Friday, March 4, 2011

My Friend Shellie - Interview & Giveaway

Today I'm happy to welcome Shellie Neumeier to my blog to chat about her debut novel, a YA book entitled Driven. I've got this book sitting on my shelf waiting to be read, and it looks great.

Shellie has been generous enough to offer a copy to one lucky reader, so please leave your comments below with an email address where you can be reached--and be sure to click "follow" if you haven't already! ;-)


About Driven

Robyn can’t help but notice the handsome new guy at her school. She ignores, however, the arrival of another being at Brookfield Central High School—a demon assigned to destroy her…

Robyn loves her friends, enjoys her youth group, and looks forward to meeting cute Caleb Montague. But when a caustic news reporter challenges her school’s prayer team, Robyn must choose: defend their right to meet on campus and pray for whomever they wish or back down at the principal’s request.
Now she must learn what God wants her to do. And she had better learn fast, because there’s a supernatural enemy in town whose sole mission is to stop her—no matter the cost.


About Shellie

Shellie Neumeier holds a degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a minor in Psychology, Sociology and Social Studies. A devoted mother of four, Shellie previously worked on staff with Northbrook Church as the King’s Kids ministry assistant (serving children in grades 2nd through 5th), developing and writing curriculum, involving families and volunteers in King’s Kids programs and encouraging the spiritual growth in school-aged children. Shellie’s YA novel, Driven, is now available in electronic form and is scheduled for print release March 1, 2011 from Risen Fiction. She is an active member of SCBWI and ACFW as well as a contributing author at various blogs including,, and


What's your latest book?

My debut novel, Driven, was released for the holidays in its kindle version and will be released everywhere else on March 1, 2011 by Risen Books.

I love the cover! But I suppose we should look beneath it. ;-) What was the hardest part to write?

The fight scene. I’ve never been in one or watched one and I rarely read about them. It took quite a bit of research, editing, and imagination to get it to work.

Where's a fight-picking friend when you need one, anyway? =) What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?

Hopefully my readers will come away with a renewed sense of power. A sense of I-can-do-that, whatever “that” may be in their lives. And of course I hope they come away having enjoyed a great ride from the story.

What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

I love writing YA because the readers are so passionate about what they consume. And they give you latitude with creative moments, but keep you accountable with unrealistic moments too. It’s a challenge, but I’ve always loved challenges.

I have a huge appreciation for the YA genre--you definitely have a challenging, but oh-so-rewarding job! What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?

I’m finishing the Hunger Games trilogy and I have Brandilyn Collins’ novel, Deceit, on my kindle just waiting to be read next.
Oo, don't forget to breathe. (Tee hee hee) Okay, let's change directions a bit. What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?

I would love one of those warehouse loft offices with super high ceilings and tons of workspace, oh and a huge wall of windows overlooking a river, but in the real world I work at the kitchen counter once my children have been sent off to school. It’s crowded and usually sticky, but it works.

LOL on the sticky. Glad I'm not the only one with a sticky table. Is there any one thing or reference you keep handy when writing? Anything you kept around for this particular book?

Google—it’s open all the time and a thesaurus/dictionary. Those pesky words slip my mind from time to time and I can’t find them without that thesaurus.

If you could take your family on a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Disney cruise. Hands down. We live in Wisconsin and its January. I think that says it all =).

You bet it does! And we are SO with you.


Thanks so much for visiting, Shellie, and giving my readers a glimpse into your fun book! Readers, be sure to check out her website at in addition to the blogs she listed in her bio. You can find Driven at Amazon.

Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Chance of winning depends on number of entries. Contest ends 3/11/11. Winner will have two weeks to claim prize.


  1. Great giveaway! This book sounds great.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  2. It is a GREAT book. Would love to win a copy for my daughter.
    angelmom1165 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  3. I'd love to read this book. Thanks!

  4. sounds like a great novel...thanks for the opportunity to read it...great interview, too :)

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  5. Please enter me! This books looks great!

    - Kait

  6. I'd love to win Shellie's book.

  7. This looks like a great book to read!! Thanks for offering it to us!

  8. Good Luck to you all and thank you for your kind words!

  9. This book sounds great! I have been adding quite a few books for young boys to my library lately and this sounds like it would be a terrific addition for the girls.

    Thanks for the opportunity ... enjoyed this interview.


  10. I would love to read this book. I enjoyed the interview as well.


  11. Whoops. I left a part off of my e-mail from the comment posted above.


  12. Shellie's book is awesome. Just sayin' :)

  13. Sounds like a great book! I would love to win it!

  14. please include me thanks

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  15. Please include me

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  16. I would love to be entered!


    Carman sent me

  17. please enter me!


  18. I'm a follower!