Samantha Shannon author of her debut novel 'The Bone Season.'
Oh, to be young, pretty and in possession of a degree from Oxford University and a seven-book deal from British publishing powerhouse Bloomsbury, original home of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. To be, in other words, Samantha Shannon.
To cap it all off, to be touched by the modesty gene.
"For me, just being published feels like success," Shannon tells USA TODAY during in an interview in Oxford, the iconic campus town famously described by English poet Matthew Arnold as a place of dreaming spires. "I know how difficult it can be." ...