Samantha Shannon is a writer who has created a new world for us to dive into, her first novel The Bone Season was published in the US and the UK last week.
Shannon lives with her mother and stepfather in Ruislip, has an Oxford degree and has set her novel in the city. It was during an internship with a London literary agent that she first started writing the book.
Her first manuscript, Aurora, had already been discarded, after receiving little interest. But it did get her the two-week internship with a top London agent, during which she had the idea for her new book.
This book, The Bone Season, is the first of seven she wrote whilst studying at Oxford, working all day and writing every evening.
Shannon has said that she knew it was going to be a series, her inspiration wouldn’t fit into one book. She is determined to make each book better than the last.
The rights have been snapped up in 20 countries around the world and her publisher has sold the film rights to a British company.
All that hard work has paid off for this up and coming writer.
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