Interview & Contest: Shannan Albright

Jen: Please help me welcome Shannan Albright to Romancing the Book. Shannan, will you please share a short bio with us?

Shannan: I live in Las Vegas, NV with my husband, two dogs and two cats. When not writing I spend my time between oil painting and reading. I love writing paranormal romances because of the world building and rich characters I find. I gravitate to dark, edgy heroes and heroines overcoming impossible odds internal and external. I am a “hopeful” Romantic and believe healthy relationships and strong partnerships are key to a happy ever after.

Jen: Tell us about Dark Passion Rising: A Dark Breed Novel and where is can be purchased.

Shannan: Tambra Ellis has just had her world turned upside down! Surviving a bite from a Lycan, attracted to one hot vampire guy and now she has to look forward to turning into something from some bad werewolf movie.

Marcus Valerian has enough on his plate without the added complication of Tambra Ellis. Fiery and independent? Sure. Beautiful with a body made for sin? Oh Yeh. And a human cop. Tambra is everything he needs to stay away from.

As leader of the Tribunal’s enforcers it’s up to him to find out why the Dark Breeds are going feral and killing humans in ever increasing numbers. Tambra’s life is in the balance as the secrets of her past place her in the middle of old deceits and a betrayal that will change the world forever.

Will Marcus and Tambra’s love survive or will it be too late.

This is available through www.evernightpublishing.com

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Shannan: I started writing around the age of eleven when I read Gone with the Wind. I was so moved by the story and characters I knew I wanted to create the same impact on readers. I had several wonderful teachers who encouraged my writing through my school years and kept the fire in me burning. Even so it took a lot of years before I got published. I actually gave up on it for a number of years concentrating on dancing and illustration work. I went back to writing seriously again in 2008. My first acceptance came in November 2010 and it took me several minutes to realize this was not another rejection letter. It was completely surreal for me to realize that finally someone thought enough of my work to publish it.

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?

Shannan: Lol! I know this sounds strange but I can’t focus if it’s quiet. I usually have the TV or radio going. I also have to have ice tea readily available and my dog Kamie on my lap.

Jen: What are your biggest motivations to write? What keeps you going?

Shannan: For as long as I can remember all I wanted to do is write and create stories that would pull in the reader. Being an avid reader myself I live for those moments when you are so in tuned with what you are creating you forget where you are. I live for those Zen moments. My biggest motivation that keeps me going is the hope that someday I will get a reader who tells me my work really pulled them in and kept with them long after they finished my book.

Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?

Shannan: I am a hopeful romantic at heart. I love the struggle of the characters internal and external that they experience as they grow, the building of a partnership strengthened by adversity and eventually trust.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Shannan: I would love to write a Historical set in Elizabethan times. Having spent years as an improv actor for many Renaissance Fairs and tons of research on that time and place in history really appeals to me. As for a genre that I would stay away from would have to be mysteries though not because I don’t enjoy them, but because I personally am not inspired to write them.

Jen: How much influence does the editor have over the story or characters?

Shannan: If the editor really clicks with me and my writing then the impact is huge since we can work together fine tuning both story and characters.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?

Shannan: So far it would have to be Tegan Murin from my second book of the Dark Breed series. He is the Medic for the team of Enforcers and a were-panther with a short fuse that prefers his own company. Behind his prickly exterior is a loyal, caring man whose sensitivity is the driving force behind all of his actions.

Jen: What five authors or people, past or present, have been important to your writing? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?

Shannan: The first one would have to be William Shakespeare and I would love to know who influenced him.

The second would be F. Scott Fitzgerald and I would love to know who he modeled The Great Gatsby after.

The third is Sherrilyn Kenyon my question would be what keeps her motivated.

Fourth is J. R. Ward and my only comment is Black Dagger Brotherhood Wow!

And the fifth is Mary Shelly, the question is how she came up with her idea of Frankenstein. I would have loved to see her outline for the story.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?

Shannan: I have very little free time these days with a full time job and writing a full time also, but I do love to have lunch with my girlfriends, spend time with my husband and oil paint.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Shannan: Hopefully I will have three to four books out by the end of 2011 all of them are in a series. The second book in the Dark Breed series Passions Flight. Beloved Wizard is nearing completion and is about King Arthur’s return with all of his knights and Merlin back as well. The Summoning, which deals with Angels, demons and the thin veil that separates’ our world from the others.

I also have two continuing serials one through Everything Erotic called Confessions of a Las Vegas Domme and the other is through Digital Digest a Steampunk romance called Midnight Steam.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Shannan: You can find me at www.shannanalbright.weebly.com and at my blog at www.shannanalbright.blogspot.com

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Shannan: Thank you for your love of the printed word. If not for you, I wouldn’t have this wonderful opportunity to have my stories out there to share.

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