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 a Senior Account Representative at Ingram Micro, where she has been employed for 25 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. She is the Founder of Parents Pushing Past Their Grief, an online support group for parents that have lost a child. 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.