Shonna is a Canadian born writer and artist based out of Calgary, Alberta. Creativity is where she finds her centre. It constantly challenges, frustrates, and invigorates her. Writing is Shonna's prefered form of expression. Like so many young people, it started with bad emotional poetry. By the age of twelve, she was already writing novel-sized manuscripts. At fourteen, she won her first serious acknowledgement when she entered a short-story competition with people much older and experienced than herself. The letters she received back from both the Calgary Publisher's Society and fellow contestants, were full of praise. Still, a perfectionist at heart, she's always struggled with sharing her writing, always feeling as though readers deserve better (something she can give them if she just works on it a bit longer). She has created countless training manuals, marketing booklets, and other non-fiction works, however, Lost Infernal her first attempt to bring a novel to fruition.
Drawing is what Shonna does when the words just aren't coming. She works minimally in digital mediums (her digital art can be found all over this website), preferring to work in with a good old fashioned set of pencils. It is a medium she believes to be under utilised in today's more technology driven world. Known as Sraointe on deviantART, Shonna has done a considerable amount of revisualisation of established characters, but is working more and more toward original characters she's designed. She enjoys the challenge of the male form and she has been dubbed 'The Queen of Male Pin-Up'. If ever given the chance, she would love to do peices for some of her favourite character designers, including Tetsuya Nomura and Tite Kubo.
Conventions and Appearances
Outside of writing and drawing, Shonna is a mother of two, married to a man who loves Nerf and Lego, and is a full time Database Administrator and dabbles in Resource Development. She has been LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) since she was nineteen. Her LARP of choice is White Wolf's Vampire:The Masquerade. She started with LARP as a way of get a more indepth experience with character creation. It was there that she met her husband, and some of the best friends any person could hope for. It's an experience that she is grateful to her sister for introducing her to.
Final Fantasy is an addiction for this busy woman. When FF7 was released, she bought the Playstation so she could play it. Then, when FF10 came out, another purchase was made, this time of the Playstation two. Continuing on her streak of console purchases almost entirely for the game, the Playstation 3 was welcomed into her family with the advent of FF13. Up until recently, her favorite character was Sephiroth, but his title is now matched by Ciaus Ballad. She will readily admit to having a thing for villans.