Friday, May 14, 2010
My Friend Shannon - Interview & Giveaway
Today we're welcoming Heartsong Presents author Shannon Vannatter to chat about her romance White Roses. She's putting together a really fun new blog that will be launching the end of this month--details at the end!
As usual, leave a comment with how to reach you to be entered for a chance to win a copy of the book!
Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife/writer. When not writing, she runs circles in the care and feeding of her husband Grant, their eight-year-old son, and their church congregation. Home is a central Arkansas zoo with two charcoal gray cats, a chocolate lab, a dragonfish, and three dachshunds in weenie dog heaven. If given the chance to clean house or write, she’d rather write. Her goal is to hire Alice from the Brady Bunch.
About White Roses
Pastor Grayson Sterling loves his wife. The problem is, Sara was killed by a hit-and-run driver two years ago. Grayson knows he needs to move on, that the continuing depth of his grief is not healthy for him or his young son. Desperate, he convinces his church to hire Mark Welch as associate pastor to relieve him of some of his load. When Adrea Welch arrives at his church with her brother, Grayson cannot deny his attraction to her.
For years, florist Adrea Welch has been artfully arranging white roses for Sara Sterling. Now those flowers are carried to the cemetery by a faithful, grieving husband. How can Adrea be so attracted to a man still devoted to his dead wife? When secrets from Adrea’s past collide with their budding relationship, both she and Grayson must learn to lean on
God’s abiding wisdom.
What's your latest book?
White Roses - Heartsong Presents - May 2010
What was the hardest part to write?
The black moment. I hate being mean to my characters.
LOL--I'm with you there. Unless it's a mean character, of course. ;-) What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?
A closer walk with Jesus and I pray they’ll loan my books to friends who are non-believers.
Is there a theme to this book?
Don’t let fear of the future rule your life. Turn it over to God and live.
Ah, very important lesson. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?
Romance on both counts. I love worrying how the couple will get past the horrible things the author throws at them, but knowing everything will turn out happily-ever-after. I hate sadly-ever-afters.
I know! What's the point of escaping if you're glad to get back to reality? Happily is a must. =) What's one of the oddest or most interesting things someone has ever said about you?
A writer friend recently said that I have Southern charm. I didn’t realize that and still don’t really know what it means.
It means you're a true pleasure to be around! =) What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?
I actually have my dream office, though if it were truly a dream office, it would be neater and more organized. The walls are my favorite mauve color, it’s furnished in white whicker, with pastel seashell curtains, cushions, and wallpaper border. I have real seashells on display and a few writing awards with family pictures. My two charcoal gray cats usually sit in the window sill. The room inspires me and I do my best writing there.
Is there any one thing or reference you keep handy when writing? Anything you kept around for this particular book?
I keep old magazines and catalogs. For each book, I find a picture to represent each character. I put it all on a piece of paper and hang it on the bulletin board next to my computer.
A visual like that would be cool! Making a mental note . . . Are there any people (family, writing group, editors) who you rely on when writing?
My awesome critique group and my content editor. They help me whip things into a readable, cohesive book.
Aside from writing, what takes up most of your time?
An eight year-old, all-boy, energetic son, a pastor husband, and our church. And I’m starting a new blog. Inkslinger will launch May 31 and will share real life love stories, author interviews, and first meetings of fictional characters, all geared toward romance. It’s taking more time than I ever dreamed.
I know that is! Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?
White Doves releases in Oct 2010 and White Pearls releases in Jan 2011.
Thanks for visiting, Shannon! Readers, her new blog is going to be SO COOL--make a note to check it out. Yours truly will be a guest this summer. =)
Now, you can find Shannon online at www.shannonvannatter.com, www.inkspirationalmessages.com, and the new love story blog, www.inkslingerblog.com
White Roses is available for purchase from Heartsong Presents. It'll be available from other retailers in a few months.
Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered a confirmation of eligibility based on your local laws. Contest ends 5/20/10. Winner will have two weeks to claim the book before another is selected.