About R. D. Shanks

R. D. Shanks is an author, book reviewer, and English teacher from Ayrshire, Scotland. She graduated from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, with a 1st in Literature in 2013. She has an eclectic taste in fiction, and her favourite authors include Mervyn Peake, Dianne Wynne Jones, Mo Yan, and Sarah Waters.

Her debut novel, ‘A Reverie of Brothers’, was published in December 2014. Her first children’s book, ‘Merlin and Guinevere: A Happenstance Meeting’ was also published in 2015.

Both are available on Amazon: Buy A Reverie of Brothers Buy Merlin and Guinevere: A Happenstance Meeting


This image is an accurate summation of her daily life.



Shine On Award

Many thanks to Jane’s Journal for nominating my blog for the Shine On Award! I love writing on WordPress and interacting with other bloggers here is my favourite aspect of blogging, so this award means a great deal to me.

Here are the award rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

shine-on-awardI can’t guarantee how interesting these facts will be, but here are 7 things about me nevertheless:

  1. If I could travel anywhere, I’d love to visit Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and New York. And New Zealand. This is why I need to start playing the lottery…
  2. I spent two years learning Chinese, and hope to pick up my lessons again soon.
  3. I once confused ‘viscous tubing’ with ‘fallopian tubes’ in a biology exam, which was kind of embarrassing.
  4. My favourite films currently include Scott Pilgrim, Titus, Battle Royale, The Hobbit, and The Lion King.
  5. This is more of a non-fact, but I don’t have a favourite colour.
  6. I’ve officially been vegetarian since I was 16 (I was veggie on and off before then), and hope one day to cut down on dairy, too.
  7. I frequently get my lefts and rights mixed up, which makes for interesting moments while driving.

I’d like to nominate the following blogs for the Shine On Award. These are terrific pages and I would highly recommend that you check them out!

  1. Tranquil Pomelo
  2. Both Paper and Not
  3. Book Interrupted
  4. High Fantasy Addict
  5. This one just fell off my bookshelf
  6. The little bookworm
  7. Books, etc
  8. The Book and Movie Reviewa
  9. The Nerd Next Door
  10. Rose Read
  11. Confessions of a Fancy Nerd
  12. Books, Libs, Scripts
  13. The beginnings of a literary adventure!
  14. Bookaholic in Therapy
  15. For the love of bookshops