Appearances & Guest Posts

Upcoming Appearances:


Mountain of Authors

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - FREE
Location: Library 21c

I will be signing copies of Once Upon a Scream, The Deep Dark Woods, and Through Clouded Eyes: A Zombie's Point of View. Copies will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting PPLD.

This event also features two panels and a keynote speaker: Mark Lee Gardner. I am NOT a speaker, just signing, but this is a great FREE event.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference

April 28 to 30, 2017
Location: Colorado Springs Marriott

Schedule to come.

Submitting Short Stories - A ton of information is available online to help you query novels, but what if you're trying to submit short stories? We'll go over formatting, finding open markets, cover letters, and what happens after.

Short Stories: Good for the Novelist, Good for the Career, Good for the Soul - A panel with Sam Knight and Stant Litore - Short stories are often an overlooked gateway to many advantageous things in a writer's career. We will offer up some really good reasons to consider publishing a few: making new connections, learning new genres, experimenting with (and improving) writing styles, and more!

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - FREE
Location: Sam Gary Library, Denver

Deconstructing the Horror Genre - Everyone has their own definition of horror, but it's often oversimplified. The genre extends beyond jump scares and slashers. We'll break horror down to its base elements to learn how to build a solid horror story.

Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - FREE
Location: TBA

Flexing Your Short Story Muscles - Short stories are regaining popularity, with new markets regularly openin gup. Want to try your hand at them? We'll discuss how short stories vary from novels in terms of plot, characters, and other story dynamics, plus how to get your foot in the door by submitting and marketing your short works. There's no better time than now to find out what the fuss is all about and to get involved.

More to TBA soon.

Past Appearances:


Friday, October 28, 2016 - MileHiCon - Horror on the Menu: Different Flavors for Different Tastes - 9:00 PM - From psychological chiller to special effects splatter punk there are many types and flavors of horror. Our panelists explore the varied menu.

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - MileHiCon - SF/F Outside the West - 12 PM - A discussion of science fiction and fantasy outside of Western (US and European) cultural tropes and tones—including works by and similar to those of recent Hugo Award winners Cixin Liu and N.K. Jemisin.

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - MileHiCon - Reimagining History With the Living Dead - 7 PM - Just add zombies—how would history change with the living dead walking among us?

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - MileHiCon - Supernatural Fan Forum (I'll be hosting/moderating) - 3 PM - A discussion of all things Winchester… and Cass and Crowley, too, of course.

Local Author Meet & Greet and Book Signing

October 8, 2016 - 11 AM to 2 PM, Cottonwood Center for the Arts - Book signing in an art gallery - Presented by Jmars Ink and Courtney Literary in conjunction with Indie Author Day.

Denver Comic Con - See Official Schedule for More Information.

June 18, 2016 - Denver Comic Con - Signing in Booth PP15 - 11:45 AM to 1:50 PM

June 18, 2016 - Denver Comic Con - Monsters, Not Just for Horror Anymore - Room 502/503 - 4:00 PM to 4:50 PM - Monsters come in all guises these days.
Horror elements have begun to trickle through the rest of speculative fiction. Sometimes vampires glitter. Sometimes werewolves are debonair and charming. We'll discuss how various, once terrifying beasts are now appearing in urban fantasy, paranormal romance, comedy, and yes, horror. 

June 19, 2016 - Denver Comic Con - Twisted Fairy Tales in Media - Room 502/503 - 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM - These ain't your mama's fairy tales.
Fairy tales have been rediscovered. These days, they're being expanded on, mixed with different genres, and overall rebooted for the modern age. Books, short stories, movies, and television feature an array of new fairy tales, from the monstrous to the magical. What's being published and why? 

June 19, 2016 - Denver Comic Con - Why We Write Short Fiction - Room 506/507 - 2:15 PM to 3:05 PM - The pros and cons of short fiction. But mainly the pros.

Pikes Peak Writers

April 17, 2016 - Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2016 - To Make a Long Story Short, Writing short stories is a fantastic (and fun) way to hone your craft. In this workshop, we’ll explore short stories from conception to publication. What qualifies as a short story? How do you submit? And where? We’ll discuss all this and more.

April 16, 2016 - Pikes Peak Writers Conference - Book Signing. Signing copies of The Deep Dark Woods.

April 15, 2016 - Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2016 - Building Blocks of Horror, co-presented with DeAnna Knippling, MB Partlow, and Sue Mitchell (the Ladies of Darkness): What is horror, why does it appeal to writers and readers, and where do the boundaries lie?  How much is too much? Attend a panel discussion to get multiple perspectives on horror writing techniques. Learn from four darkly creative souls how atmosphere, gore, suspense, fear and humor work in the horror and related genres, plus how they handle them all.

Pikes Peak Pen Women

February 13, 2016 - Muzzling Your Inner Editor: Getting Words on Paper
Pikes Peak Pen Women


June 16, 2015 - Critique Groups (Panel)
Pikes Peak Writers


February 13, 2013 - Blogging Basics for the Professional Woman
Pikes Peak Pen Women


October 20, 2012 - A Beginner's Guide to Social Media for the Professional Woman
Pikes Peak Pen Women

September 29, 2012 - Making Personal Connections Through Blogging
7th Annual Author Fest of the Rockies

September 29, 2012 - YA: It's Not Just for Kids (Panel)
7th Annual Author Fest of the Rockies

Guest Posts:

October 10, 2016
But What Are They Eating?
Foodfic: Please Welcome Shannon Lawrence, Author of the Blue Mist

August 4, 2016
AmyBeth Inverness
Interview With Shannon Lawrence

December 4, 2011
Finding Time to Write as a Parent

January 25, 2012
A-to-Z Challenge Blog
Don't Forget the Audience you Already Have

February 17, 2012
A-to-Z Challenge Blog
Community & the A-to-Z

March 13, 2012
A-to-Z Challenge Blog
Don't Get Lost in the Shuffle: Link Tips

June 19, 2012
Writing From the Peak
Pitching Pointers

August 9, 2012
Writing From the Peak
Things to Remember When Writing Post-Apocalyptic (re-print from The Warrior Muse)

October 29, 2012
Potomac Review
NaNoWriMo: Not Just About Getting Published

November 14, 2012
Leave it to Livia
Expanding Your Blogging Network

January 15, 2013
A-to-Z Challenge Blog
Blogging Basics: Making Bloggy Friends

January 22, 2013
A-to-Z Challenge Blog
Blogging Basics: Blog Hops/Fests & Memes

January 29, 2013
A-to-Z Challenge Blog
Blogging Basics: Hyperlink Signature

March 5, 2013
A-to-Z Challenge Blog
Blogging Basics: Formulating a Post

May 28, 2013
A-to-Z Challenge Blog
Blogging Basics: Guest Posting

June 4, 2013
A-to-Z Challenge Blog
Blogging Basics: Guest Hosting

Featured on Other Blogs:

July 6, 2012
Randy Lindsay - Author in Training
This Week in the Blogverse - The Warrior Muse

April 7, 2014
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Retro A-to-Z Challenge: F - Foo Fighters 1997

April 8, 2015
Alex J. Cavanaugh
A-to-Z Challenge-G-Cult Classics: Galaxy Quest, Ginger Snaps, Guns N Roses, and More! Plus, the Scavenger Hunt is on.

February 13, 2017
Writing From the Peak
Meet Pikes Peak Writers Member Shannon Lawrence

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