About the Author
Shannon D Rhodes
After years of keeping journals, diaries and various spiral bound books of ideas, I finally sought my dream of publishing a children's book series.
Shannon D Rhodes (1973 - present) was born in Ft. Scott, Kansas. My family moved numerous times within the U.S. before settling in Greenwood, Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Arkansas where I obtained my bachelor's degree. For the past 19 years I have been a successful Businesswoman working in Sales, Communications, Education, Analytics and Solutions. In 2009, after several failed pregnancies and experiencing multiple adoption frauds, I successfully adopted my daughter in a dramatic, yet amazing forty-eight hours after her birth. This chaotic experience and the story of my own life launched my dream of writing children's books. Ironically, I first penned "In Search of a Family," a yet to be published novel detailing my experiences to motherhood. In early 2014, I started a small business and launched my first children's book series under the same name; My Kind of Family.
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I was inspired to write this series by the many facets of my personal life. As a survivor of an unfortunate childhood trauma, I understand the value and need for open communication with your child.
When it comes to life experience... let's just say my spectrum is pretty broad. From winning the State High School Debate Championship to having a commercial drivers license and working assembly line shift-work. From being a Christian Camp counselor and Youth Pastor to being kicked out of church when they found out I was dating a woman.
From being an Arkansas Razorback Pom Squad member and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) member to working as a cashier, Railway hostess, and waitress while completing college and volunteering for the NWA (Northwest Arkansas) Battered Women's Shelter and coaching Special Olympics.
I live, alive. No regrets, because it's the lessons I've learned through pain that have made me who I am today. Faith and Family are very important to me. It is my Faith that helped me survive when the practice of "cutting" would come and go throughout my life.
I've survived the sadness of a miscarriage and multiple failed insemination attempts, been the victim of TWO horrible frauds while attempting open private adoption and happily rejoiced in the thrill of a finalized adoption.
When my daughter asked why her family didn't look like the families in her favorite books, I decided it was time to follow my heart. I took my years of experience, journals, and creativity and created My Kind of Family. A series where the child and caregiver are gender, skin tone, eye color and hair neutral, allowing YOUR child to create a family that is just like YOURS.