Shana Silver: YA writer

Contests and Publication History

My YA novel, The Art Of Selling My Sister finished in third place in the 2007 RWA Chick Lit Chapter’s “Get Your Stiletto In The Door” contest and came in forth place in the 2008 RWA North Texas chapter’s “Great Expectations” contest

My short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in ShatterColors Literary Review, The Hiss Quarterly, The Deepening, and Shine Journal.

About Me

Shana, reading at age 2
As you can see, I started reading at a very early age.

BIO: SHORT VERSION:

I am a human (unless my child doesn’t sleep through the night, then I am a zombie).

BIO: LONGER VERSION:

I write novels. I work on educational publishing. I used to be a computer animator. And I love Vampire Diaries, Buffy, My So-Called Life, Veronica Mars, and just about any other TV show that doesn’t involve boring stuff like law or medicine.

I designed the Superbowl graphics for the 2007 and 2013 Superbowls on CBS as well as the March Madness graphics that air every March. I also designed and animated the graphics USA Network (ever see a screen with tune-in information telling you what’s on next?), truTV, MTV. Aside from TV, I’ve worked on a CGI Barbie movie called THE BARBIE DIARIES. I’ve also done visual effects for several TV pilots, television opening titles, and a number of commercials you probably fast forward through.

Now I work for a major publisher in Digital Publishing where I oversee the creation of ebooks, iPad apps, and other technologies.

ABOUT MY WRITING

When not wrangling around a tiny human I created in 2012, I spend all my spare time writing. This means I often neglect my husband, but he doesn’t seem to mind. He has nerdy podcasts to keep him company. I also neglect housework or other unimportant things like sleeping.

I started writing since I could say my first word. I wasn’t too impressed with the name my mom had called herself, “Mommy,” so I made up my own replacement. “Bobu” seemed a much more appropriate title at the time. It’s no surprise that I had an imaginary friend with magical powers (she could walk through lava. How cool is that? Though, not terribly useful growing up in NJ). I wrote and drew a picture book series about my magically enhanced friend as soon as I could string coherent sentences together. It only escalated from there.

When I was 7 I wrote a non-fiction book called BLOOPERS, BLOOMERS, AND GRANDMA that chronicled the funny mishaps my real-life Grandmother encountered, from the perspective of her granddaughter. As you can imagine, it made for thrilling reading. In high school, I kept notebooks full of poetry, song lyrics (even though I had no musical talent what-so-ever…unless you count my talent for getting crushes on guys who played instruments), and short stories.

I wrote my first novel when I was 17. This was before I learned about things like plots or character arcs. The book was 75k consisting of mostly existential dribble and none of the characters had names. It did have a premise though, miraculously.

Luckily I had the good sense never to revise this, though I do regret making my poor mother read it. She loved it. But she doesn’t have the best judgement, she also proudly displays all my childhood artwork at home and in her office. Some of that stuff is not fit for public consumption.

In college, I wrote another novel that may have been more autobiographical than fictional despite the name changes. This book taught me about how a first draft does not equal a final book.

Flash forward several years and several more books. Some close calls to selling. Some forever enjoying life on my hard drive. I write in a variety of genres: contemp YA, sci-fi YA, magical realism YA, MG, and NA.

 

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