About the Writer

From earliest childhood, Shawna Reppert has had a passion for stories – for reading them and for writing them. She obtained a BA in English with a Writing Option from Penn State University and has participated in numerous writing workshops and seminars given by the likes of Charles de Lint, David Farland and Elizabeth Lyon. Two of her stories have won honorable mentions from Writers of the Future. Previous short stories sold to 10 Flash Quarterly and to Everyday Fiction. Several ‘indie’ short stories are available for sale at Amazon, and her story ‘The Beast Within’ appears in the steampunk anthology Gears and Levers 2 edited by Phyllis Irene Radford. Her first novel, The Stolen Luck, came out as a Carina Press e-book in May 2013 and is also available in Audible format It won a Silver Medal for original world fantasy in the 2013 Global E Books Awards and a 2014 Eppie for fantasy romance, proving that it is possible for a single novel to succeed in both genres. Her urban fantasy Ravensblood launched on Halloween 2013 after a successful Kickstarter and won a Gold Medal in contemporary fantasy in the Global E Books Awards. The sequel came out in January, 2015 and she is currently feverishly working on a third book. Another stand-alone novel, Where Light Meets Shadow is coming soon from The Wild Rose Press. She is currently trying to find a publisher for a novel-length sequel to ‘The Beast Within’ that she describes as a ‘steampunk Victorian detective novel with werewolves.’

In college, Shawna volunteered at a raptor rehabilitation center, which became valuable background for her short story The Sword and the Kestrel. Shawna has always had an affinity for wolves, and used to keep a wolf-dog hybrid as a pet, giving her first-hand experience to put the wolf in her werewolves. Her current four-footed children are a Lipizzan stallion and an orange-and-black cat named Samhain. She enjoys Irish social dancing and is an ardent supporter of live Irish music. Shawna also likes to play with the Society for Creative Anachronism and can sometimes be found in medieval garb on a caparisoned horse, throwing javelins into innocent hay bales that never did anything to her.

A Pennsylvania native, she currently lives in the beautiful wine county of Oregon.