Hi, I’m Shawna Atteberry, and I am a writer, teacher, and baker. My love for writing began in the second grade when I wrote my first short story set on Venus (and that’s all I remember about it). My love for teaching began in high school when I started teaching a Sunday School class, and my love of baking began in the 4th or 5th grade when I received an E-Z Bake Oven for Christmas. I have worked many jobs over the course of my life, but at heart, I have always been and will always be a writer, a teacher, and a baker
As a writer, I have researched and written theological books and articles. In addition, I’ve edited religious education materials and published one book, What You Didn’t Learn in Sunday School: Women Who Didn’t Shut Up & Sit Down, (Wipf and Stock Publishing, February 2013). I also love to write about Chicago, and I’ve written three unpublished novels. When it comes to fiction I love to write urban fantasy. I also want to start writing about my love for baking, which has seen me through two years of the COVID-19 pandemic (so far). And yes, I am one of the reasons you had trouble finding flour anywhere in April 2020.
In addition to teaching Sunday School, I’ve also taught at local and national conferences, and I volunteer for Literacy Chicago as a Citizenship Teacher and an ESL tutor.
In my free time, I like to take long walks along Lake Michigan and through downtown Chicago, cook and bake for friends, crochet, knit, and read. You can follow my cooking and baking adventures on Instagram. I am an avid science-fiction/fantasy fan and consume books, TV shows, and movies in that genre. I am also a lay preacher and teacher at Grace Episcopal Church.
You can email me at Shawna@ShawnaAtteberry.com.