Patrick Shanahan








The second oldest of thirteen children born to Irish Catholic parents, Patrick grew up in Chicago.  His works include human interest pieces, children's stories, short stories and three full length novels. His favorite genre is crime fiction.  His articles and short stories have appeared in various newsletters, newspapers, and national magazines for the past eight years.


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Other Works by Patrick Shanahan:

Terror on Home Soil

The Justice Club

Numerous human interest stories appeared in DRG owned national magazines. Currently writing columns for Moberly Monitor Index, Moberly, Missouri and The Home Press Macon, Missouri. Interviewed and written over 100 military veterans' stories appearing in Loc Haven Nursing Home (Macon, Mo.) annual Veterans' Salute.


Bunny Bunny children's coloring picture

Consuming Tales bookmarks

Consuming Tales Wordsearch puzzle

Crimson Timelines Wordsearch puzzle

Love Matters bookmarks

Love Matters Wordsearch puzzle

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Memories and Imagination
 ... a collection of fast-paced tales that includes cold case detective dramas full of unexpected (though plausible) twists and turns alongside warm-hearted stories about lost love found, as well as playful snapshots of daily life, reminiscences, and chance encounters ...


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Endings are a part of life's relentless cycle.

Here is a mixed genre selection of tales reflecting life's mirror.

Murder mysteries, ghost and war stories, fantasy and contemporary, this collection of work from Crimson Cloak Publishing's talented stable of authors offers a variety of reads within the pages of one book.

You won't want it to end!


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The Beast, by Nkosi Ife Bandele

Skari's Tale, by Heather Cawte

Fare Thee Well, By Jess and Keith Flaherty

Swan Song, by Ricky German

Arrivals and Departures, by A. Lawati

The Art of Dying, by Will Neill

The Girl in the Blue Dress, by Esma Race, illustrated by Veronica Castle

A Meeting of Souls, by Esma Race

Mr. Mayor, by Patrick Shanahan

The Mysterious Case of the Brain Snatchers, by Rick Stepp-Bolling

Bob's Story, by Rick Stepp-Bolling

The Luckiest Man in Vietnam: (Marines 0, VC 1), by Gary Winstead

With bonus story A Motherís Grief, a Motherís Hope, by Pam Smith

 

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An Interview with Patrick Shanahan

Author of Memories and Imagination

JR Ingrisano

  

Patrick Shanahan is the author of numerous short stories and several books.  Memories and Imagination, Shanahan's fourth book, is a collection of fast-paced tales that includes cold case detective dramas full of unexpected (though plausible) twists and turns alongside warm-hearted stories about lost love found, as well as playful snapshots of daily life, reminiscences, and chance encounters.  Memories and Imagination was released on June 19, 2015 by Crimson Cloak Publishing

 

Ingrisano:  Let's get some of the basics out of the way.  Tell me a little about you.

 

Shanahan:  I was born and raised in Chicago, so that makes me a city kid. I'm also the second oldest of 13 children born to Irish Catholic parents; that made me a poor city kid.  I've been married for 50 years to my wife, Sandra.  We have three adult children and three grandchildren. 

 

Ingrisano:  Where do you live today?

 

Shanahan:  Currently, we live in Macon, Missouri [almost equidistant from St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield].  We found an idyllic place overlooking a lake.  It's a simpler lifestyle, and the taxes are cheaper.

 

Ingrisano:  How long have you been writing?

 

Shanahan:  I have been writing novels and short stories for 40 years.  I wrote my first book in 1975 and put it away for years.  When I read it after getting serious about writing, I realized how bad it was.  I had ruined a good story.  Since then, I've corrected it. 

 

I have a wide range of interests as a writer.  My works include human interest pieces, children's stories, short stories and three full length novels. However, my favorite genre is crime fiction.  My articles and short stories have appeared in a number of newsletters, newspapers, and national magazines over the past eight years.

 

Ingrisano:  In Memories and Imagination, your latest book, which is your favorite short story or shorter piece, and why? 

 

Shanahan:  As my mother often commented when asked who her favorite child is, "They're all my favorite."

 

Ingrisano:  I enjoy the way you work up a plot for your cold case detective stories, such as "What Happened to Robert Atkins" and "The Treasure of Washio Reservoir."Ě  As a writer, how do you map out your plots and construct your stories?

 

Shanahan:  I give each manuscript a lot of thought before writing anything, and I research information that I use to weave the plot.  I know where every story is going from the beginning.

 

Ingrisano:  What do you enjoy best about writing?

 

Shanahan:  Creating something out of nothing.

 

Ingrisano:  What's the most difficult thing about writing for you?

 

Shanahan:  Promotion.  It used to be that there was a handful of big publishing houses.  What got published was seen.  Today, more and more books are being self-published and promoted.  It is difficult to get your work noticed.  Plus, with all the social media about which I am no expert the game is constantly changing. 

 

Ingrisano:  What are you working on now? 

 

Shanahan:  Another series of short stories.

 

Ingrisano:  What are the titles of your other books?

 

Shanahan:  The Bull, They Called Her Jane, Handful of Boxcars, Terror on Home Soil, and The Justice Club.

 

Ingrisano:  Who is your favorite author? 

 

Shanahan:  I enjoy mysteries and detective stories.  So, there is Harold Robbins.  I also like Nicholas Sparks.

 


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Memories and Imagination by Patrick Shanahan can be purchased at Amazon, Kindle, CreateSpace, Smashwords, eventually Apple iBookStore, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Nook, etc. for: $12.99 for print and $2.99 for e-version. Http://www.amazon.com

 

Crimson Cloak Publishing, St. Louis, Missouri, is a multi-genre publisher that publishes both print and e-versions of books.  Bigger than a boutique publisher, CCP prides itself on offering authors a hands-on, personal touch through staff members who bring decades of experience to each publishing adventure. www.crimsoncloakpublishing.com.

 

JR Ingrisano has published short fiction in Wilderness House Literary Review, Eskimo Pie Magazine, and Love Matters Anthology, published by Crimson Cloak Publishing.  His first novel, Captain Jolly's Do Over, is published by Crimson Cloak Publishing.   

 






Mr. Ghost Man
Short story inLove Matters,
volume 3 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies
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The Vanishing Hitchhiker,
short story
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The Adventures of Bunny Bunny
illustrated by Lynn Costelloe

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Mail, and
Vladimir Lazorav is Missing
two short stories in volume 1 of the Crimson Tales series
CRIMSON TIMELINES

Mail
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Vladimir Lazorav is Missing
is a clever cold case investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a deeply unpopular man

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