do most of it by e-read. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thank you so much, Marilyn! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I appreciate your taking the time to comment! Blessings!! <3

  3. Thank you ALL so much!!!! <3 And thank you to Linda for that sweet prayer at the end. It's such a blessing to get to share with my readers, and to know that the story-behind-the-stories can speak to y'all. <3 <3 <3

  4. I have already read The Backcountry Brides Collection. My favorite Barbour collection yet! Shannon. I grew up in northern Illinois and I now live in central Missouri. We travelled to Oregon and Mt. Morris, Illinois the past few days, so we probably traveled through your old stomping grounds! I would love to read the prequel novella. I have a copy of The Ciumberland Bride. Will read it soon. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

    1. Thank you so much, Paula! And your recent travels sound so fun–you probably did pass somewhere nearby where I used to live. Blessings!! <3

  5. Congratulations Shannon!! It was fun to read YOUR history. Love your talent, thanks for sharing with us!

  6. I loved reading about you writing at 15. I remember at that age just thinking I’m not sure what I want to be when I grow up, but getting out of school would be nice. I also kinda wrote stories but never showed anyone. I would love the chance to win. Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself.

    1. Thank you, Deana!! So many of us “kinda wrote stories”–I’d been doing that for a long time but was very quiet about it, too! Was blessed to have a mama who not only showed interest, but saw something worth encouraging and supported me without hesitation. <3

  7. Shannon, we share some life-similarities. I also began to write at an early age, but life happened, and I didn’t pick it up again with intent for many years. It will be a great pleasure to meet you in your books now that they are evident. Please “keep on keeping”, on as God says in His Word, stay the course and receive the reward in Glory! What a blessing to meet other authors on Linda’s, “Let’s Chat”. We Christian authors are becoming friends through this outlet. Thank you!

    1. Thank YOU, Jane! We so often need that reminder of what this is for. I so enjoy meeting other authors–and readers! <3

  8. The Backcountry Brides Collection and The Highwayman sounds wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win.Have a good week.

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