Shannon Mullen

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I'm a high school teacher & writer living in Toronto, Canada. I love traveling and learning about new places & cultures and have previously worked as a teacher in Colombia, England, Nunavut, British Columbia, and Ontario.

See What Flowers, a novel about love and mental illness, is my debut novel. I blog about my adventures in teaching & travel at shannonmullen.me

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Shannon Mullen If I could travel to a fictional book world, I would go to Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. It is the setting of the classic Canadian novel, Anne of Gre…moreIf I could travel to a fictional book world, I would go to Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. It is the setting of the classic Canadian novel, Anne of Green Gables and the character, Anne Shirley, had a huge influence on my childhood. When I was in middle school, my friend Katie and I even imagined that our schoolyard were various settings in the book. She would be Diana and I would be Anne. We were quite geeky but completely obsessed with the book and its characters. Green Gables, the house belonging to the Cuthberts, Anne's adopted parents, actually is quite a popular tourist attraction. But I've never been to PEI. Even though I could visit it now as a tourist, it would certainly be amazing to travel to the fictional world created by Lucy Maud Montgomery. (less)
Shannon Mullen I'm going to finally read "Mexican Hooker #1" by Carmen Aguirre. It's a memoir about her childhood trauma growing up in North America as a Chilean ref…moreI'm going to finally read "Mexican Hooker #1" by Carmen Aguirre. It's a memoir about her childhood trauma growing up in North America as a Chilean refugee. My brother got it for me for Christmas and I still haven't read it, as I've been busy prepping for new courses at the high school where I teach and editing my new novel. Also, I want to read "A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara (another Christmas gift!), which looks like a very powerful read about 4 friends in New York City who have graduated from college.

Since I'm teaching High School French, I am trying to make an effort to read more in French to improve my vocabulary. One of my friends lent me "Cinquante Nuances de Grey" (50 Shades of Grey in French) last summer and I still haven't read it...not like it will help me with vocab I could use in the classroom--LOL! So if anyone has any suggestions of great francophone literature, please let me know!

If I get really ambitious, I will also try to read something in Spanish...but YA or Graphic Novels are likely the best option for me due to my fluency level (intermediate)(less)
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Travel has allowed me to see the world through a different lens. So I’ve started taking some photos of what I learn along the way.


I’m currently obsessed with birds and deer.


I contribute stock photos to iStock and Shutterstock so that others can use them for their own creative projects. You can see more of my photos there.


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“Even the tiniest of flowers can have the toughest roots.”
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