Make yourself at home, Shannan :-)
Thanks so much for having me here today Doris, it still amazes me how supportive our writing community is. One of the many reasons why I love being an author is connecting to wonderful people like you.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Growing up I was called the dreamer of the family, something not always thought of as a positive thing. As a child, I would draw and build stories around my pictures, so writing was a natural extension for me. Recently a family member told me that from now on she would encourage those dreamers she knew. Stating “with hard work and focus dreams can come true. Shannan Albright is proof that dreaming can be a positive thing.”
When not writing I spend my time between oil painting and reading. I love writing paranormal, urban fantasy, historical and fantasy romances because of the world building and rich characters I feel a connection to. I’m drawn to dark, edgy heroes and heroines overcoming impossible odds internal and external.
I’m a "hopeful" Romantic who believes a healthy relationship built on respect and a strong partnership is the key to a happy ever after.
What made you write ‘this’ story?
It started out as a small 500 word story for a magazine. A small day in the life sort of thing. After finishing it the story kept nipping at me wanting to be added to. So I expanded the story into a novella about Mari the owner of The Asp. This is where the Enforcers hang out, but in Passion’s Flight her bar played a pivotal part in the story arc. Things in Zeke’s book – up next – really start to pick up, a new arc will be introduced and the stories will become darker, more desperate for the Enforcers. Dark Hunter is the bridge between the series arcs and also gives you a small teaser to the mate of an important character in my book.
Tell us about your cover.
OMG! What can I say? This is exactly what I’ve been looking for in a cover. Evernight Publishing went beyond my wildest expectations with this one.
So, you like it then! *winks* Evernight does have some amazing covers.
Describe a typical day’s writing for us
Monday through Friday I have a day job so when I get home around 5 I do about an hour of promo work then write. If I don’t have to cook I can concentrate on just writing until around 9:30 -10 then I get ready for work then next day. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday I write all day, sometimes until three in the morning. When I write I have at least three WIP’s up on my laptop so when I get stuck on one I can go to the next one.
What inspires you?
Art. If you go to my website you can see some of the paintings I did when working on a book. Painting releases my muse to think about something else for a while so I can look at the story I’m writing with fresh eyes and a new perspective.
If you weren’t a writer what would you be?
I’ve been a dancer, choreographer, illustration artist for children’s books, painter. I really can’t think of anything more I would rather do than write.
Do your characters ever surprise you?
Tegan in Passion’s Flight was a source of constant surprise. Never write about a cat unless you are ready for attitude. There were days on end when he refused to talk to me. Gah, I hated him and loved him just as deeply. The stupid, contrary cat.
What could not do without when you’re writing?
My Chorkie, Kamie behind my back in my chair as I write and something to drink. Coffee, tea, water it just has to be wet and cold…except the coffee, can’t stand cold coffee J
What words of wisdom do you have for the aspiring authors out there?
Keep writing don’t stop. Develop a thick skin since not everyone will love your work. Be prepared to work hard and long hours. Learn marketing and the publishing business. Take workshops to hone your skills and for goodness sake write up a five year business plan. It will help you focus on what you need to do.
Where do you see yourself in ten year’s time?
New York Times bestselling author sounds great to me. Seriously, my main goal is to be able to write full time and make a living at it. This is what all my energy is going to.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Lol! Oh yeah, I see a light at the end of the tunnel and it isn’t a train.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
Not since I work out my blocks, plots, etc with oil painting and working on more than one WIP at a time.
What other books can your readers look forward to?
Dark Desire, Book 4 in Dark Breed Enforcer series, Soul Fire, a paranormal historical and I have an anthology coming this Christmas I’m self publishing with three other authors called A Howling Yuletide. This is just for 2013.
And finally can you share an excerpt with us?
“I will do everything in my power to protect her, even lay down my life if it comes to that.” Navar’s words rang in the still air, spoken as an oath.
“Marcus will be relieved to find out Mari is well protected. I know after the incident with the Preservation Society, he has been concerned for her safety. Someday you must tell me how you secured your release.”
Mari blinked at the two men, feeling left out of the loop in the XY-chromosome chat. Males. Can’t live without them and can’t kill them. Irritation spiked into the red zone, her patience threadbare for the bullshit. Placing her diminutive self between the two towering males, she gave them both a fearless glare and fisted her hands on her hips.
All conversation stopped as they stared down at her with surprise. Good, now she had their attention. “I’ve been alive since the time of Cleopatra. I didn’t survive all those centuries by being a fucking weak female. I can fight, strategize, and I damn well have enough intellect in this ‘girly’ brain to figure out what I need to do to save my own hide, thank you very much. Now, if you don’t mind talking to me, not about me, it would be appreciated and might save your ball sacs from relocating somewhere north on your body. Are we clear, boys?”
Adrian threw his head back and roared a large rolling laugh that reverberated throughout the room. She blinked in surprise. She’d never once seen any enforcer laugh. Sure, they smiled, chuckled, and even smirked, but never laughed. She found it…disconcerting.
“Point taken. You will have your hands full with this little hellion, hunter. I don’t envy you.”
“Little hellion indeed. Yet well worth the extra trouble,” Navar agreed, his pale eyes darkening with hunger.
This sounds fabulous. Share the blurb with us too, please.
Vampire Mari Ankamunan struggles to pick up the pieces of her life after her bar The Asp becomes a war zone between the Enforcers and members of the Preservation Society, who want all dark breeds wiped out. The sudden appearance of the only man she ever loved brings her world to a crashing halt, for she witnessed his brutal murder two thousand years ago.
Navar’s spoken oaths to his Sire cost him Mari. Torn from her side by the sidhe queen, he is her Hunter, delivering justice for crimes against the breeds. Now freed he returns to his lovers side only to be caught in a dark plot where Mari is targeted for death.
The stakes are high, can they uncover a deadly plot against the Enforcers or will Navar lose Mari, forever by an assassin’s hand?
Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/dark-hunter-by-shannan-albright/
All Romance Books: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-darkhunter-1244081-168.html
Book Strand : http://www.bookstrand.com/dark-hunter-mf
Thanks for having me here today Doris it was so much fun!
Come back soon, Shannan!
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