Charles Monroe Day III
My name is Shannon Michael McAllister. I was born August 27, 1968 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania and lived there most of my life. My parents are Earl R. McAllister Jr. and Doris J McAllister. I graduated from Grace Christian High School and went to Lincoln Technical Institute where I got my Associate’s Degree in Drafting Technology. We lived in different areas of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania and ended up in Myerstown, Pennsylvania in 1979. Myerstown is located on the eastern side of the county near the Berks county line. I have had a variety of interests ranging from collecting state quarters to $2 dollar bills to wheat pennies. I began to write as a hobby in 1990. The reason I started writing was my girlfriend at the time, Christina Dunlap, was taking writing classes at the Lebanon campus of HACC (Harrisburg Area Community College). When I first started writing, I had no plan to get the stories published. It was just a hobby to preoccupy my time.
I worked at a variety of jobs including McDonald’s and at restaurants. I had other jobs at a grocery store and a concrete company. Life was rough and I began to drink heavily in December of 1996. In 1997, I ended up in the hospital with a severe groin infection that nearly killed me. Doctors got the infection under control and was out of work for only two months. I continued to drink heavily until 2002 and finally I decided to quit. I grew up going to church at the Myerstown Grace Brethren church. Grace Christian School was located at the church as well. I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart on August 7, 1981. I have wondered off the straight and narrow path so many times I lost count. I started playing World of Warcraft in 2010 where I met my present girlfriend Doris Ann Sherman. I am living with her in Edgar Springs, Missouri since June of 2015. We have had our share of ups and downs but we talk and work through our problems. We seek God’s help with difficult situations.
I have had many interests during his life. In high school, he took drama class, computer classes such as computer literacy and basic programming, Accounting 1 & 2, psychology, art classes, and shop. He continued his training when he attended Lincoln Technical Institute for Drafting Technology. Despite his many attempts to find a job in the drafting community, Shannon ended up working in the restaurant business, where he learned everything from washing dishes and pots to preparing entrees and desserts. He took what he learned from the business and incorporated some of those ideas into his home cooking. Despite being criticized for being overweight and different as far as having different likes than others, Shannon has made several friends during his life. Among them are Christina Dunlap, who inspired him to start writing. She may have not consciously known she was doing so at the time, but she was an inspiration for Shannon to start writing stories.