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Q & A

Every now and then, I get emails asking me questions, and I try to answer each one in a timely manner, but I’m not always the best at replying, especially if I’m writing, or editing.

Recently, one of my favorite fans, that has been with me from the start (You know who you are!) sent me a fun question and answer image and asked me if I would fill it out.

I thought since it was Friday , and I desperately needed to take a break from editing, I said, sure, why not?!

 

  1. Celebrity Crush? Does Mr. Darcy count? Everyone knows that Christian Bale is my boyfriend in another universe.
  2. Something you can’t live without? Oxygen. Oh, okay, I’ll be serious…my children.
  3. Someone that saved your life? (if any) My husband. I’m sure he’s been tempted to strangle me plenty of times, but he hasn’t and therefor has spared my life. Thanks, Baby!
  4. Someone you look up to? Margaret Thatcher & J.K. Rowling…I have a thing for strong, British women.
  5. Favorite song? This is a tough one. I love music. I can do a top five. Fly me to the moon, Can’t help falling in love, Bittersweet Symphony, I alone, Dixie Chicken, I Walk the Line, Renegades, Can’t buy me love, Only if for the night, Lightning Crashes, Awake my soul, Heathens…See? I can’t even narrow it down to five!
  6. Last movie you say in the theaters? Assassin’s Creed or Rogue One? Can’t remember.
  7. Next movie you hope to see? Logan.
  8. Career goal? Keep writing!
  9. Favorite color? Black.
  10. Someone that annoys you? The list is long, my friends…
  11. Favorite Disney character? Goofy.
  12. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I never look that far ahead.
  13. Favorite food? Lobster, fried clams, and pasta.
  14. If you could fly anywhere right now…? A private island in the middle of the Caribbean.
  15. Last person you texted? My brother, Kerry.

 

Someone also recently asked me if they can be a character in my book…um, no. If you have the tackiness to ask, you will never be featured. Sorry, just a little rule I have.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

~Shannon

Q & A with the author

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I love receiving questions via email and Facebook. There is nothing an author loves more than to answer questions about their work with people that truly are interested.

 

1) How do you write so quickly? I feel like you’re releasing books every few months.

It’s true, I do write fast, and I have been on quite a tear in the last year or so. I can only attribute it to the fact that it took me a long time to take this leap into writing and now I can’t seem to stop.

 

2) Your ‘Diary of an Indie Author’ blog posts seem to suggest you hate mainstream publishing, what do you have against them?

I have nothing against mainstream publishers. I respect and admire many of the publishing houses out there. I do not like it though when certain people in the publishing world take cheap shots at self-publishing authors. I do not take those insults lightly and I also feel the need to call them out on their remarks as it not only pertains to my profession, but also to other talented Indie Authors who work very hard.

 

3) What advice can you give to aspiring authors?

Write what you like and not what you think someone wants to read or what will sell. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard, ‘Oh, I’ve always wanted to write a book,’

OK, then what has stopped you?

It is not an easy profession nor can you expect a steady paycheck. You have to have a blinding passion to write a book and if you have it, then you’ll know what to do when you’re done because nothing will stop you from publishing.

 

4) Have you ever thought of writing something other than paranormal romance?

Yes, I have and I am happy to say that I will be exploring contemporary romance later this year.

 

5) What are your future projects?

I hate to answer this question because I, like many authors, are fiercely protective of our work and we don’t like to give too much away before we are almost ready to publish.

Right now I have finished the third book of The Fae Witch Series, The Cursed Dagger and I will be releasing it at the end of March. I also have finished part one of the final book in the series, The Cursed Scepter, and I hope to publish in May of this year.

I can say that I have an ambitious year planned as far as writing. I have a stand alone contemporary that I want to start on soon. I have the option to add four other books to the series, but it does not have to come out one right after the other so I can go back at my leisure if I choose.

I have a paranormal trilogy planned and I have already started working on my outline.

I have an idea of a two book series that is in the very early stages. The inspiration for it hit me like a bolt of lightening the other day and I can now think of nothing else!

 

6) Is it hard to balance motherhood and writing?

No, not at all. My three children come first and always will. My twin boys are almost 16 so they are pretty self-sufficient, yeah that was the sound of my heart breaking a little, and my daughter who is 8, is also very understanding. I honestly do most of my writing at night when everyone is sleeping so my work generally does not interfere with day-to-day life. The only times it stinks is when I have to get up early to get them to school after only sleeping for a few hours!

 

7) How do you come up with your ideas for a story?

That is such a hard question to answer. I find inspiration in everything around me. It could be a picture, it might be a phrase or a song. A writer notices details that others may dismiss and while they may stroll past none the wiser, a writer is already writing characters and plot lines in their heads.

 

8) Have you ever written about people you know?

No comment 😉

 

9) When will your books be in print?

My books can be in print right now, but I have chosen not to explore that option just yet. I suppose it’s because I feel bad  that I would have to charge someone $10- 12 dollars for a print version of my work when they could download it for $2.99-3.99.

 

10) If you could meet one author, dead or alive, who would it be?

I don’t really drink, but I would have to say I would definitely knock back a few with Hemingway.

 

11) You always ask this in your interviews, so what’s the weirdest thing you have ever googled?

I’m a writer of paranormal romance so let’s just say I have googled some sketchy sh*t.