About

I'm Samantha Shannon: dreamer, migraineur and author of The Bone Season, the first in a projected series of seven fantasy novels. I was born in Hammersmith, London in 1991. From 2010 – 2013 I studied English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford, specialising in Principles of Film Criticism and the poetry of Emily Dickinson. I have just finished the second book in the Bone Season series, The Mime Order (out 27 January 2015) and am now working on the third. 

I'm a fan of old music, gramophones, good coffee, and real books. I have four siblings, four parents, and a male tortoise named Lily-Beth, some of whom live with me in west London. The Bone Season is my first published novel. 

My blog, A Book from the Beginning, tracks my journey to publication and my experiences as a novelist. Comments and discussion are always welcome. 


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Author image © Mark Pringle
Blog header © Leiana Leatutufu

31 comments:

  1. Just listening to you on the radio, your enthusiasm and attitude for everything your doing is persuading me to read your book, quite a bloomin' lot actually :-) Hope you manage to get Mr Cumberbatch to notice.

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    1. Me too. He really is perfect for Jaxon.

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    2. In my head Jax looks like John Waters!

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  2. Hey Samantha!!

    I loved knowing about your book and success at a young age :). I too wrote my first book at the age of 18 years old. It's more on self-improvement but I love getting in contact with young authors to share stories.

    Shoot me an email: shant.ohannessian@gmail.com

    Warm Regards,

    Shant Ohannessian :)

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  3. Hello Shannon,

    My name's Ian.

    I just finished reading The Bone Season and wanted to pass on a genuine heartfelt thanks for creating such a wonderful, invigorating story. I thought the way in which you developed your characters and the story was intriguing. I have already gone and recommended your book to several work colleagues and two of my managers who love reading, too. I honestly wish you the very best of luck with the forthcoming instalments of this series and cannot wait to get my hands on book two, whenever that is set to be released. I am just wondering if you're going to be doing any more signings in the UK, in Edinburgh or Glasgow any time soon?

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    1. Hi Ian,

      Thank you so much for the message. I'm really thrilled you enjoyed it! I don't think I'll be going back to Scotland for a while, but I'm trying to get Bloomsbury to set up a signing in London soon, as I live there and it's easy to reach.

      Samantha

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  4. Just read the book, it was awesome. I loved the character development and the plot was great. Found it based on a kindle suggestion. I was so sad when it ended, the audio version was great. Can't wait to get book two in the series. Any idea on a publication date? Will you be touring in Chicago? Let us know if you get to the midwest of the US.

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    1. Hi – I'm afraid I don't have any US tour dates planned at the moment. The publishers usually wait until the paperback comes out before they organise tours for debut authors. No official publication date for Book 2 just yet, but I'm hoping it will be 2014.

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  5. Hi

    I absolutely love your book so much so I've started a fanpage on Facebook lol. I saw your interview on BBC breakfast and I thought your came across amazingly well; you are really talented and I wish you the best of luck with this project. Really really impressed :)

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  6. Hi Samantha,

    I just finished reading The Bone Season today in my sixth form common room! Everyone was rather confused when I nearly started crying near the end of chapter 28. I really cant wait until the next book comes out (any idea of when that is?). Your writing is perfect and the plot was just fantastic! And I don't suppose you will be doing any appearances in the Bournemouth area any time soon? Maybe even the Waterstones in the town centre? *cough*

    Anyways, I'm very impressed with your book and would kill to see it as a TV series (i'd rather that than a movie since then all the details could fit in if it were a tv series).

    Kind regards,

    Hannah Cass

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    1. Hi Hannah,

      Great to hear you liked TBS! (And sorry for making you cry in the common room.) I'm afraid I have no scheduled appearances in Brighton at the moment – the closest I'm getting is Bournemouth on 31 October. But keep an eye on my upcoming events page!

      Samantha

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  7. Bone Season was such a great book!! Truly was a good read and very excited for the next book in the series. I know it maybe too soon to tell, but is there a prospective time frame you may release the next book?

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    1. I'm aiming for 2014. Glad you enjoyed the book!

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  8. Hi Samantha, I simply love your book. I have not been able to put it down and only have the final chapter left, so am trying to delay reading it as I do not want it to end :( Also well done on this achievement at such a young age, you have great talent! And with regards to who could play Jax in a potential movie/TV series adaptation, what about Richard E. Grant?

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    1. Hello! I'm thrilled you're enjoying TBS. Personally I see Jax being played by Benedict Cumberbatch, but I can definitely see why you'd picture him as Richard E. Grant...

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  9. Thank's for your information and i like yoe post ^___^

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  10. Hi Samantha, loved your book!!! I am so bummed it is over & i'm going through serious withdrawals. However i'm very excited to hear the next one is coming out in 2014. I am so happy for you & your success; especially the great news about a potential movie series... watch out Star Wars as The Bone Season could seriously rival the best of them! Keep up the amazing writing and all the best to you.

    Deborah,
    Seattle, Washington USA

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  12. I've been on a post-apocolyptic/dystopian society book binge the past few weeks and just finished "The Bone Season." LOVED IT. Very well written and imaginative. Now, I just have to try and be patient for Book Two.

    As a side note, am I the only person who sees Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) as Warden? The man is enormous, has the right skin tone and hair color, and plays the warrior-type well. :)

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  13. I thought your book was amazing and wanted to thank you for writing it. I enjoyed it immensely. I can't wait for the next one and the film!

    Semper Fi
    Cameron

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    1. Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  14. I loved The Bone Season! I had to ration it out because it didn't want it to end. I can't wait for the second book and I'm excited to hear about the movie.

    --Mike

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  15. I'm a "book on tape fanatic" and just finished listening to The Bone Season.....amazing. Characters are so real and soooo excited this is one of seven!!! Can't wait for your next book!
    ---"Loves to Read!"

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  16. Heard your interview on NPR here in the USA and am about 60% through now. Really enjoying it. Great work for such a young author. You do not seem intimidated by the experience at all. Is TBS your first published work (any short stories, articles, etc)?

    Are you influenced by Phillip Pullman at all? I see a connection to London and Oxford in your bio, any connection to Ireland (Shannon)?

    Cheers,

    B. Blackwell

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    1. I'm so glad you're enjoying it. It is my first published work, yes. I also have one published short story called 'Amrita', written for Vogue India.

      I deliberately avoided 'His Dark Materials' while I was writing the book, as I didn't want my Oxford to be influenced by Mr Pullman's, but I have since read 'Northern Lights' and loved it. And sadly no connection to Ireland – just a fascination with it due to my surname. I visited Ireland for the first time in 2012 and fell in love.

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  17. My mother heard you on the radio and immediately was so charmed that she bought your book. After finishing it, she talked nonstop about how I had to read it, and how fabulous you were, so I picked it up to appease her nonstop persistence. Not only did I love your book, but it has opened up my creative mind into something grander than it was before.
    Needless to say my mother and I are already making predictions about book seven (none of them happy...just imagining a few brought me to tears) and are having arguments over who gets to read The Mime Order first.
    Thank you for making our conversations a tad more diverse and a ton more filled with fictional-character insults (the best kind). I can't wait to grow up reading your books.
    Love,
    Anna Kate

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    1. Hi Anna Kate,

      Sorry it's taken me so long to answer this! That's so lovely that you and your mum both enjoyed the book. Thank you so much for reading it. I hope you'll like the remaining six!

      Samantha

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  18. Hey Samantha! I was wondering if you were ever thinking of coming to Queensbridge?

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    1. Hello! As in, Hackney? It depends if my publisher schedules me for an event there.

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