Local man, Shannon writes children’s book

By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Local man, Shannon writes children’s book   Local author, Patrick Shannon wrote and published a children’s book entitled, “Viva Cisco.”  The book is about the adventures of a parrot named Cisco and is in the tradition of other children’s books such as, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Winnie the Pooh”, and “The Wind in the Willows.”  The books targeted audience is children between the ages of 10-13.
   Shannon wrote the book with the intention of being sophisticated enough for children and adults.
   “Viva Cisco” is a trilogy of funny stories, with humor ‘cool’ enough to appeal, and tales that read as if they were animated films.
   This is not by accident as, Shannon dreamed up the story as an animated feature.  
   Shannon grew up with an uncle who was an animator for Disney, and spent a lot of time meeting the animators and watching the process take place.
   Shannon got the idea for the book while he was living in Albuquerque, N.M.  One day while peering outside his house he read the name of his street, aptly named Parrot Run.  At that time he began thinking of why the street was named Parrot Run.  He came up with a story about how years ago parrots would migrate to this place and have a get together.  
After that, the characters began to write themselves, and before he knew it he had a book.
   Shannon resides at Blue Sky Villa in Conrad and has been interested in writing since his high school years.  Shannon was employed by a major oil company for over 33 years, where he was able to travel the world mostly in Asia and the Middle East.  As Shannon puts it, “I started out on a shovel, before I moved to computer systems analysis and finally to human resources development.”
   During his formative years, Shannon was influenced by author, Richard Halliburton, whose most famous work is, “Road to Romance.”  After reading Halliburton’s works, Shannon dreamed of traveling the world and writing of his adventures.
   He continues, “I had written numerous essays and poems throughout my life, but it wasn’t until I retired that the true writer in me came out.”
   Shannon is a self-proclaimed humorist and says that he is used to writing for adults, and this will probably be his only children’s novel.  He notes how difficult it is to adjust your writing style when you are writing for an audience of children. He had a 13-year-old field test the book and found that he was able to ratchet-up the vocabulary to make a better product.
   “Viva Cisco is available at the Conrad Public Library and the library at UMS.  If you would like to order a copy or read a sampling you can go online at www.outskirtspress.com/vivacisco.