01 September 2013

Interview with Shannon McNear



Shannon McNear is the author of the historical romance novella Defending Truth, part of A Pioneer Christmas Collection, and her first published story longer than a thousand words.

Shannon, welcome to Overcoming With God.  We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers. 

Would you tell us about the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help? 
I used to think it was the depression, with which I struggled hugely through my teens and periodically after. Being in my middleish years now, though, I believe it’s anger. I was handed this legacy of rage by my family history, and for a long time bought into the lie that my own outbursts were justified. Eventually, the same thing which helped me overcome childhood abuse and depression—that anything we’re afflicted with, or tempted to, Jesus has experienced in some form or another—helped me release the anger. It isn’t that the wrongs done us are “nothing.” We sin, and we are sinned against, and it’s a big deal—it’s what sent Jesus to the cross. But He took it in His perfection and innocence, and paid for it all. If we truly believe that, and that He is our shield and defender, then we must trust that He’ll make all wrongs right, in His time.
And in the meantime, I’m responsible for my own actions, and reactions.
A Pioneer Christmas Collection

Disability friendliness: Is this latest release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio?  Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print?  
Being such a newbie author, I have no idea what Barbour Publishing intends to do in that department. I hope they’d consider audio format!

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?  
A big one is combat-induced PTSD, as my hero grapples with that. I also touch on depression, forgiveness, and grief and loss issues.

Thank you, Shannon, for agreeing to answer these questions.  Have a blessed day and keep on writing!!
Thank you for having me!

You can read more about Shannon at her website, www.shannonmcnear.com, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Pioneer Christmas is available at:
Available at:
Christianbook.com (paperback and ebook formats)
Amazon (paperback and Kindle formats)
DeeperShopping.com (paperback)

GIVEAWAY: Copy of Shannon's book.  Leave a comment.

62 comments:

  1. I am excited to read this book! I love Christmas novellas- they help get me in the Christmas spirit :)

    colorvibrant[at]gmail[dot]com

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  2. Shannon, thank you so much for sharing your testimony with us on OWG! I was also a victim of child abuse, which didn't result in anger issues for me, but I had a ton of other things going on. I've come a long way, thanks to Jesus!

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  3. Thank you, Heidi, I hope you enjoy it! And Diana, you're welcome ... what I wrote looks so short now that it's on the page, but I hope it's helpful. Depression and insecurity were biggies for me, too. Thank the Lord, truly, that He's rescued us!!

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    1. Me too, Shannon, and major trust issues. Yes, PTL!

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  4. Shannon, we are so glad to have you on the blog! Welcome to OWG. Glad you joined us at CACW and are contributing now on CQ, too!

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    1. Thank you for having me, Carrie! <3 <3 <3

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  5. Thank you for the very interesting interview but I was sad when I heard of Shannon's past. However, I would love to win this book and I thank you for this contest. Contests really are a good way to introduce new authors! Mary Lou K I love Christmas books especially!

    flowersmarylou85@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Mary Lou! Truly God is good ... He knows how to take what we were and shape us into what we are today, as well as what we will become! I could not live if I didn't believe that "all things work together for good." Blessings!

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  6. Sorry, I forgot. flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thanks.

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  7. "We must trust that He’ll make all wrongs right, in His time. And in the meantime, I’m responsible for my own actions, and reactions." What a wonderfully profound statement and so very true. Thank you so much for sharing. I look forward to reading A PIONEER CHRISTMAS!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Ah, thank you, Britney! I pray it's a blessing to many, today, and I hope you enjoy the stories!

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  8. I would love to read your book. It is hard being bought up like that I know, I grew up thinking i am worthless. But i know in Gods eyes I'm not. I still have doubts though and anxiety issues. Thanks for your story. Love to read this story, Thanks for the chance to win it.
    Blessings
    Diana

    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Diana, thank you for sharing too! It's a journey ... step by step ... sometimes the greatest thing is just to have patience with the process of growth and healing.

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  9. I love Christmas books - and the word "Pioneer" on the cover makes it even more special! Can't wait to read this book!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you!! Hope you enjoy this one. :-)

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  10. I'd love the chance to read this book! It looks fantastic! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and entering! :-D

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  11. I am looking forward to reading Shannon's new book. It's great to know that it's that time of year to start reading Christmas stories. Lovely post. :)
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. It IS almost that time, isn't it? I hope you enjoy it!!

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  12. I just saw this book today as a new release. Thank you for sharing even hard things with us Shannon. Thank you Carrie for introducing us. Would love to read this and winning a treasure is always nice !

    Blessings
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you, Linda, for your kind words (to all of you!! it feels like I'm saying the same things over and over but I don't want to leave anyone out, LOL) ... and thank you for stopping by! :-)

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  13. My ex husband was abusive with my two daughters.
    It was and still can be very hard to get over it
    when it comes back into my mind. I didn't know
    about it until they got older and it finally came out.
    Would love to win this book.

