Get to Know the Minnesota Indie Author
Shannon Jump is an avid reader and writer. She has a passion for storytelling and often writes across genres. She refuses to start the day without the perfect cup of coffee, is a die-hard Minnesota Twins baseball fan and Food Network junkie. Shannon lives in small-town Minnesota with her husband and two teenage kids. Her debut novel, My Only Sunshine was released on Feb. 25, 2021.
She penned her first short story at the age of 12 and still has the original copy, cover art included!
Writing and storytelling have been a passion of hers for as long as she can remember, and if you follow her on Instagram, you'll see she's still just as excited about reading as she is about writing.
In addition to writing and publishing independently, Shannon is an active Bookstagrammer and NetGalley reviewer. You can follow her book reviews and publishing journey on Goodreads and Instagram.
IS MY ONLY SUNSHINE A TRUE STORY?
While My Only Sunshine is loosely based on a true story, it is a work of fiction. Names, dates, and events were altered and additional scenes/plot lines added for entertainment purposes.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?
These characters! They take up residence in my head and beg for their stories to be told. Writing, for me, is a release. It's an escape from the stress of everyday life, and a way to let my imagination run free.
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH WRITER'S BLOCK?
I try not to think of writer's block as a thing. We can always write something on the page. If I find myself struggling, I try to focus on something else for a bit. Perhaps read a book, do some editing, marketing, or switch projects (I have a couple going at the same time). Stepping away and smashing your laptop into smithereens helps sometimes, too.
IS THERE A FAVORITE CHARACTER YOU'VE WRITTEN?
Definitely, Owen from Even Though It's Breaking. He's complex; a tender soul with a tragic, dark past, yet you can't help but root for him. He was also the first male POV I wrote, and that was a fun challenge!
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