Shannon Hochman is both an illustrator and writer. He was lucky enough to have been actually born in Washington, D.C., and not one of its surrounding suburbs. He lived there until college, which is when he moved to New York City to study traditional animation at Manhattan's School of Visual Arts. After ten years in the big city (and enough drama to fuel at least ten novels), Shannon decided to take a risk and haul his entire life to the deep American south, where he attended graduate school at the Savannah College of Art and Design. It was there that he had the epiphany that his artwork and his writing was meant to go hand-in-hand, which defined his creative identity. In Shannon's opinion, illustration has a place in books for all ages, including fiction for adults. This spawned a project which would eventually become OLLIE, his debut novel.
Much of the ink and quill artwork Shannon has created for OLLIE can be found on his website. It was done for his MFA thesis project, which centered on the topic of illustration in mature fiction. He enjoys the development of ideas and world building, and aims to market his work towards visual design. His eye for detail and love of research and history makes this particularly fun. Shannon is "that guy" who always has to have the last word in debates, mostly because he has an annoying penchant for remembering any and all useless facts.
Shannon's favorite things are music, food, comic books, literature, period dramas and British folks. His favorite place in the world is Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York.