Synchro Boy

Arsenal Pulp Press

Shannon McFerran

When a boy joined her daughter’s synchro club only to disappear after the first practice, Shannon wondered what the story would look like if a guy joined and stuck it out. She even jumped into the pool to swim with a novice masters trio for a season. The result? Her first book for young people, Synchro Boy (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018). Her writing didn’t start with synchro, though. At thirteen, Shannon bought a spiral notebook and a BIC pen at K-Mart, and began her first novel while sitting in the hallways of her high school. Thirty years later, she’s still looking for the space to keep writing—even if that means shutting herself in the office storage room on her break. She likes to write for young adults because that’s when getting to the truth of who we are and what we care about feel like life-or-death tasks. Shannon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and a BA in Writing from the University of Victoria. She has written stories for magazines including Room, Riddle Fence, and subTerrain. She lives in Victoria, BC with her husband and daughter, an adorable Havanese puppy, and a crabby Calico.


Synchro Boy (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018)


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