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The English Penchant in MARY: A Journal of New Writing


Podcast interview on Snipits of Time – Creative Habits

Creative Spirit on Artist Think

Questions about my family history in Asia from Susan Blumberg-Kason

My Expat Experience on Expat Focus

Podcast interview with Stuart Beaton

Interview with a fellow Hong Kong blogger

Student Debt Articles

How I Paid Off Nearly $80,000 in Student Debt on The Billfold

A review, interview, and video about PAY OFF on Viral Authors

Modern Love Long Distance Articles

Q&A with Shannon Young

Moving Abroad for a Partner

Just One More Year: When your long distance relationship lasts longer than expected

Long Distance No Longer: When you’re finally together

Guest Posts

Raw Dragonfruit: Expatriate Women Writers in Asia on The Reading Life

Your Publishing Journey — An Obstacle Course on Live.Write.Thrive.

Marina Bay, Singapore on Pens on a World Map

The Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics – from an expat who witnessed Beijing’s spectacle firsthand on The Displaced Nation

The Expat Writer’s Connection on Adventures in Expat Land

Energy, Inspiration, Influence on Susan Blumberg-Kason

Olympic-size Optimism on Book Dilettante

Reading China on Reading the World

The Olympics Beat: what it’s like to be there on To Read or Not To Read


Literary Death Match, Hong Kong, Ep. 3 Recap

Gilbert native’s book reflects on Olympic fan experience article on NBC Local News and The East Valley Tribune

Summer Reading List at Displaced Nation

The Indie Spotlight


Reviews of Pay Off: How One Millennial Eliminated Nearly $80,000 in Student Debt in Less Than Five Years (Kindle Single)

“Excellent overview of the current situation of student loans in America. I appreciate Young’s forthrightness as she details her circumstances, as well as her succinct overview of the current student debt crisis. Highly recommended reading for past, current, and future students AND their parents.” – KP, Amazon reviewer

“This book gave an optimistic view in the midst of a grim career prospect for millennials. Shannon was successful in cash bootstrapping by delaying her gratification for future freedom. It’s an inspiration for millennials to look for creative ways in solving their student loan problems. We recommend this book for those who are considering to apply for and currently finding ways to eliminate student loans.” – Viral Authors

Reviews of The Art of Escalator Jumping

“With use of vivid, dynamic imagery, Shannon Young has written a touching novel that explores the very core of fundamental human relationships. Her clever, innovative metaphors and similes excite the imagination, jump out of the narrative and breathe life into a refreshing story that evolves around the grand outdoor escalator in the heart of old Hong Kong.” – Elsie Sze, author of The Heart of the Buddha: A Novel

“The characters are rich and complex, yet sympathetic (well, almost all of them are sympathetic). And I loved the pace of this book: quick and concise, yet rich in local flavor and full of suspense. At the end I more or less guessed what would happen, but that didn’t matter because I still teared up. If you know Hong Kong, you’ll love this book. And if you’re new to Hong Kong or don’t know much about it, you’ll get a great feel for the city and what makes it special, including the Escalators and the people who traverse it every day.” – Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of Good Chinese Wife

Reviews of The Olympics Beat

“thoroughly enjoyed the physical, emotional and cultural journey of a lifetime this father-daughter duo makes. It’s a great read, one that speaks to that special bond between a father and his daughter, made more so by sharing the Olympics experience together.” – Adventures in Expat Land

“this book allows us a vicarious experience of the craziness and overwhelming hospitality that marked the Beijing Olympics beyond the Birds Nest.” – Reading the World

“It’s been more than 20 years since I visited Beijing, but I felt like I was back there with them, hearing the cheers of the stadium, the beats of the drums, the lights from the opening ceremony. Then there was the food.” – Susan Blumberg-Kason, Book of the Week

“This is a short book, but it packs a lot in. It’s extremely descriptive and the excitement of the Olympics really comes to life… Young describes Beijing in a kind and sensitive way and you get the impression that she’s fallen in love with the place.” – Laura Besley at Living, Loving and Writing

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