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The English Penchant in MARY: A Journal of New Writing

Diary of an Expat Writer

Testing one, two, three . . . Can anybody hear me?

How to fly solo without burning my wings


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

How to Help Your Family Get to Know Your Long Distance Lover

Rose-colored Webcams: Four Tips for Being Yourself in a Long Distance Relationship

How to Talk About Money in a New Long Distance Relationship

How to Talk About Money in a Serious Long Distance Relationship

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 andThe East Valley Tribune

Summer Reading List at Displaced Nation

The Indie Spotlight


In November of 2013, I self-published a novella in front of a live audience at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong. The Art of Escalator Jumping was the runner-up in the Saphira Prize for unpublished writing.

A Hong Kong novella

A Hong Kong novella

 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

For reviews of my other works, see the book-specific pages!

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