04 November 2011
Posted by Lynette
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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