We have some fun stuff today. First up is an interview with the Shannon K. Butcher! And then we are raffling off a copy of her 2012 release in the Sentinel Wars series Dying Wish (Sentinel Wars #6) and along with winning a copy of this book, the lucky winner will win a bracelet made by Shannon! Pictures below! So if you want to win a copy your chances are good, so scroll down and play!
Regina: You write in two unique genres: paranormal romance with a heavy fantasy/science fiction element and romantic suspense, is it hard to go back and forth between these two worlds? Or perhaps it is refreshing?
Shannon: I really like switching between series. Not only does it keep things interesting for me as a writer so I don’t get bored, I think the genres have a way of strengthening each other. Writing suspense has helped make my paranormals more action-packed, while writing the paranormals helps add a layer of creativity to the suspenses that might not have otherwise been there. They really complement each other well.
Regina: One of the things I really enjoy about the Sentinel Wars series is that while romance and a happily ever after for a specific couple is the focus of each book, the fantasy element of the world is highly developed and detailed. What are your influences for this series?
Shannon: I grew up reading fantasy and science fiction, and I’m a big ol’ tabletop gaming nerd, so those things have probably influenced my world building the most. When I started reading romances as an adult, I naturally was drawn to paranormal romances and saw the way complex and fantastic worlds led to new and exciting stories. I think it was inevitable that I would eventually end up using my nerdy powers for love stories. J
Regina: One of the interesting twists of your take on paranormal romance is that the male warrior is dying and needs to be rescued by a specific female. This is something I really enjoy. It makes Sentinel Wars stand out as unique. I guess this isn’t a question but more of a compliment.
Shannon: Thanks! I was hoping that facet of the world was something readers would enjoy. J
Regina: What projects are you currently working on?
Shannon: I’m working on book 8 of the Sentinel Wars, currently titled WILLING SACRIFICE. It’s Torr’s story and one I’ve been building up to for a long time, so it’s really fun that I’m finally able to put it on paper. I just hope it comes out as good on paper as it is in my head. That’s always the challenge.
I also just finished revisions on my contribution to the KICKING IT anthology, and am tinkering with some new paranormal worlds that are still in development. I hope to have more time to devote to them soon.
Regina: Where do you see the Sentiel Wars series going? How many more books do you anticipate writing?
Shannon: I’ve always planned for the Sentinel Wars to be between 12-15 books, with a few shorter stories mixed in here and there. I designed wiggle room in the middle to contract or expand, but the series has a definite end. Once I reach that point, I’ll have told all the stories I want to tell in that world and plan to move on to some new worlds that I’ve been developing.
Regina: I am guessing that many fans of yours many be interested in writing habits, can you give us an idea of any writing rituals and habits that you have?
Shannon: Writing is my day job, so I basically get up and start working. Coffee is definitely a necessity, but other than that, there’s not much I need to get going. I know that’s probably boring, so maybe I should work on making up some bizarre ritual involving golf balls and chicken gizzards. Food for thought…
Regina: What books do you enjoy to read?
Shannon: I tend to read what I write: paranormal romance and romantic suspense. I enjoy books with big, complex worlds and large casts of characters, as well as shorter works that just dip their toe into strange and fun settings. If it’s well-written, emotionally intense and has a happy ending, it’s my kind of story.
Regina: I know that writing is the type of career that requires a lot of time and focus but … when you have free time, what do you enjoy to do on a Friday night?
Shannon: As I said before, I’m a gamer nerd, so my friends and I usually gather around my dining table and play tabletop role-playing games, like D&D, or quirky card games, like Cards Against Humanity. Over the years we’ve found that the game is less important than the company, so we always laugh and have a great time, no matter what the game may be. And if I’m not gaming, I’m usually playing with my shiny, sparkly beads. So many beads, so little time. J
Enter the Badass Shannon K. Butcher Giveaway! We are giving away a signed copy of Dying Wish (Sentinel Wars #6) by Shannon K. Butcher and a beautiful bracelet made by Ms. Butcher herself! Pictures below. Please note, this prize will only be sent to a U.S. address.
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Series Reading Order:
1. Burning Alive
2. Finding the Lost
3. Running Scared
4. Living Nightmare
5. Blood Hunt
6. Dying Wish
7. Falling Blind — Release date April 2, 2013
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