Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?
I think my twitter bio sums me up nicely: I write paranormal romance, read books and eat chocolate—not all at the same time. Goblins, fairies, aliens...just another day at the office.
I grew up reading fantasy novels but always hated the way the relationships suffered. Paranormal romance blends that world building and sense of adventure but with a happily ever after. The hero and heroine have to work together to save the day (and each other).
What is it about the paranormal, in particular vampires, that fascinates you so much?
I love that paranormal adds an extra layer to the ordinary world. I like that there is a touch of something else and that maybe if we look closer our world isn’t as ordinary as it first seems. Some of the first stories I wrote featured rock star vampires (Sex with Strings series, Ellora’s Cave). Vampires are the bad boys of paranormal romance, some are misunderstood, others need to be tamed. However there is always that element of danger with them as they are predators.
Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?
Names can be tricky. I usually know what I want the name to start with or if it’s short or long, but other than that I just start flicking through my baby name book :) Sometimes I’m after a name from a particular culture but rarely do I go by meaning (sometimes though the perfect name comes along). If a book isn’t working I do change a character’s name as it seems to tweak their personality just a little.
Do you have a formula for developing characters? Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write?
A little of both. I have an idea about what they look like, their job and social status. And I also like to know what they want and fear and why before I start, but after that they develop on the page and I like watching them grow as little tidbits of their lives suddenly form in my mind.
What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?
I like the moment that Gage decided to break his bottle. He’s been thinking about it for a while and he knows it’s risky and yet he decides to do it anyway because he can’t keep living as a genie.
Gage raised the hand holding his bottle, the green glass almost black in the night. It had been his home for centuries. “Forgive me.”
Before he could examine his doubts, he threw the bottle up into the air. It arced and spun, sparkling in the streetlights. Inanna’s rage at being defied burned in his blood. He fisted his hand to prevent himself from reaching out for the fragile glass as it fell toward the road. His breath caught as glass hit the asphalt and shattered into a million pieces of stardust.
Light burst around him in a flash of burning white. Knives scored his skin. Pain ripped up his back and lodged in his skull like an axe. So, this was what it felt like to die. He couldn’t force a smile to celebrate his freedom.
With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones?
These books can be read as stand alones. While they are set in the same world there are no interlinking plots. It is each genie’s path to freedom :)
Do you write in different genres?
I write paranormal romance predominantly, however I have written a few fantasy romances (including two weird west stories with magic and guns, Dark Vow and Dark Secrets) and last year I started writing sci-fi romance.
Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?
I really enjoy the change of pace and writing in different genres (as well as different lengths) allows me to play with lots of different ideas.
When did you consider yourself a writer?
Probably when my first print book came out. It felt like such an achievement to get to that point. I’m really happy to able to say I’m now a full time author, which only a few years ago seemed like an impossible dream.
What are your guilty pleasures in life?
I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. Life is for enjoying. If you enjoy it (and it’s not hurting anyone) why feel guilt about it?
What was the last amazing book you read?
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan was wonderful (but not a romance!). After finishing it I immediately went and pre-ordered book 2 in the series:)
Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot?
I’ll read anywhere! I always have a book with and some note paper just in case an idea hits. When I’m at home I like to lie down on the 2.5 seater sofa and have a cup of hot chocolate so I can relax for half an hour after dinner. It’s turned out to be a great strategy as the kids see me reading and sit down and join me.
What can readers expect next from you?
I have two more sci-fi romances coming out this year (one in just a few days!). Lunar Reunion and Lunar Dancer are books 2 and 3 in the Decadent Moon series, which is set on an alien pleasure resort (there are no humans in these sci-fis). Later this year I have two more paranormal romances in the Annwyn series (set in and around the fairy Court of Annwyn)…after that, well let’s say there’s some very exciting news on the way ;)
Where can readers find you on the web?
I’m also putting together a street team so reader can email me to be added to the group firstname.lastname@example.org
Temptation in a Bottle
In a Bottle
Genre: paranormal romance
Word Count: 22000
Cover Artist: Helen Katsinis
His only wish is to be free…
For centuries Gage has existed only to fulfill the most intimate desires of the woman who holds his bottle. Now Gage has a wish of his own—to be a real man and a have a real life even though he knows it’s an impossible dream. This time he plans to take his bottle and break it just to see what will happen.
Paramedic Sasha Watts has seen the damage falling in love does to people and she has no intention of being another of Cupid’s victims. She accidentally frees Gage without knowing what he is. After one kiss he walks away and she never expects to see him again, but the goddess Inanna has other ideas.
As punishment for breaking his bottle she erases Gage’s memory of everything but Sasha. Only Sasha can give him the life he longs for and only Gage can be the man she’s always dreamed of, but first she’ll have to open her heart and he’ll have to finish the job Inanna gave him. If he fails, he’ll cease to exist.
About the Author:
Three time ARRA finalist Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally.
With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Sourcebooks.
You can find out more at www.shonahusk.com
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