Colin Shanafelt is an author, traveler, Air Force veteran, and Professor of English. His published works include What Gods Would Be Theirs? (a novel) and One Thing Right (a children's book). He is currently finishing his second novel, Apotheosis, which chronicles the run-up to general artificial intelligence via quantum computing. As a USAF forward air control technician, Shanafelt deployed to Kuwait for Operation Southern Watch (1997) and to Colombia for counter-narcotics operations during the Drug War (1998). In 2013, Shanafelt circled the globe with his wife and daughter, eventually visiting twenty-five countries in fifteen months.
Originally from the small west Texas community of San Angelo, Professor Shanafelt currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife, Wendy, and his thirteen-year-old daughter, Presley. He holds a Master's Degree in Literature from Texas State University. For four years he taught English and Coached the Swim Team at Lake Travis High School. Then, he taught English for two years at St. Michael's Catholic Academy before transitioning to the college level. Shanafelt has been a part-time Professor of English at Austin Community College (ACC) since 2008 and has taught online English and Humanities courses at San Antonio College and St. Phillips College in San Antonio, Texas.
With the release of Apple's first iPad, Shanafelt developed a suite of educational applications including Literary Analysis Guide, Essay Writing Guide, American Literature Guide, Et. al. His apps were a great success, which allowed him a two-year hiatus to travel with his family. They left from New York heading east and never turned back. In 2013, however, the overall app market took a dramatic decline as more and more apps became free. Shanafelt limped home from Costa Rica, sold his app business, rejoined his colleagues at ACC, and began planning his next adventure . . . another circumnavigation but this time heading west and on a 40' sailboat.