About the Author

My name is Shanna Reed Miles and I live in Georgia with my daughter, educator husband and my writing demons. I work as a school librarian and try to fill my time writing and reading Young Adult novels. My passion is Paranormal  Romance, but I also have a deep affinity for diverse Science Fiction like that of Octavia Butler and Sherri L. Smith.


Years ago, the darkness came to Carolina. It came and devoured the Willows, one by one. Sixteen-year-old Collette, a powerful empath, was one of them. A part of a long line of powerful witches that stretches back as far as the shores of Africa, she was especially gifted, or cursed depending on how you look at it. Locked away by her mother to shield the girl from the emotions of others, she died before she had ever really lived or knowing how special she truly was.

Fifty years later, murders are happening again and when an aging member of the secret coven makes a magic-laced prayer for help, Collette is chosen to answer the call. Shocked at first and then grateful soon after, if she thought the second time around would be all peaches and honey, she was mistaken.

Snatched from limbo, she has to choose between living the life she’s always wanted and following the path of the Willows; a path full of sacrifice and responsibility. Soon, problems pile sky-high as she struggles to keep the boy who could blow her cover at arm’s length and her sanity as family secrets come to light and the darkness threatens to kill her…again.

But, then again, when you’re Willow Born death can be just the beginning.

WILLOW BORN is an 83,000 word Southern Gothic Paranormal Young Adult novel in the teenage realm of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series (without the sex). Fans of Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be delighted with the book’s mix of supernatural drama, romance and mystery.

Little things about me….


1. I refuse to live outside of the sweet-tea region of country. Really, is it that hard to stir in the sugar while it’s hot? I’m talking to you Arizona.

2. I wrote my first book in elementary school and sent it to a cousin. I guess I knew what I wanted early.

3. I used to work in Pharmaceuticals and found it to be soul sucking.

4. I played raunchy comedy during my water birth and made my nurse blush.

5. I’m an advocate of diversity in literature of all levels, because the world is presented to children in books. If people of color don’t matter there, they don’t matter anywhere.

6. I love social media, but just can’t get the hang of Instagram. Selfies? Blech!


  1. Charles

    you have my attention

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