Shannon Murray's first book was written for her own son who has ADHD. The story won last year's Lucy Maud Montgomery PEI Children's Literature Award in the Prince Edward Island Literary Awards. Shannon is professor of English at the University of Prince Edward Island where she teaches Renaissance Literature, Drama, and Children's Literature.

A past director of UPEI's Teaching Centre, she was awarded the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellow in 2001. Shannon grew up in Halifax and now lives in Prince Edward Island with her husband and two children.