Perhaps her name has recently grazed your ear during casual conversation? If you don’t know about her yet, you will and be prepared to be blown away! Samantha Shannon is a college student with an imagination that has already projected her into Forbes Magazine as becoming the next J.K Rowling…. and she’s only 21! We recently partnered with Samantha and got to discuss the inspiration behind her new novel, The Bone Season, how she deals with success and the idea of future hurdles. This fresh faced author is a story of her own.
Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London, where she started writing at the age of fifteen. She is currently studying for a degree in English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford. The Bone Season is her first novel (published by Bloomsbury, the publishers of Harry Potter). Not out until August 20th, her book is already being developed for film by Andy Serkis and the Imaginarium Studios. A profile of Samantha has just appeared in the New York Times and she is the subject of this Forbes article, entitled 'Is Samantha Shannon the next J.K. Rowling?'
Samantha started writing The Bone Season when she was only nineteen years old, shortly after completing an internship at David Godwin Associates (DGA), a literary agency in Seven Dials, a small district in London. While she was there, she developed the storyline that would launch her literary career, "I had a vivid image of a girl having the same day at work as me, but she happened to be clairvoyant" – and The Bone Season was born.
Perhaps it all started at the age of fifteen when Samantha wrote her first science fiction novel called Aurora. It never became published and in fact as she explains, "It will collect dust in the attic until the end of time." Perhaps that was the kind of push this talented young mind needed. Her success comes from very sound advice that she once gave herslf and now shares with fellow young and inspired girls hoping to make their dreams come true as well. "Be open to constructive criticism, don't be afraid to start again, and whatever you do, don't give up at the first hurdle." What great advice!
Pre-orders for the book will open with retailers this month. To celebrate, the book publisher is offering a chance to win a $300 gift card to Ruche -- all you have to do is enter your name and email! Just click here!
Thank you Samantha for such beautiful inspiration!