Shannon McLatchey Balloon

Shannon McLatchey Balloon writes books and poetry for children that are inspired by history, magic, and folklore. A former journalist-turned-lawyer, she now spends most of her time driving carpool, volunteering for the school’s arts alliance, and writing creative fiction. Born and raised in a small Florida beach town, she now lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her college-sweetheart husband, three school-aged kids, and two very spoiled dogs (one big and one little). 

Shannon is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis, Inc.


Paper Lanterns Literary Journal

December 9, 2021

Shannon's poem, Turning Point, was published in Issue 7 of Paper Lanterns, a literary journal for readers and writers of YA. You can listen to Shannon reading her poem here, and purchase a copy of Issue 7 from the Paper Lanterns website


“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

Albert Einstein