Monica Shaughnessy

Monica Shaughnessy draws on her experience as a lifelong Texan by creating characters larger than the Lone Star State itself. She’s the published author of novels, short stories, and plays for the children’s market, and two of her stories won finalist status in writing competitions. Her books are offbeat and strangely dark, but always thought provoking. When she’s not slaying adverbs and polishing prose in her own work, she’s helping other writers uncover the hidden gems in their first drafts.

Check out what clients are saying:

“I cannot say enough about the developmental expertise of Monica. I have had my middle grade novel professionally done, spending over $1600+, and it wasn’t worth half of what Monica has done for me.” – Maria Ashworth

“Thank you so much for your kind words and VERY helpful comments. You have a lot of good ideas and I will be starting to rework my chapter book series based on your suggestions.” – Bryan Kile

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Her books:

TTH FINAL Jan 26 LOW RESThe untold story behind Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.” 

Philadelphia, 1842: Poe’s cat, Cattarina, becomes embroiled in a killer’s affairs when she finds a clue to the crime: a glass eye. It’s only when her beloved “Eddie” takes an interest, however, that she decides to hunt down the madman. Her dangerous expedition takes her from creepy Eastern State Penitentiary to Rittenhouse Square whe
re she runs into a gang of feral cats intent on stopping her. But new problems arise faster than she can solve them. 

As the mystery pulls Cattarina deeper into trouble, even Eddie becomes the target of suspicion. Yet she cannot give up the chase. Both her reputation as a huntress and her friend’s happiness are at stake. For if she succeeds in catching the Glass Eye Killer, the missing pieces of Eddie’s unfinished story will fall into place, and the Poe household will once again experience peace. At the story’s pulse-pounding conclusion, Poe gets the inspiration he needs from his feline muse, enough to finish “The Tell-Tale Heart.” 

Full of Victorian witticisms and rich, historical detail, this cozy cat mystery is a fictional account of Edgar Allan Poe’s real-life animal companion. Fans of historical and animal mysteries are sure to like this series.



Dane Winter has never, ever been afraid of the dark.

As the richest kid in Winterville, he lives in a mansion, owns tons of gadgets, and gets $1,200 a week in allowance. In fact, he has everything a twelve-year-old could want, except his freedom. Born with a rare sun allergy, Dane is forced to spend his days in the gloom of Winter Mansion, hiding from deadly UV rays. But everything changes the day his parents give him a solar protection suit.

Using this spectacular new gift, Dane explores the town his ancestors built and finds all is not well with Winterville. The evil Mad Dogs are on the move, and they’re planning their biggest caper yet. So Dane dons his suit, teams up with his klutzy gal pal, Jinx Bellamy, and resurrects their childhood superhero team of Doom & Gloom. But he soon finds saving the day is a whole lot harder than it looks in comic books. Full of sci-fi fun and dazzling swordplay, Doom & Gloom delivers for action/adventure lovers, ages 9+.

Season of LiesAnimals talk…if you know how to listen.

Robin Calloway has always been “special”–a misfit who lives more in her own head than the real world. Some, including her father, even think she’s crazy. So when her brother is found murdered, Robin’s father suspects her of the crime and sends her to a mental institution for observation. With the help of Dr. G, Robin begins to untangle memories of the killing, but admits a terrible truth about herself in the process: she can both hear and speak to animals, and this cursed ability forces her to “sleepwalk”–or blank out–for most of her day.

Fearing both the sheriff and the label of “schizophrenic,” Robin escapes the hospital and flees into the Texas Hill Country. To survive hunting season, she must accept her unique senses and gain the help of a whitetail deer herd. But Robin soon finds herself in the path of a killer desperate to hide the truth.


The universe has four forces, but the heart has one: love.

Cassie Vogler is convinced she’ll spend her junior year dateless until fellow bookworm, Jake Gunderson, moves to her windswept West Texas town. He’s super hot, super smart…and super religious, something Cassie doesn’t understand. From an early age, she was taught to reject the fairytales of faith, and Jake’s extreme views are way over the top. But she’s drawn in by the irresistible pull of his gravity and agrees to secretly tutor him in astronomy.

During these sessions, Cassie and Jake find a commonality–both have felt the sting of abuse–and this bonds the pair beyond initial breathless attraction. Yet the more their romance heats up, the more their parents drive a wedge between them. Their relationship takes a dangerous turn, however, when Cassie discovers the Gundersons’ alarming plan for their son, Jake. Can she put a stop to it without dooming both families to a violent fate?

coverDogs are no good at Eastering, that’s for sure.This Easter, Hillbilly Hound is determined to catch the mysterious rabbit with the basket and steal his goodies. But when Hillbilly sidelines the varmint, he must take over the rabbit’s duties or risk disappointing the children of the house. After a series of disasters, Hillbilly soon finds that Eastering is best left to the bunny. Full of quirky Southern humor, The Easter Hound is a silly holiday picture book for ages 3 to 5.


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