Samantha Shanley writes essays, short stories, long-winded emails, and copy/content for a variety of clients. She is a writing coach for high school students and PhD candidates. She is also a mom, and now that she is no longer recovering from having children, she is figuring out how to raise those children without losing herself in the tedium of packing lunches and putting socks on.
At one time, back when she wore office attire every day, she was queued up to do interesting stuff like work on public health programs and teach hygiene and nutrition in developing countries. She also taught writing and critical thinking to reluctant, overwhelmed, and horny first-year college students. That was around the time she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. She has taken short stints living all over the world and in doing so, she has learned to speak four foreign languages. She doesn’t need these in her daily life anymore, except when she’s talking to herself, which her sons notice her doing a lot. (Her daughter doesn’t notice because she’s always got her nose in a book.)
Most mornings, you can find Samantha drinking coffee somewhere in New England, and as much as she’d like it to be in Vermont, it’s not (yet). She tries to practice Chi running without falling over, which sometimes works and often doesn’t. She is always training for some race that she may or may not start, depending on who was up puking all night or whether or not she left her shoes on the stove instead of taking them with her.
She has a touch of synesthesia, a gassy and elderly dog, a nagging travel itch, and three kids who came here to remind her how imperfect she is.