A Ribbon of Sand is Mike Shannon’s first novel. He spent several years of his youth in the South Carolina Low Country; the culture and natural wonders are woven into his soul. His fascination with folklore and the supernatural stretches back to those boyhood days—and he’s had paranormal experiences signposting his life’s journey.

Before turning his attention to fiction writing, Mike had poetry published in various literary journals in America and the U.K. He has also had articles in several publications, including a major piece in the English music magazine Shindig. Finding music as essential as air, he listens to everything from Black Sabbath to Bartók. Mike has a Bachelors degree in anthropology from Loyola University, Chicago, and presently lives in Westmont, Illinois with his wife Julie and cats Scrimm and Magers.