Hi Shannyn - It's nice to meet a fellow E-Kensington author! I am looking forward to learning more about you and your work. Wishing you all the best with your ongoing tour :)
When and why did you decide you wanted to be a published author?
About 5 ½ years ago, I had an idea for a book, but I’d never written one. I sat down and started to write, thinking maybe I’d write a few pages or a short story. Much to my surprise, it was a whole novel. After I finished writing it, I began studying everything about the publishing industry and decided to try to get it published. Until I wrote that book, I never seriously considered being an author.
What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?
The best thing I’ve learned from my agent is to trust my gut. Sometimes people will ask you to do things that don’t feel right and you do it out of desperation. My agent has always been in my corner and she stands by my decisions for my career.
I don’t know that I’ve ever gotten bad advice from an editor or agent. Although there were times when they were discouraging. When I first wrote MORE THAN THIS, all I kept hearing was how bad the market for contemporary romance was.
I have so many favorites – Jennifer Crusie, Jill Shalvis, Shannon Stacey, Victoria Dahl, and Ruthie Knox. (please don’t make me pick just one)
What is your typical day?
I don’t have a typical day. I get the kids all off to school by 9 am and that’s as far as my routine goes. If I have errands to run, like grocery shopping, I do that as soon as I dump the kids off. Otherwise, I head back home. I check email and then I either get started on my day job, where I work as an editor for an education company, or I write.
What dictates the direction of my day is whether I know what needs to be written next. If I’m sure what the next scene in my book needs to be, I’ll sit down and write for an hour. If I’m not sure, I do the day job. After lunch, I usually spend a little time on Twitter and email and promo stuff. Then if my day job is done, I try to get some more writing in before I pick up the kids.
Then there’s homework, dinner, activities, getting kids in bed. At that point, if I’m really motivated, I might do some more writing, but more often than not, I sit down to watch lots of TV. Finally I get some pleasure reading in before bed.
Ryan (hero) – Jason O’Mara
Quinn (heroine) – Katie Holmes
Did you plan this book? Or write it as it came?
When I started writing MORE THAN THIS, the only thing I knew was that Quinn wanted to get pregnant, even if she didn’t have a man in her life and that her sister was going to convince her to step out of her comfort zone for the summer with a list of adventures. I had the list before I started. Everything else just happened as I wrote (and rewrote, and revised…)
What surprised you the most when you became a published?
I knew being published was going to be hard, especially promotion, but I didn’t realize just how hard getting people to discover my book would be. There are so many books published each week that I don’t know how to make people choose mine. It’s something that I hadn’t given much thought to before I published.
Do you have a dedicated writing space? What does it look like?
For a long time, I didn’t have a space. I wrote on the go whenever my kids were in extracurricular activities. While I still do that once or twice a week, I now have dedicated space because I have to spend more time writing since I have deadlines.
Here’s a post I did about my writing space:
What’s next for you?
A GOOD TIME, book 2 in the O’Leary series will release on July 4, 2013. Books 3 & 4 will release next year. In the meantime, I’m working on some other books that are not part of the series.
More Than This
by Shannyn Schroeder
When a lonely teacher teams up with a handsome bartender for some outrageous acts, they both get more than they bargained for…
Learning her ex-husband is going to be a father, Quinn Adams is determined to have a baby of her own—without the partnership of a man. But her sister and friends believe she needs to focus on herself first, and step out of her comfort zone by completing a list of adventures. Challenge number one is to go on five dates within two weeks. After a few disastrous attempts, Quinn’s ready to give up—until sexy bartender Ryan O’Leary offers his assistance.
Ryan has always been the dependable one in his family, often at his expense. But lately, he’s been longing for a life—and a woman—of his own. The woman he has in mind is Quinn. Though it seems all she wants is friendship, Ryan can’t ignore the explosive chemistry he feels between them. In the hopes of becoming closer, Ryan offers to help out with Quinn’s list. But when she asks him for a serious favor, he’s afraid it will jeopardize his chance to become more than friends.
Ryan stood at the opposite end of the bar from Quinn’s booth. Watching in the mirror, he saw a new side of Quinn. She was relaxed. When she’d first come into the bar with a crowd of teachers, she’d hung back from the group, ordered one drink, gulped it down, and left. It was like she had to make an appearance and she did the bare minimum. Now, she’d invited other friends here.
He couldn’t believe he’d almost been busted eavesdropping on her conversation. And, of course, it had to happen right when they got to a good part. He wanted to know if she got laid for her birthday. Judging by the way she looked when she came in, she hadn’t been given a birthday orgasm. He almost wanted to offer to change that, but knew she’d shoot him down.
A slight tap on his arm had him turning to look at his younger brother, who was supposed to be stocking alcohol.
“Who’s the gorgeous blonde?”
Michael hitched his chin up toward the mirror. “The one you’ve been staring at.”
“Oh. That’s Indy, but I was looking at her sister. Short dark hair.”
Michael looked at all three women. “She’s not your usual type.”
“I know.” The concept rubbed at him like a wool sweater.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Shannyn Schroeder is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to professional author. She came to reading romance later than many, but lives for the happy ending because real life can be depressing. She writes contemporary romance because she enjoys the adventure of new love.
In her spare time, she loves to bake cookies and watches far too much TV, especially cop shows. She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
Web site: http://www.ShannynSchroeder.com
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