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    1. Oops, forgot to leave my e mail address

      seraphinangel7@aol.com

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    2. Oh, Juanita, that is very hard. In my experience, it's easier to forgive when the offense was against yourself than against someone you love--especially someone in your care! My prayers are with you and your daughters as you continue this journey. <3

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  14. Pleased to meet you Shannon. Thank you for sharing.

    I love Christmas stories. Among my favorites.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Pleased to meet you as well! You're so welcome!

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  15. I love novellas,especially Christmas. Enjoyed the interview. Please enter my name in the giveaway. Thank you!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you so much, Barbara! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I hope you like the collection! :-)

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  16. Thanks for the interview Diana and Shannon. I think we all have had things we've had to overcome at one time or another. Sorry yours was so bad and so many years. Glad GOD helped you overrcome it. Thanks for the give-away. I love Pioneer books and Christmas books too.I would sure love to win this book. Will try if you girls will put my name in, and this time at the top. LOL Gotta pick on my OWG girls. Love them tho.
    MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Maxie! And for me, I know many have had it much worse ... even in the midst of dysfunction and hardship, I can see God's protection. Blessings!

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  17. SHANNON, so cool to have you on OWG! Thanks so much for sharing your testimony with everyone. I could relate quite a bit to it as I also had a rough childhood steeped in anger and physical abuse, and since becoming a Christian when I was almost 20 yrs, God has done so much in me and I am SO thankful to Him that that cycle of abuse & anger was able to stop with me!

    I still can hardly believe you are a 'newbie' author, your story was fantastic!! Looking forward to sharing a review of it with everybody throughout the week! :)

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    1. {{{Noela}}} God is so awesome that way, isn't He?? How wonderful to hear your testimony, as well!

      And wow, thank you so much!! I'll confess ... this road to publication has been a long, LONG one, with a lot of "wait ... not yet ... keep going" from God. :-) I'm so glad you enjoyed the story, though!

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  18. OWG I WOULD LOVE TO WIN. THANK YOU FOR THE CHANCE.ANGELACHESNUT246@GMAIL.COM

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  19. Thanks for sharing Shannon.I love Christmas stories any time of the year.I would love to win and read these stories.jackie_tessnairatyahoodotcom

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    1. You're so welcome, and I hope you enjoy them!

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  20. I sure would love to win this book, i love Christmas stories
    Shirley B jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you like them!

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  21. Christmas is my favorite time of year and I love all that goes with it. It would be really special to have a new book about the season. It can also be a hard time for many, those with losses and those with special needs.

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    1. It definitely can be, Sonja! My heart goes out to all those who struggle with the season.

      Many blessings, and thank you for your comment!

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  22. Thank you for sharing with all of us Shannon. Christmas stories are such a joy to read! Thank you for the chance to win.
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're so welcome, and I hope you enjoy these! :-)

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  23. Amen! I loved reading about your most difficult thing. I've gone through and have been going through some issues of anger toward people that have been just nasty in my life, but I loved the way you put it, "He is our shield and defender"! Thank you Shannon! :)

    Many Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

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    1. Thank YOU, Amada! It's so hard to release these things to the Lord, but I'm learning (slowly at times) that He is to be trusted. Blessings!!!

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    2. :) Yes Ma'am! Sometimes I literally have to stop whatever I'm doing and remind myself that He knows all and He knows best! :)

      Hugs, ASC

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  24. I'm looking forward to reading this book, so many of my favorite authors have stories in here, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, Wendy! Thank you for stopping by! :-)

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  25. I love reading Christmas stories and can't wait for an opportunity to read Pioneer Christmas Collection.

    Katie J.
    johnsonk133ATyahooDOTcom

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  26. How rich! This would be a treasure.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  27. Great interview !!!! Putting PTSD into the story is great, we need awareness, thank you !!!
    Looking forward to reading Pioneer Christmas Collection !!! Have a blessed day !!!
    Rosemary. rfoley@salemstate.edu

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    1. We do, indeed, Rosemary. PTSD is a documented phenomenon since at least Revolutionary War times--probably for all of history. I didn't have as much time and space to explore the issue as I'd like, but I hope you enjoy the story!

      Thank you to everyone for your kind comments!

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  28. Thanks for sharing your story. I look forward to reading this collection of stories and winning a copy would be so awesome!
    Vicki
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  29. What a beautiful interview. Would so very much love to win the book. Have a God blessed day. momtr3@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment! Thanks for stopping by, Bonnie!

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  30. Hi, Shannon!

    SO glad you are an overcomer - with God! I enjoyed your post.

    Congratulations on your publication!

    I love pioneer stories & would love to read/win the novella! ALL the stories sound wonderful!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, Bonnie! I hope you enjoy them. Blessings!

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  31. I can't wait to read this book! I love stories like these.

    jociadam@hotmail.com

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  32. Thanks for sharing your testimony and congratulations on your story! I'd love to win. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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