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Texas Author Jo Ann Swahn Releases Debut Novel “Shaping Shannon” – A Multigenerational Tale of Overcoming Adversity And Forging Her Own Destiny

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Austin, Texas - Jo Ann Swahn has released her debut novel “Shaping Shannon,” a captivating story that explores the question of what shapes a person’s character.  The novel traces the 115-year history of one family’s perseverance in different countries, cultures, and complicated world events. “Shaping Shannon” follows the story of the eponymous Shannon Swenson, a formidable businesswoman, who battles her way up the corporate ladder while breaking glass ceilings, fighting gender and wage discrimination and mentoring promising young women.

Born and raised in Texas, Jo Ann Swahn draws on her upbringing and professional life to create the story of Shannon Swenson.  Now retired and living in a tiny town just outside Austin, the author draws on her own life experiences to weave Shannon’s story of self-will, determination and perseverance.

“Shaping Shannon” is a must-read for any woman over 50 with an immigrant story, and those interested in Texas history and South Africa’s fight against apartheid.  The novel explores the mystery of how a person’s character is formed.  Is it genetics, heredity, upbringing, environment, or self-will?  The reader experiences Shannon’s abusive childhood, her coming of age through the culture wars of the 60s, and battling racial injustice and prejudice—facing her challenges with unflagging courage.

One Amazon reader raves about the book.  “Jo Ann Swahn’s storytelling ability shines in new and unexpected ways through her first novel masterpiece.  ‘Shaping Shannon’ follows Shannon’s family as they immigrate from Sweden, settle and establish roots in Texas, and survive the turbulence and world events of the twentieth century.  Shannon’s love and determination lead the way and serve as an example of overcoming adversity.”

The novel is now available in bookstores, and libraries and also available on Amazon.

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