04 November 2011

Interview/Giveaway with Shiloh Walker





INTERVIEW WITH SHILOH WALKER
AND 
GIVEAWAY OF IF YOU HEAR HER




Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah…serious works of fiction. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, and nearly every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest.  She writes paranormal and contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense.





In your previous Inside the Author's Studio interview on my blog, you mentioned that you always wanted to write. What led you to writing romance and what was the first romance novel that you've ever read?


I'm not entirely sure...It seems like I've always written, but in high school, most of the stuff I wrote was epic fantasy.  Then one day, I had an idea for a romance.  I can't say what it inspired it. I don't even remember which idea I first messed around with, really, although the first full-length book I wrote was No Longer Mine.

The first romance I read?  Rosemary Rogers' The Wanton.


 You are a very prolific writer. How many books/novellas do you average in the year and what is a typical day in your "writing" life.

Oh, man.  I generally have 2-3 full length works contracted with my publishers, Ballantine & Berkley, in New York and I work in the shorter stuff around those, so it just depends.  Typically in the morning, I don't get as much writing done-I need to wake my brain up.  I do my errands, the post office, go to the gym, editing, whatever, and then I write from about noon to five or six.  I try to stop around then, because that's when my kids get home and unless I've got a heavy deadline crushing me, I try not to work as much when they are home.


 You write in several subgenres of romance. I know it would be hard for you to pick a favorite, but can you tell me one aspect of each genre that captures your attention and makes you love writing in that genre?


I really can't... the reason I bounce around is because I've got a short attention span and bouncing around keeps me from getting bored.  Doesn't that sound terrible?


I loved, If You Hear Her. What made you come up with that series?

Lena.  It all started with her.  Her character just sort of appeared in my head.

One of the aspects that I love about your novels is the deep respect that the hero and heroine show for each other, even when they are on opposite sides of an issue. I know this is weird thing to say but I don't always find that when reading romance novels. Since you're characters are always what draw me to your novels, I've always been curious if when you are writing, do you come up with the characters first or the plot? Or does it depend and why?

It's almost always the characters.  They are there, and they have a story to tell me.  I'm just there to get their story on paper, so to speak.

I'm kinda dying here needing to know this . . .. Can you tell us what's coming up next in this trilogy?

Hope & Remy.  That's about all I've got to say on that issue... :)

(Lynette Here: If you could see me know, I'm making evil faces at Shiloh. They look something like this . . .)


(Lynette again: Sorry for the interruption. LOL.) 

What are you writing now?

At this very moment...absolutely nothing.  I finished my current book, STOLEN, another romantic suspense, and I think I'm going to take a day to decompress and then I'll be starting on my next project, a book that will follow the world of THE MISSING and THE DEPARTED.

I saw a blog post where you mentioned that you recently got a great idea for a new series at Georgia Romance Writers? Can you give us a hint about that?

Um...no.  Sorry.  LOL, but I can't.  I'm slightly paranoid and when I talk about a story too soon, it kind of dies on me and I lose it.

And lastly because I'm looking in my kitchen as we speak and am realizing that I need to wrap this up so that I think about cleaning  up (thinking because I will probably sit and read instead of clean), if I looked in your kitchen now, would it be spotless, dirty, or disaster area?

Probably somewhere between spotless and I need to straighten it up a little. My husband is a borderline neat freak and I can't stand too much of a mess, but I'm too lazy to constantly be straightening up or cleaning.  So nothing in this place is ever spotless, but it never really gets to that dirty zone, either.



Thank you Shiloh for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak with me today. Ms. Walker has graciously agreed to send a copy of If You Hear Her (awesome, awesome book by the way) see my review HERE to one lucky person who comments to this post. You have midnight Sunday EST to comment. Good luck!


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16 people posted their 2 cents:

SJ Drum said...

Hi Shiloh! *Waves* I love your logo. Did you design it yourself or did you have someone make it? You should make it a tattoo!

Gabriella Hewitt said...

Nice interview. Thanks for sharing about your routine and writing schedule. I know how difficult it is writing around kids. Now if only I could give up the day job. ;-)

Victoria said...

Hi Shiloh - Great interview. The first I read of yours was THE MISSING. You hooked me. I love the Veil series. What's up next for that? Thank you so much for all the great reads :).

Have to tell you your site just crashed on me :(.

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

CrystalGB said...

Hi Shiloh. Great interview. I love your books. Thanks for the giveaway. I have heard good buzz about If You Hear Her.

Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

Chelsea B. said...

Hi, Shiloh! I absolutely love your books-- you're one of my very favorite authors! Great interview!

justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

mrswisbech said...

Thanks for the interesting interview. I was recently introduced to Shiloh's books and seriously inhaled the Rafferty brothers. I heart me some Quinn! I have vowed to find more books and inhale them!!

Connie Northrop said...

Great interview! I love your work. :0)

elektrarawks at gmail dot com

JenM said...

I enjoyed the interview. I know the heroine is blind and I'm looking forward to reading it to see how that plays out in the story. Best wishes on the book.

VanillaOrchids said...

What a fun interview. I've only recently become familiar with Shiloh's books and I can't wait to read any of them that I can get my hands on. :)


Pam
vanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Great love Shiloh books, great blog title
Thanks for the giveaways whoo
Have great weekend all
Kimh

Unknown said...

Thank you for the insight on your writing. A huge thanks to your awesome imagination. The Hunter series is my favorite, but I like all your books. Great writing! Thank you!

DebbieB said...

Great interview. I haven't read any of your books, But I have read some really good reviews on them and they're Def on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.

@okmom43
Okmom43@yahoo.com

Na said...

Shiloh Walker is a new author to me and this looks like a great new series. I really enjoy romantic suspense and look forward to this one. Thank you for the giveaway.

Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

Patricia said...

I've been reading Shiloh's books for a couple of years now. I enjoy her Grimm and Veil series. I am looking forward to reading her RS trilogy. I like the concept of the blind heroine and the same bad guy through all 3 books. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.

Robin said...

Great interview, and Shiloh's books look really good!

Robin D
robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

Kathryn Merkel said...

Congrats on finishing Stolen, Shiloh. I'm a huge fan of The Hunters & Grimm series. Your other stuff is pretty awesome too. Make Me Believe/Hearts & Wishes were so good, I've read them both 3 or 4 times. Are there any other elves that have been pestering you to tell their stories?

drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

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