Hi Shanna, It's great to have you visiting. Please tell the readers all about your debut novel. It's so exciting, congratulations.Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a single mom, a writer and a lover of all things literary. I live in the PA Mountains but my heart and soul will always be in North Carolina. I have a wonderfully weird little boy named Wander Stone and he is utterly perfect for his equally weird mom. J
My debut novel, Redemption will be released early in 2013 and I have a bit of a teaser preview on my blog now. So if you like the darker part of paranormal fiction, keep an eye out for my Scottish Oracles. I promise; they won't disappoint.
How did you decided to enter the world of writing?
I wish I could say that writing is in my blood and it’s the only lover I have ever had, but I can’t. I wish I could say, I always knew I would end up a writer, but if we’re being completely honest, it wasn’t always so.
I spent my teen years playing the cello and dabbling in poetry. I never thought my play with words was an art I was crafting for a career later in life. My endless journals were more of an outlet for all the things I couldn’t keep or change; they were my therapy of pages and ink stains.
Years went by and I pursued other things. I entered the world of research in animal sciences. I loved it and because I was good at it, I thought it was my calling. I worked with the most brilliant minds in this ever-growing field, but I was never truly fulfilled. I spent years bouncing from college research labs to huge pharmaceutical companies, like GSK. I loved the work. The world of science was always evolving, changing; therefore there was always something new to learn. But it wasn’t enough and it was actually an ex-lover and fellow scientist that made me realize what was missing in my life. Being a scientist himself, he understood my need for the creative art. So he pushed me to write music with him on the weekends. With his help, I found out why I was so unsatisfied with my life.
The point is I never would’ve had the confidence to write, if it weren’t for that final push from my lover. I would still be coasting through life, unfulfilled and not truly knowing why. I have him to thank for where I am today.
What does your family think of your writing?
They love it. My sister and mother are my biggest fans. I write and they pick it a part chapter by chapter. I think their only complaint is that I don’t write nearly fast enough!
Where do you get your ideas?
I am inspired mostly by music. I adore everything musical and my taste in music is so eclectic. From Tori Amos to bluegrass; I love it all.
I will admit there are a few photographers that have inspired a few of my oracles as well.
If you get a chance, please check them out. http://iomasaty.deviantart.com/
Can you tell us a little about your book?
Of course! Here is my blurb:
He was just looking for someone to keep and she wanted nothing more than to be set free . . .
Gadin Wilde had always been fairly content with his life. He had long ago accepted the fact he was one of the Damned; a vampire, an irredeemable beast driven by blood. That was until he met the very complicated and beautiful Talula Delphina.
Cursed with a fate worse than death, Talula is destined to watch the world die. Punished with the cruelest form of immortality, she knows all about the devastation of death and the agonizing pain of rebirth. For last twelve hundred years, she has relived its vicious cycle time and time again.
So when the dark and very sexy, Gadin began hunting her, she welcomed her demise at the hands of such a tempting predator. Yet Gadin wasn’t after her blood but her love even though neither of them believed that they deserved the redemption of love. And as their passions grow, powerful forces fight to keep them apart. Will their love be enough to overcome their fated paths? Or will the secret crime Talula committed centuries ago, be so damning that Gadin won't be able to forgive her?
What is your writing process?
I have to write out very detailed character maps before I can even begin to tell their tale. For Redemption, the longest character map is around 18 pages. I need to know each character from top to bottom.
But to be honest with you, I am mess. I know how I want the story to go but sometimes it doesn’t end up as I planned. My characters have a mind of their own so I have learned to let them have their way or there will be hell to pay. J
Oh and I have to write everything down long hand before I type it up. I literally have boxes and boxes of full notebooks.
What was the hardest part for you when working on your book?
The hardest thing for me would be doing my characters justice. I am a perfectionist when it comes to my writing because these characters aren’t just people on pages. They are my heart, my family and they are always there for me. I love them dearly and I just want to tell their story in a way that they deserve.
What influenced or inspired you to write?
Music; hands down, it has always been music. I write with my ear-buds blaring. I can’t write without it.
Redemption was actually inspired by a Florence + the Machine song off their debut album, Lungs. I do include the lyrics at the very beginning of my book. The song is named Bird Song if you were curious.
Was there a scene that you didn’t add or you removed in your finished work?
I was actually very lucky. I didn’t have much that I needed to cut. My editor is an amazing woman and I can’t tell you how much she saved me from myself in the editing process.
Do you have a favorite character (from you're book)? Why?
Oh to choose only one! But if you made me, it would have to be Talula.
She has to overcome so much. I can’t imagine a death of a child and in her shoes; I would probably have done exactly what she did to avenge her dear one.
She is brave and fierce and would do anything to protect her family. She is a true mother.
Do you already know what to write next? Can you tell us?
Well, I am working on the second book in the Taghairm Chronicles. It’s currently unnamed and it is Xz’s book.
Where can we find more information about you and your books?
Right now, I am polishing up Redemption and getting it ready to share with the world. It should be released by March 2013. You can find more about it on my blog and even an excerpt read by my absolute favorite narrator, Xe Sands.
My cover was done by the incredibly talented, Marya Heiman of Strong Image Editing. If you are in need of a cover, please check her out. She is amazing.
My cover artist: http://www.strongimageediting.com/
Last but not least, my editor, Marcie Turner. She is beyond amazing; I can’t stress enough how well she knows her craft. I don’t know what I would do without her guidance in this process.
If you are looking for a freelance editor, please consider her. She reasonably priced and she is gifted when it comes to polishing up your manuscript without trying to change your story.
Editing Services: http://www.lookingglassediting.blogspot.com/
Do you have any last words?
Thank you so much for having me, Patricia! I am honored that you wanted to know a little bit more about my oracles. J
Thank you Shanna for visiting. I loved learning all about you and your work. You're welcome to return to tell us about your next books.
My favorite song is?
It changes from day to day. At the moment, it is a tie between Tides by The XX and Do you? by Carina Round.
My favorite precious stone is?
I want to travel to? Why?
Scotland. I can’t imagine a more intriguing place to go and you will see the Scottish influence in Redemption from the very beginning. They are Scottish oracles after all. J
My dream is to?
To make a living out of what I do. To say I love my job would be the understatement of the year. Regardless if I was able to share with the world my writing, I would still be writing. I have to or I would go insane. J
My favorite book is?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Before my kindle, I would go through a copy a year. My last paperback copy is held together with a rubber-band. I can’t even count the number of times I have reread it.