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I’m a freelance writer, editor, sensitivity reader, and California native. In addition to my client work, I focus on mixed race identity, critical race theory, grief, and loss. My memoir Black Prince: A Father-Daughter Story in Black and White will be published Fall 2023 by Lawrence Hill Books, Chicago Review Press.

I’ve been published in such outlets as The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Real Simple, and Los Angeles Review of Books.

I also authored “Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide: Educators’ Guide.” (Out of print but available for download.)

Visit my portfolio page for a full list of works.

With a master’s degree in English literature and three years’ experience teaching the SAT, I provide individual and business clients impeccable editing services. Whether you’re writing a dissertation, an e-book, or non-profit report, I have the background and experience to polish your work.

I also provide sensitivity reading services and have worked with top publishing companies, as well as individuals.

The illustration above is courtesy of the talented Giselle Potter, who created the image for my New York Times piece about my grandmother.

Shannon’s feedback as a sensitivity reader for my young adult novel SPLINTERS OF SCARLET was invaluable to me. I appreciated her insightful, thoughtful perspective, and I would definitely work with her again—and recommend her to other writers.

Emily Bain Murphy

I am just beginning to explore memoir writing. Shannon has helped me better express and refine my stories by pushing me to dig deeper and say things I was afraid to say. I’ve been thrilled with the results.

Nabil Ayers