At the age of two, Shannon approached her mother with a pencil and asked to be taught how to write. Within three months, she was “making books”. Shannon was first published at the age of five, and won her first national writing award at the age of eight.

Shannon went on to finance her college education through her work. As an adult, she has authored four critically acclaimed nonfiction books with Random House/Broadway Books, Perseus Books/Running Press, and Gibbs Smith. Her fifth book was self-published. Shannon has won numerous writing awards, including the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Cookbook 2006.