Shannon Young is an American author living in Hong Kong.
Her books include Ferry Tale, Year of Fire Dragons: An American Woman’s Story of Coming of Age in Hong Kong (Blacksmith Books), and a Kindle Single called Pay Off: How One Millennial Eliminated Nearly $80,000 in Student Debt in Less Than Five Years (Kindle Single) about her journey into and out of student debt.
She is also the editor of an anthology of creative non-fiction entitled How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories of Expat Women in Asia (Signal 8 Press, June 2014). She wrote a mini travel memoir, The Olympics Beat: A Spectator’s Memoir of Beijing, and in November of 2013, she self-published a novella in front of a live audience at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong. The Art of Escalator Jumping is a love story set on and around the Midlevels Escalator.
Shannon grew up in a homeschooling family of nine kids in Arizona. She got her first cross-cultural experience by moving to New York to study at Colgate University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate in 2009 with a BA in English Literature and Classical Studies.
She taught high school English literature in Arizona before moving to Hong Kong in 2010 to teach English as a foreign language in a local primary school. Now a full-time writer, she lives in Hong Kong’s Soho with her husband.
Shannon contributes regular articles to Modern Love Long Distance, an online resource for couples in long distance relationships and writes a monthly column on The Displaced Nation called Diary of an Expat Writer. She has written for Mary: A journal of new writing, an anthology (IMPRINT, Hong Kong Women in Publishing Society, 2012-14), and various expat and writing websites.
Shannon organizes a weekly writing meet-up and occasionally speaks to students and writers’ groups about her work. She once won an episode of Literary Death Match. She writes a blog called A Kindle in Hong Kong and likes to read, travel, write in coffee shops, and spy on other people’s books on the train.
As of summer 2014, Shannon is writing full-time. Here’s more about this adventure!