ShaNeil Harada

About Me


Caricature by Jen Lee

 Mom, Author, Programmer

I have been writing since I was six.  I was sitting in church and my mom gave me a piece of paper and pencil to keep me occupied...I wrote a terrible little poem, I wish I still had a copy of it.

My first writing acknowledgement was a second place ribbon on a story I wrote in the second grade about my parents who were EMTs at the time going through a door to another world and saving the king there with syrup of ipecac.  It was a very moving story.

I always wanted to take all the beauty and magic that I see and put it on paper for people to see.  I tried drawing and painting but I’m really quite terrible at it, so I had to settle for writing which I seem to have a knack for.

I have an Associate’s Degree in Marketing and Business Management from Eastern Idaho Technical College and at some point in the pursuit of my degree I discovered that I don’t really like marketing and business stuff.

So a few years later I went back to school and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Game and Simulation Programming from Devry University Online.  If you want to prove that you can multitask with the best try raising three kids working full time and going to college full time.  It was…educational.

Yes as I mentioned I have three kids.  Jordan is 13 and is an aspiring chef (which is great because I hate to cook).  Ethan is almost 10 and is a little ADHD genius who will play two games on the computer, carry on a conversation with his grandma, an argument with his sister and make a mess all at the same time, it’s quite a talent.  Summer is almost 9 and is a beautiful (and she knows it) drama queen.  My mom, Judy, also lives with us and helps keep me sane.  Any successes in my life I owe to her as she has always been my encouragement, support and sounding board.  Plus she reads my stories for me and tells me if they stink.

Besides writing I enjoy making movies with my kids.  We are big fans of Doctor Who and we are working on a junior version of the movie, with Ethan starring as Doctor Who-little and Summer starring as his beautiful companion.  Jordan plays the bad guy and I get to be the director, camera person, and everything else.  I even bought a realistic sonic screwdriver on Amazon to add to the realism of our show.  I also enjoy going camping with my best friend April and my kids. 


About The Author

ShaNeil Harada is a single mom with three kids who lives in Southeast Idaho.  ShaNeil loves to read all kinds of books, particularly fantasy, and loves to write.  She is currently working on two new stories while preparing several completed works for publication.