Shawn Mihalik is a writer, editor, and (maybe?) photographer. He’s the author of five books—three novels and two novellas—as well as short stories, essays, and journalism.

Shawn was born in San Diego, California, and grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, where he worked in several restaurants. After a year studying journalism at Youngstown State University, he dropped out, moved to Pittsburgh, and wrote a scathingly hilarious novel about the world of American restaurant chains.

In 2013, Shawn drove across the country, to Missoula, Montana, where he became The Minimalists first tour and operations manager and, eventually, editor in chief of Asymmetrical Press.

Shawn currently lives in Central Oregon and is the managing editor of Paleo Magazine. An avid lover of all things analogue, he regularly contributes to He teaches a popular online writing class, How to Write Better, with his friend Joshua Fields Millburn.