Jen: Today we are excited to welcome Shona Husk to Romancing the Book. Shona, will you share a short bio with us?
Shona: I write paranormal romance, read books and eat dark chocolate—not all at the same time 🙂 With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, I am published with Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Sourcebooks. You can find out more at www.shonahusk.com www.twitter.com/ShonaHusk
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Shona: Caspian had been in my mind for quite a while. I knew he was psychometric and dealt in antiques and I knew he had a hard time fitting in. I’d read some fairy law when I was researching goblins and I liked the idea of traditional fairies, rulers of Annwyn (the underworld), as heroes. From there the ideas just coalesced.
As the changeling son of the Crown prince of Annwyn Caspian has always been able to see fairies that no one else could and they always bring trouble. Just when he starts falling in love and his life is going good he gets caught up in a quest to find a fairy made mirror before someone can use it to over throw Annwyn. Unable to keep his secret and keep Lydia he risks telling her the truth.
Here’s the official blurb for The Outcast Prince:
Just One Taste Is All It Takes…
This is no ordinary mirror. Caspian caught a hint of color, a whirl of a waltz just past his reflection—a glimpse into the decadent Fairy Court of Annwyn. The home he could never have. It called to him, whispering temptation after temptation…if he could only reclaim his rightful heritage.
To Be Forever Lost…
Caspian has an even stronger reason to stay in the world of humans. He’s just met a woman who captivates him like no other. But loving him has proven to be dangerous. And he will do whatever it takes to protect Lydia from the vicious, seductive world of Court—even if doing so requires the ultimate sacrifice: his soul.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Shona: Sticky notes. They end up all over story outline and my whiteboard. If I have no sticky notes handy I always have a note pad in my handbag and then I pin those notes to my whiteboard, or staple then to my outline. If I’m out running I try and keep the idea in my mind and expand it, then write it down as soon as I can.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Shona: I love world building and making things up so I would probably skip contemporary. I’ve recently given sci-fi romance a go with Lunar Exposure which was a lot of fun as there were no humans, just aliens. I would like to try a time slip.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Shona: I researched psychometry, antiques, old fairy myths and law, the settings and lots of random little bits and pieces that go into making a story. Some of it I researched while I was plotting, other bits while I was editing.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?
Shona: The easiest part is probably the plotting and the hardest getting through the second quarter of the first draft, that’s my stumbling block every time. Most rewarding is getting the print ARCs and holding the book for the first time. That makes it real. For ebooks seeing the links go live has the same effect :).
Jen: If you were able to travel in time, where would you go and what 3 things would you take with you?
Shona: I would go to Roman Britain and I’d take chocolate, a large first aid kid and a lighter (because making fires from scratch would be painful).
Jen: What’s next for you?
Shona: Next year books 2 and 3 of the Annwyn series come out. And later this year I have a couple more erotic sci-fi romances with Ellora’s Cave.