Shanna Swendson

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Shanna Swendson
Pen nameSamantha Carter
GenreRomance, Chick lit

Shanna Swendson is an American author of romance novels and chick lit. She has also written under the pseudonym Samantha Carter. Swendson is perhaps best known for the "Katie Chandler" series of novels, beginning with the 2005 publication of Enchanted, Inc.


Although Swendson majored in broadcast news at the University of Texas at Austin, she enrolled in a wide variety of courses that she thought could help her become a successful novelist.[1] These courses included fencing (useful for fantasy novels), the search for extraterrestrial life (useful for science fiction novels) and parageography (the geography of imaginary lands). After her graduation, Swendson worked in public relations and became serious about learning to write a novel, joining local writing organizations, and researching the novel-writing process.[2] She completed her first manuscripts for a contest, winning the science fiction/fantasy category and attracting the notice of an editor. Swendson sold this novel and two others in 1995 to a publisher who insisted that she use a pen name.[3] She chose the name Samantha Carter, in part because she wanted to retain her own first initial but have a last initial from the other half of the alphabet from her own, and in part because she was a fan of The X-Files episode that included the Samantha clones. Her alter ego was named well before 1997 debut of the character on Stargate SG-1.[4]

After selling two more novels, this time to Harlequin Books, Swendson endured an eight-year period where she could not sell any of her other work.[3] Her new job for a major international public relations firm required a great deal of travel and long hours, leaving her little or no time to write. Rather than allow her to resign, Swendson's supervisor asked her to work a three-quarter time schedule and gave her permission to telecommute, which freed her schedule enough that she could begin writing again. Office politics began to arise, however, and Swendson became less and less happy with the job.[2][5]

In 2004, she sold Enchanted, Inc. to Ballantine Books.[6][7] Swendson has since written five sequels featuring the heroine Katie Chandler.[8][9] Book 7, Kiss and Spell, is now available in the major bookstores.

Strike Entertainment is in pre-production of a film adaptation of Enchanted, Inc. In January 2010, Steven Rogers was hired to write the screenplay.[10] Rogers wrote the screenplays for romantic comedies Hope Floats, P.S. I Love You, and Kate & Leopold.[11]

Swendson, who is unpartnered, lives in Irving, Texas.


Enchanted series[edit]

  • Enchanted, Inc. (May 2005, Ballantine Books, ISBN 978-0-345-48125-2)[1][6][7]
  • Once Upon Stilettos (April 2006, Ballantine Books, ISBN 978-0-345-48127-6)[2][12]
  • Damsel Under Stress (May 2007, Ballantine Books, ISBN 978-0-345-49292-0)[8][13][14]
  • Don't Hex with Texas (April 2008, Ballantine Books, ISBN 978-0-345-49293-7)[9]
  • Much Ado About Magic (September 2012, NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC, ISBN 978-1-620-51052-0)[15]
  • No Quest for the Wicked (October 2012, NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC, ISBN 978-1-620-51056-8)[16]
  • Kiss and Spell [17]

Fairy Tales series[edit]

  • A Fairy Tale
  • To Catch a Queen
  • A Kind of Magic


Swendson contributed essays that appear in the following books:

Category romance[edit]

Young Adult[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Guthrie, Courtney (July 3, 2005). "Irving writer's fiction debut enchanting". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Hayton, Tasha (April 24, 2007). "Local author brings magic to everyday life". Coppell Gazette. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Swendson, Shanna (2007). "About Shanna Swendson". Archived from the original on February 5, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2007.
  4. ^ Swendson, Shanna (2007). "FAQ". Archived from the original on February 5, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2007.
  5. ^ Swendson, Shanna (January 31, 2007). "Happy Layoff Day!". Shanna Swendson. Retrieved February 20, 2007.
  6. ^ a b De Lint, Charles (August 1, 2005). "Enchanted, Inc. (Book Review)". The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  7. ^ a b Eubanks, Michelle Rupe (May 27, 2005). "'Enchanted' makes good beach read". TimesDaily. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  8. ^ a b Churnin, Nancy (May 3, 2007). "Magic is the trick for writer; Irving novelist's series puts Potter-like spin on romance". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  9. ^ a b Mendenhall, Amy (May 11, 2008). "Women's Interests, Paranormal Combine in Fiction". Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  10. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (January 26, 2009). "Rogers 'Enchanted' by tome". Variety. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  11. ^ Reynolds, Simon (January 27, 2009). "Rogers adapting fantasy novel 'Enchanted'". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  12. ^ Fan, Katherine (June 21, 2006). "'Stilettos' trips on its high aspirations". Daily Texan. University Wire. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  13. ^ Waddell, Ealish (July 26, 2007). ""Damsel Under Stress" fun, quirky". The Thomasville Times. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  14. ^ Huntley, Kristine (May 2007). "Damsel Under Stress (book review)". Booklist. Retrieved February 28, 2010. A beguiling, magical world in which teens can lose themselves
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  17. ^ Link text Archived 2013-06-15 at the Wayback Machine.

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