Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon are the authors of Novel Destinations: A Travel Guide to Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West, 2nd Edition (National Geographic) and Writers Between the Covers: The Scandalous Romantic Lives of Legendary Literary Casanovas, Coquettes, and Cads (Plume).

Shannon’s writing has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Arrive, France Today, Shelf Awareness, The Miami Herald,, and other magazines, newspapers, and websites. Prior to becoming a freelance writer she spent ten years working in marketing for various publishers, including Penguin USA and Simon & Schuster. From 2010 through 2017, Shannon traveled full-time in the United States and abroad. She now spends several months of the year on the road, and the rest of the time she lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Joni’s writing 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 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.

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

Joni and Shannon at Washington Irving’s estate, Sunnyside, in Tarrytown, N.Y.