Presentation: Tell the Story

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Presentations: Tell the Story

Shannon Symonds, a Pacific Northwest author and advocate for survivors of intimate partner and sexual abuse is available to share a presentation for your bookstore, book club, service club, church or organization. Shannon’s recently published suspense novel, Safe House, draws on 15 years experience as a certified advocate working in a small non-profit agency serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence, with law enforcement, hospitals, and facilitating trauma recovery groups. Safe House is a story that focuses on the strength of survivors, healing, advocacy, and hope. Shannon’s presentation incorporates the important messages in the book with her professional training which can be both informative and interesting for author visits that may appeal to your community.

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A Covid-19 reading of first novel, Safe House, published by Cedar Fort. My community asked me for a fireside in Utah and I couldn’t make it. I decided to share the book and the things I learned as an advocate. I read it chapter by chapter.

After I read each chapter, I give you some extra insight into the characters, the story, and why I wrote the novel about an Advocate named Grace James, Officer Joe Hart, and the survivors they support. Add your questions into comments and I try to answer them next week. 🙂 Shannon “What if home is the most dangerous place of all?” Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224 #kindleunlimited #mysterythriller #cedarfort

Captured by the Sea Photographic Art Collaboration:

Shannon brings with her the pieces created to bring messages of hope to survivors by Shannon and photographic artist Haley Miller, of Captures Photography. Pieces are available for giveaway. All pieces may be posted, copied, shared or used free of charge. This is Haley and Shannon’s gift and effort to give to survivors. Samples below.


I am LDS and comfortable addressing audiences age 12 and older. Safe House is a teen-friendly story and includes a 17-year old main character.  Presentations will be age appropriate. I love to talk about hope, healing, and helping others. The perfect plan for healing is woven throughout the gospel.






Captured by the Sea- Sample:


Event Introduction:

Shannon Symonds has a lifetime lofty but worthy goal of ending family and sexual violence. Together, she believes we can make a difference in by providing a voice and coordinating resources for survivors of trauma. Shannon worked for 15 years as an advocate in a small rural non-profit advocating for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse, responding with law enforcement and to hospitals. Shannon is the author of Safe House, a novel published in July of 2017 by Cedar Fort, multiple articles for FamilyShare, Hillary Week’s Billion Clicks blog and other contributes to other publications including the lyrics to a love song. Shannon raised six children and likes to write, run and enjoy family on the Oregon Coast.

Awards include:

  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Public Justice Award 2002 for the Tiffany Alvera Case that changed housing for victims nationally
  • Star Advocate Commendation during the National Crime Victim’s Rights Week 2002 from the Oregon Department of Justice, Hardy Myers, Attorney General of Oregon
  • Child Abuse Prevention Advocate of the Year, Davis County Child Abuse Prevention Team in 1993
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