Welcome Shannon Cahill to the blog. She is the Author of “Not all that Wander are Lost.” I had her answer a few questions for us!
Tell us about yourself.
I am a mother of 3 rotten kids. Currently attending school—I am in a Medical Office specialist program.
When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing since I learned how. The first actual story I remember writing was in 4th grade. We all got in trouble for being brats to a substitute teacher and had to write a 1000 word theme. I ended up writing a short story about 2 girls who magically end up in a land full of rabbits.
What genres do you write? Like to read?
I love to write romance. I also like to write humorous essays. As for reading, well, I read insatiably. Romance, horror, dystopian, paranormal, biographies, history. Short of hardcore sci fi and detective stories, which hurt my head, I’ll read just about anything.
What is the best compliment you’ve received about your writing? Worst?
I have been told that I was able to make the reader feel what the character was feeling. I thought that was great. I was also really flattered when I was told that I write very poetic prose. As far as bad things? I think the worst thing for an author is when someone misunderstands their work. For example, one of the characters is called by another name by only one character. I had a reader think that I had unintentionally mixed up the name a few times and was very annoyed by it.
What have you chosen to share with us today?
I am sharing my first full length novel. I’m so proud of it and I hope you buy it! (EVERYONE SHOULD IT IS GOOD! MY REVIEW TO COME THIS WEEKEND)
Favorite authors? Inspirations?
This is the hardest question ever! I will try to do it…really? Do I have to? There are so many talented writers out there and I have a new favorite almost every week, it seems. I have been inspired by writers like Lois Duncan and Judy Blume, thrilled by George R. R. Martin, terrified by Stephen King, enchanted by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, brought to tears by Cathy Cash Spellman, had adventures with Gerry Bartlett, and learned about naughty pirates from Valerie Sherwood.
Where do your ideas come from?
Sometimes, I just have wild thoughts that nag me forever until I write them down. The most exciting ideas, though, seem to spring from everyday things or random conversations.
Advice for your readers/aspiring writers?
Read everything! Feed your brain! And when you finally write something you like, make sure you read it as a reader. Know the rules of grammar, but don’t be afraid to break them for affect. Hint…it’s ok to start a sentence with a conjunction for emphasis, but you have to know the rules before you can break them.
Vanilla or chocolate?
Chocolate, always, unless it is cake, and then always vanilla (with chocolate frosting).
My husband makes Mushroom Risotto that, I swear, is better than sex (and yes, I’m doing it right). It is beautiful. Creamy, rich, succulent. He finishes it with parmesan and heavy cream so it will just about kill you, but it is so worth it. I’d give you the recipe, but he won’t even give it to me. It’s a good thing he’s hot, or I’d have smack him around sometimes.
I’ll try not to be too much of a nerd about this, but B7 blue or Scorch Red. B7 is the color of the deepest blue ocean or the dark blue sky right before dark. Scorch Red is the color of Crimson’s car, and it’s just super cool.
Favorite non-writing activity to do?
I’d be lying if I didn’t say reading, but occasionally, I do other things. I love to sing and listen to music, for example, and torturing my kids is something I’m not only good at, but am extremely entertained by.
Boots, sandals, shoes or bare foot?
If I have to wear shoes, and believe me, I avoid it whenever possible, in the summer it’s always sandals. My feet need their freedom. However, when it’s cold, I need something sturdy on my feet and I prefer boots to shoes. I am big fan of Doc Martins.
Snow or sun?
I hate the cold and I hate the heat. Oddly, I don’t mind rain. I’d be really happy with a climate that called for a light jacket and long sleeves, but was warm enough that I could get away with my sandals.
About the Book:
What’s the first thing you do when you are a 400 year old Elf Guardian who is being sent to protect a reckless, smart ass, smoking hot young mechanic who is destined to change the world? Visit a cobbler. Crimson knows you need a good pair of boots and a lot of self control for a job like that!
But things are not always what they seem. Everyone has secrets, everyone has an agenda. Things are spiraling out of control. Can Finn and Crimson fulfill their entwined destinies and change the world?
About the Author:
Shannon Cahill lives in Spokane, Washington with the love of her life, her 3 rotten children, and her elderly border collie. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. She is especially fond of trashy celebrity biographies and passionate love stories, but cannot pass up a good vampire or zombie story.
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