The authors at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside estate in Tarrytown, NY

(Joni & Shannon at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside estate in Tarrytown, NY)

Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon are freelance writers who share a passion for reading and travel.

Joni’s work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Continental, Pages, BookPage, The Writer and on Prior to launching her freelance writing career, she spent ten years in marketing and editorial in the book publishing industry at Ballantine, The Random House Trade Group, Bloomsbury, and Hyperion Books, where she was Assistant Director of Marketing. Joni holds a masters degree from Cambridge University and currently lives in London, England.

Shannon’s work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Arrive, France Today, The New York Daily News, The Miami Herald, Shelf Awareness, and other magazines, newspapers, and websites. Prior to freelancing she spent ten years working in marketing for various publishers, including Penguin USA, Hyperion Books, and Simon & Schuster. A former Hoboken, New Jersey resident, Shannon is traveling full-time in the United States and abroad. She has been on the road since 2010, and chronicles her adventures at


Shannon has spoken about Novel Destinations and literary travel at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Texas Book Festival, the Robert Frost Farm in New Hampshire, and at bookstores and libraries. If you’re interested in having her speak at your organization, click here for information.

To book a radio interview or for inquiries regarding appearances, she can be reached at