My name is Shannon Meyerkort, and I am a Perth based writer. I love to tell stories.
This website will direct you to some of the sites I currently write for, or have written for in the past. You will also learn about the novels I am writing, as well as my own past and present websites, Fundraising Mums and Relentless.
Although I have always loved writing, I haven’t always been a writer. I originally started out as an anthropologist (that’s the study of human culture, not bugs) and undertook a Masters of Public Health, before working as a researcher in various hospitals and universities across Australia.
It was after my second daughter was born and we knew we were planning a third, that I realised a career-change would be required. After three long months of sessions with a career counsellor she came up with two options: event planner and writer. Although I love planning a good party, the choice was always clear: I had wanted to be a writer since I was a child.
Before leaving, she gave me one piece of advice that I have never forgotten: she told me “Shannon, remember that as a writer, your life will be like a jigsaw puzzle, with lots of pieces that all fit together to form the picture of your career. Some pieces will pay well, others you will just write for the love of it, some pieces will satisfy you creatively, others will just be ‘work’, one piece may be a long novel, others will represent smaller pieces of work. Over time the puzzle will grow and a picture will form, but you will always have many different elements to your writing life.”
I have written a lot since then.
I founded one of Australia’s most comprehensive fundraising ideas websites, Fundraising Mums (which I later sold in 2020). I reviewed restaurants. I worked as an editor and set up a number of websites including Free Perth and Perth Mums Group. I have freelanced for various companies and seen my work published in newspapers, magazines, books and on websites across the globe. I have a hundred different ideas pinned to a corkboard above my desk and floating around in my brain.
I released a number of eBooks in 2015 including two children’s stories (beautifully illustrated by my daughter) and a book called The Brutal Truth About the Third Child, all of which are available on Amazon. More recently I have been writing short stories in decodable text for my dyslexic daughter as well as working on a special book-length project about dyslexia.
I didn’t start writing novels until 2017, but now it’s all I want to do. My primary genre is historical fiction and so far, my three books have all been set in Perth, Western Australia.
The Teacher, loosely based on the story of the original owner of my home, is set in the months before World War One, at a time where railways were king, electricity was new, and social interaction was still governed by Edwardian sensibilities.
In 2019 I completed the first draft of Behind Closed Doors a unconventional love story set during the 1960s, 70s and 80s. This manuscript won me a place at the Katharine Susannah Pritchard Writers’ Centre First Edition Retreat, for emerging writers with a new manuscript. This included a place on the Four Centres Emerging Writers Program. I am hoping to start on the second draft of Behind Closed Doors later in 2020.
While at the KSP Writers’ Centre, I had the idea for my new novel, with six inter-connecting stories. When COVID-19 hit in early 2020, I realised that it made the perfect backdrop for the novel and by mid-2020 I had completed the first draft of Letting Go, which is my first contemporary novel.
I have also been lucky enough to win a few writing prizes, such as first place in the 2010 West Australian Newspaper Summer Agenda writing competition which comes with its own humiliating story, and first place in the 2015 City of Subiaco Local History Awards.
In all of my writing I call on my experiences as both a researcher and mother, and my study of people and history.
So that is me. Welcome to my site – have a look around. I hope you enjoy my words, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Shannon Meyerkort July 2020