Interview & Contest: Shana Galen

Shana Galen PhotoJen: Today we are welcoming back to the blog best selling author Shana Galen who is celebrating the release of True Spies. Shana, will you share a bio with us?
Shana: Shana Galen is the author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the Sons of the Revolution Trilogy, the Jewels of the Ton Series, as well as regency romance spy novels. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time, and is working on more regency romance novels! She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing?  Also, tell us your call story!
Shana: I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I have a Book About Me that I completed when I was 7, and in the back is a love story about Han Solo and Princess Leia. So I guess I was 7 when I discovered writing.

When I got The Call, I was teaching 6th grade at an inner city school. My agent called during class, and I answered my cell, even though that was setting a very bad example. But I knew negotiations were underway. How could I not answer? Anyway, he told me I’d sold two historicals and two chick lits to Avon, and I was in complete shock. I went from no books to having 4 contracted.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Shana: I watched True Lies again, which is the movie that inspired the book, and I researched town houses in London because there’s an exciting scene in a town house, and I needed to make sure I had the layout correct. I always have to look up the details of dress in the period, horses, important people and events during that time period, and details about London.

Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Shana: I have a Pinterest page where I share some of my inspiration. (http://pinterest.com/shanagalen/true-spies/). I see Kate Beckinsale as Elinor and a young Ralph Fiennes as Winn.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing?  Easiest? Most rewarding?
Shana: The most challenging of late is finding the time. My daughter demands a lot of attention, and since I just had an ebook bundle and a novella out, I’ve had to spend some time promoting those. So some days it feels like I do everything BUT write the book. The easiest is after I’ve written the first page of the day. That’s when the words start flowing. The most rewarding is writing The End, and feeling really good about what comes before.

Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Shana: Meeting readers. Most of the time I’m at my kitchen table writing away in a vacuum. I’ve got pages to write, laundry to fold, a dishwasher to empty, and a little girl who wants me to play princesses with her. It’s tough to remember that people actually read the words I write in those precious hours I spend writing. It’s like I have a completely other identity when I talk to writers, and it’s fun to play author for a while before going back to my real life.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Shana: The last book in the Jewels of the Ton series will be out in March. Lily is the heroine in SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND.

Thanks for having me!

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35 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Shana Galen

  1. Kathleen O says:

    I buy Shana’s books, I follow her on facebook and I am so thrilled that True Spy’s is out for us to read. Shana I always enjoy your books and appreciate the work you put into them for the fans of your books..
    Congrats on this new release.

  2. Diane Sallans says:

    I love ‘True Lies’ too – humor in an adventure story is the best! Looking forward to reading this one too!

  3. Molly R. Moody says:

    I just discovered Shana a few months back and have been devouring her books since then. I’m very much looking forward to reading all of her historical books. I don’t do contemporaries though. I would love to win this contest. Thanks Shana for being such a terrific writer.

  4. Sue K says:

    I follow Shana on FB and really love her adventures with Baby Galen. I can’t wait to get a copy of True Spies.

  5. Karen H in NC says:

    Enjoyed reading your post today Shana….but I want to know what you did in front of your 6th graders when you got that call! Decorum or totally insane?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    • Karen, I stepped out into the hallway and started hyperventilating. Then I calmly asked the AP’s secretary to watch the class for me because they were a very wild group. I went through the rest of the day in a daze.

  6. Jen B. says:

    I imagine writing would feel like you’re in a vacuum. It has to be an amazing feeling to find out that a story you sweated over and loved is loved by others.

    • You know, Jen, it is amazing, but I almost feel like it’s not real. Is that weird? When readers say they love my books, I don’t really process it. Deep down I think, oh, they’re just being nice. You’d think after 15 books, I wouldn’t think people were buying my books or publishing them to be nice, but the idea sticks in my head.

  7. Johnnie-Marie says:

    Here’s my question, What is your favorite thing about writing and what made you chose to become a writer?

    Thank you for the giveaway!!!

    • Johnnie-Marie, my favorite thing about writing is when I find the exact words and the scene goes better than I thought it would, and my fingers are flying and it doesn’t even feel like work. I cherish those days. I just finished a book, and the last 15 pages were like that. I started writing and just kept going until the end. Normally I write about 4 pages a day, so it’s a fabulous feeling to turn out 15 and have it be fun. Lots of days are hard, hard, hard.

    • Sorry, I forgot to answer the other part of your question. In 2000, I had read all the Julie Garwood historicals, so I sat down to write my own book. I had so much fun writing it, I kept writing them. I knew I’d found what I wanted to do.

  8. Tammy says:

    Hi Shana!
    Do you think there will be an audio version? If not, I will read it!! I love historical novels! Especially romance!!
    Have a great day!!

    • Tammy, I would love for their to be an audio version. I don’t have the audio rights, my publisher does, and I am sure they’d like to sell them. I guess we wait and see…

  9. I adore Shana Galen’s Sons of the Revolution series and this new spy series sounds just as fabulous. Thanks for an awesome interview, it’s always lovely to get to know your fav authors.

  10. JackieW says:

    When are you coming to the San Diego, CA area for a book signing? I would love to meet you. I enjoy reading your books.

  11. Kimberly says:

    Ya know I read a book by Shana Galen about 4 years ago and lordy I can’t remember which one it was (I was really sick at the time so the whole 3 weeks I was out with H1N1 is a blur) but I remember I loved it! I guess with a new release coming out that I’ve got the perfect excuse to read her back log of books.
    Thanks for the interview, and for the giveaway. I like learning about different author’s approaches to writing.

  12. Ora says:

    I’ve bought True Spies this weekend and hopefully will be able to start reading it tonight, especially since I have it down for a September book challenge so I really need to find some me time and snuggle down with a book without interruptions.

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