Sharon Shinn

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Sharon Shinn
Shinn at Capricon 29 in 2009
Shinn at Capricon 29 in 2009
Born 1957 (age 60–61)
Wichita, Kansas, US
Occupation Novelist, journalist
Nationality American
Education Northwestern University
Genre Science fiction, fantasy

Sharon Shinn (born 1957) is an American novelist who writes combining aspects of fantasy, science fiction and romance. She has published more than a dozen novels for adult and young adult readers. Her works include the Shifting Circles Series, the Samaria Series, the Twelve Houses Series, and a rewriting of Jane Eyre, Jenna Starborn. She works as a journalist in St. Louis, Missouri and is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Shinn is a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Rams fan and is also a big fan of the TV Show Lost.[1] She is a frequent attender of science-fiction/fantasy conventions. Her first Guest of Honor stint at a convention was ArmadilloCon 26. She was also the Guest of Honor at the convention Capricon 29.

In 2009, she donated her archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.[2]

In Laurell K Hamilton's novel Obsidian Butterfly of her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, Anita Blake mentions that she reads Sharon Shinn's novels to help her deal with her phobia of flying.



Safe-Keepers series[edit]

Samaria series[edit]

Twelve Houses series[edit]

Elemental Blessings series[edit]

Shifting Circle series[edit]

  • The Shape of Desire (Ace Books, 2012)
  • Still Life With Shape Shifter (Ace Books, 2012)
  • The Turning Season (Ace Books, 2014)

Other novels[edit]

Shorter works[edit]

  • Fallen Angel (novella) in To Weave a Web of Magic (Berkley Books, 2004). This story is set in Samaria.
  • When Winter Comes (novella) in The Queen in Winter (Berkley Books, 2006)
  • "The Sorcerer's Assassin" in Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy, edited by Dana Stabenow (Ace Books, 2006)
  • "Wintermoon Wish" in Firebirds Rising (Firebird Books, 2006)
  • "The Double-Edged Sword" in Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology (Tor Books, 2006)
  • "Bargain With the Wind" in Elemental Magic (Berkley Books, 2007)
  • "The House of Seven Spirits" in Unusual Suspects (Ace Books, 2008)
  • Quatrain contains four novellas: "Flight" is set in Samaria, "Blood" is set in the world of Heart of Gold, "Gold" is an addition to Summers at Castle Auburn, and "Flame" is a prequel to The Twelve Houses Series (Ace Books, 2009)
  • "Nocturne" in Angels of Darkness (Berkley Books/Penguin Group, 2011). "Nocturne" is set in Samaria.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  2. ^ Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection Archived 2012-06-03 at the Wayback Machine., Northern Illinois University
  3. ^ The Locus Index to SF Awards: William L. Crawford - IAFA Fantasy Award Winners By Year Archived 2010-08-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "2002 Best Books for Young Adults". Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 

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