Melisa and I are thrilled to introduce you to a sweet woman and talented writer, Shannan Younger! You will be discovering many spotlight posts on our cast members in the 8 weeks left before the 2013 show, with the hopes that you feel better connected to the entire cast on show date…
What led you to writing for Listen To Your Mother Chicago?
Women I admire have previously participated and I had some friends who were going to give it a shot, but I wasn’t feeling very confident. My husband worked hard on the confidence front and then left the state, which gave me some alone time to write. My mom nudged me a bit about it, and I wrote about that here. I’m so fortunate to have an amazing support system.
How do you feel about the show in general?
I love that it focuses on both the universality of motherhood but as that is seen through our own unique experience. I’m very excited to be a part of the Chicago show, but nervous, too.
How long have you been writing?
My biggest writing success may have come when I was selected for the county young author’s conference in third grade. Seriously. I loved writing as a kid, but found it tough to find time for as a grown-up. I wrote a personal blog just for family and friends for several years. Then, I attended a party at which a psychic told me I should be doing something creative that I enjoyed doing as a child, and oddly enough that motivated me. Tracy Jensen was at the party where I spoke with the psychic, so I asked about guest blogging for her, and then started writing Tween Us for Chicago Now in May 2012.
What do you typically write about?
I write about a variety of family issues. Most of what I write pertaining to parenting tweens, which is typically viewed as kids ages 8-12 who aren’t little any more, but aren’t quite big, either. They are, however, opinionated and hormonal and insightful and fun. I also write about our awesome blended family (okay, maybe I’m a little biased), my divorce (that was not awesome) and my time as a single parent (occasionally awesome, occasionally not awesome).
Have you ever performed on stage before?
Not since high school. Thornton Wilder is probably still rolling over in his grave. And there were some pageants (which means I have some great stories).
I’m not the most coordinated individual and have tripped (okay, fine, full-on face planted) in some very public situations. Goal #1 for this event is to stay upright. And I think I’ll leave the rhinestones at home.
Where do you come from?
I’m a Midwestern girl through and through. I am originally from Pickerington, Ohio
I currently live in Naperville, Illinois.
Favorite places to frequent with family in the Chicagoland area?
Some of those places have changed as my daughter gets older, but the Art Institute remains a favorite, as does the zoo. We’ve also never met a frozen custard place we didn’t like.
What trait is your “signature” trait with family and friends?
I asked for help with this answer on Facebook, and my favorite responses included: kindly snarky and always prepared to mix a drink.
If you were stranded on Lake Shore Drive in the worst traffic jam in history, what 3 items would you want to have with you and why?
I’m actually prepared for this, both the scenario and the question. I have blankets, water and granola bars in the trunk of the car should it happen. I’m hoping that gives me three more items. I’d want a great book, fun 80s music, and my phone.
Chocolate or Licorice?
Chocolate. Definitely chocolate, and preferable milk or white chocolate. I may have to amend the above answer to the LSD traffic jam to include white chocolate now that I think about it.
Coffee or Tea?
I’m a tea girl.
Any famous words you live by? Or do you live by your own words? If so, what are they?
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
I really like Jim Valvano’s quote “To me, there are three things we all should do
every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”
We know you’re going to love Shannan as much as we do! For information on how to purchase tickets for the May 5th show, click here!