Merry Shannon

Merry Shannon author profile on TheLesbianReview.comMerry Shannon is one of my favourite authors. Her works are brilliantly written, imaginative and great fun.

Her world building is fascinating and full of depth, making her the perfect author for the fantasy genre.






This is what she said about her work:

Your Writing

A brief description of your writing:

I write lesbian romance with fantasy, historical, and/or adventure themes.

One word to describe your books:


Who/What inspired you to start writing?

I fell in love with reading when I was really, really little. I was a bookworm in elementary school, and started writing my own stories in when I was about seven years old. Storytelling has just always been a big part of my life.

Why lesbian fiction?

I’m a big romantic, and wanted to write the sweet, sappy, sexy, angsty kind of stories that I love to read… with main characters that I could relate to.


If someone is new to your work, which of your books should she read first?

Branded-Anne-by-Merry-ShannonSword-of-the-Guardian by merry shannonGreat question! I’d say it depends on her tastes. If she loves adventure and sexual tension, she should definitely start with Branded Ann. If she enjoys a more youthful, sappy romance she should start with Sword of the Guardian.

Sword-of-the-Guardian by merry shannonWhat inspired you to write Sword of the Guardian?

I wanted to revisit a story idea I’d had in middle school, but flesh it out into a lesbian romance. It was influenced a little by Xena, a little by the Japanese manga Rose of Versailles, and a little by the Japanese Takarazuka theater. I wrote the first draft over the course of about six weeks, posting new chapters almost every day online for my friends.

See our review of Sword Of The Guardian


Branded-Anne-by-Merry-ShannonWhat inspired you to write Branded Ann?

Pirates! Well, honestly, I was seeing these cheesy romance novels on the shelves of grocery stores, with their painted covers of swooning women and dashing dudes, and had always wished that even one of those covers had two women on it. The pirate romance is a very common dime-store-novel trope, and I thought “I should write one with women.” So I did. :P

See our review of Branded Ann


What inspired you to write Prayer of the Handmaiden?

As I was nearing the end of writing SotG, I knew I wanted to write a series in this world so I could visit Talon and Shasta again. Erinda’s bit of backstory that came out in SotG was so interesting and had so much potential that I knew she needed to have her own book.

See our review of Prayer Of The Handmaiden


Other Works In The Lesbian Genre

Your favourite lesbian book (not written by you):

Ack that’s hard! There are so many! I guess my very favorite is probably Broken Wings, by LJ Baker. It’s kind of like a lesbian version of Fern Gully, one of my favorite animated movies, but darker, more romantic, and with a brilliant message about what it can cost to be different in an intolerant society.

Other faves include Nell Stark & Trinity Tam’s everafter series and the When Women Were Warriors series by Catherine M. Wilson.

Your favourite lesbian movie

The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls In Love.


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