MEET THE TEAM
FOUNDER & CEO
Shannon Spruill was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York but now resides in Buffalo, NY. She is a wife to Deacon Esau Spruill, Jr. and mother to three sons. Shannon graduated Suma Cum Laude from Bryant and Stratton College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in Biblical Studies. She is an Account Representative at Ingram Micro, where she has been employed for 22 years. Looking for a new road to travel, Shannon decided to pursue her lifelong desire to write her first book. She has always wanted to write fiction, but she felt she had a story to tell.
Shannon’s first book was released December 1, 2010. “My Reflection in the Mirror” is a look at some personal demons that she had to overcome. She hoped by telling her story she would inspire and empower other women. October 4, 2013, Shannon lost her son, Brian in an automobile accident. This was a devastating tragedy but instead of sinking into a dark place, Shannon grieved and relied on her faith and trust in God. She began helping other parents that have lost a child. She started the Buffalo Chapter of Bereaved Parents of the USA. She also published her second book, “The Shattered Mirror: Picking up the Pieces.” This book was about how she copes with the death of her son. Because she felt that both these books were her personal testimony, she combined both books and published them as one. In 2018, she gave the book a face-lift with a new book cover and title: “Tribulation to Victory: Birth of a Queen.”
Shannon has several other books under her belt. She is also the CEO and Founder of SMS Write On Publishing, LLC and SMS Film & Media, LLC. Shannon is a former board member for the William-Eslie YMCA and Our Curls, Inc. She is also the convener of the Faith Missionary Baptist Church Women’s Christian Fellowship Ministry. In March 2018, she received the award, "Women Touching the World", for her community work. With all of these responsibilities, writing remains one of her top priorities, second to serving God.
CaTyra Polland is the CEO/Founder of Love for Words (an editing boutique) a published author, speaker/instructor and cat mom to Honeycomb. She is also the Creator/Hostess of Editor Knows Best, an international
writing and editing podcast for literary professionals.
She is a Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 Honoree and the Professional Development Chair of the Rochester Young Professionals. CaTyra enjoys traveling, going to concerts, slam poetry, and going to the beach.
SMS Write On Publishing, LLC is a proud publisher of talented storytellers. We are passionate about books. We publish books we believe in and we inspire integrity. A highly capable, inspired and passionate team is vital to our success. Creativity and purpose is encouraged as we help cultivate each one of our authors. We seek continuous improvement in all that we do.
Founded in 2017 by Author Shannon Spruill, SMS Write On Publishing, LLC strongly believes in the enduring value of collaborative relationships, built on a solid foundation of trust and integrity. We strive to be the very best at all that we do and to have some fun while doing it.
a) We are responsible to our customers.
b) We are responsible to our authors.
c) We are responsible to our contractors.