About Me

Hey, there! My name is Shantal Sessions (pronounced Shawn-tall). 
But really, Call Me Shawn!

The first of seven children, I have three sisters and three brothers, all of whom I love dearly. We are a

rowdy, rambunctious, opinionated, sassy bunch of siblings 

and it is always really fun to get together. 

Is this pic classic or what?
We're all grown up now, but this is the only pic I have of  my immediate family together. I'm the one in the silly beret. When was that ever in style? Oh, well;)

I was the first in my family to graduate from college. No one in my family had done so previously, but all of my brothers and sisters, and my mother, have graduated since then. I feel slightly responsible for that.

With a B.A. in History and an M.A. in English, I’ve had a natural penchant for reading and writing all of my life, so this writing thing comes pretty easily to me. I love putting the puzzle pieces of a story together. I'm a terrible drafter (meaning I write as slow as molasses) because I always stop to fix everything. I guess I'm more of a writer/editor. I have a great story and I'm excited to bring it into the world, hopefully fairly soon. I was born in Germany (Air Force brat) and grew up in SoCal, but fate landed me in glorious, beautiful Utah. I have lived here since I was 16 years old. Somehow (the story is pretty crazy), I was fortunate enough to model professionally for the McCarty Agency for 12 years and earned enough to support myself through college.

Back in the day.

Nowadays, I chase after my busy sons and try to make sure they grow to be decent and honorable young men. It's by far the hardest job I've ever had. As a teenybopper, I had the usual jobs, like working in fast food and clothing stores. I even bussed tables at Marie Calendars for awhile, until I decided that working on campus in a workstudy capacity was A LOT easier and much less messy. Oh, how I hated that job. Talk about motivation to get an education! I began teaching as an adjunct professor in English right away. Shortly after that, I started my family. I tried to juggle teaching with tending my babies, but it was hard. I honestly felt like I was totally ignoring my children just to grade papers. With the amount of time it took to prep and grade versus what I was being paid--yeah, so NOT worth it.

So, I write!!!


  1. You are an excellent inspiration for everyone who reads your biography. I would love to readyour books

  2. Wow, Vannily. Thank you so much. I consider myself really average, but I try to make good decisions that work for me and my family. Plus, I work really, really hard:)


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