Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Story Time with Shannon Vannatter - Interview & Giveaway
Shannon has graciously offered a copy to one lucky reader, so as usual leave your comments below with a way for me to reach you. And be sure to click the "Follow" button if you haven't already!
About White Doves
Romance wasn’t what Laken had in mind.
Laken Kroft left home eight years ago and never looked back. Who knew when she applied for the promotion to postmaster that she'd end up in Romance, Arkansas, and much too close to her parents, the town drunk and the local gossip maven?
Hayden Winters has his hands full raising his paraplegic nephew, Brady, and wrestling his guilt over having caused the child's injury. When the boy's father, Laken's brother, turns up and starts talking custody, Laken's influence is Hayden's only hope. But whose side is she really on?
Central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife/writer. White Roses her debut novel is available through heartsongpresents.com and hits store shelves in November. Two more books in the series will follow: White Doves releases to the book club in October and stores in April and White Pearls releases to the book club in January and stores in July. Her blog, The Inkslinger, is a celebration of romance and marriage with true love stories, inspirational author’s real-life romances, insight into the love lives of their fictional characters, book excerpts, romantic destinations, and weekly romance novel giveaways.
What's your latest book?
White Doves releases to the Heartsong Present’s book club in October and in stores in April.
What's your favorite part of the story?
The opening. The heroine is openly checking out the hero. I love that concept for a change. Several years back, there was a Coke commercial with a woman in her office checking out the cute construction guy down on the street. I loved that commercial, except that it played a tacky song. The opening of White Doves is my take on that commercial, only cleaner.
Oh, that sounds like fun! I do like a new twist on something like that. =) What's your favorite genre to write? To read?
Romance on both counts. My first several books were romantic suspense. Back when I started, late 1999, there really wasn’t a market for it yet. And I soon realized I wasn’t really that good at it. I don’t like writing physical fight scenes or researching forensics. I finally attended a conference and heard a speaker say writers should pay attention to what they read the most and that’s very probably the genre they should write. I had a “Duh” moment and switched genres.
Sounds like something I've done, LOL. What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?
I’m reading Making Waves, my critique partner, Lorna Seilstad’s debut novel. Even though I read the book before Lorna’s editor did, it’s fun to hold the finished product in my hands in book form.
Oh, I got one in the mail a while back--and promptly sent it out to another reviewer, I believe. It looked so great! What lessons have you learned through the publication process that you wouldn't have guessed as a pre-published writer?
Publication is when the real work starts. I didn’t know it would be a full time job and I thought once I finally sold a book, I wouldn’t get rejections anymore.
Ha! If only, right? Any funny family stories about living with a writer?
One wintery day, my son and I were playing an African Safari game on his Playstation.
Our church treasurer called, “Did I catch you at a good time?”
I said, “I’m just hunting cape buffalo.”
She paused a minute. “Is this a book?”
LOL. Never can tell with us, can you? What are you writing right now?
I recently finished the first book in a potential Rodeo series and sent it to my editor. While I wait for a decision, I’m working on a full length romance featuring an estranged married couple, who’ve both become Christians since their estrangement.
Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?
The final book in the Romance, AR series is White Pearls. It releases to the book club in January and stores in July.
Thanks for visiting again, Shannon! Readers, be sure to check out the wonderful romance blog she hosts at http://shannonvannatter.com. You can purchase it from the publisher.
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