Today we are hosting giveaway number two!
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Below we have a wonderful interview done by our lovely, Destiny with the wonderful author Shawn Kristen Maravel. And as well as the interview Shawn has kindly donated 3 ebook to giveaway. How awesome is she?
Destiny: First off, have you always wanted to be a writer or was there a particular time in your life where you were bitten by the writing bug?
Shawn: I’ve always enjoyed writing but I didn’t always want to be a writer. I’ve gone from wanting to be an architect, to an autobody technician, to a masseuse or work in marketing. I enjoy jobs that are creative and artistic in some way. Three years ago I wasn’t even a he reader but I had always liked writing stories as a kid. But when my husband—we were still dating at the time--joined the Army I read to fill in the gaps when he was gone for long amounts of time and pretty soon I was writing my own stories again.
Destiny: Is there a particular type of story you like to write?
Shawn: Love stories for sure! They don’t have to be sappy or even too involved in the mooshy aspect but I like to capture those first few moments in a romantic relationship when two people fall in love. My husband and I started dating about 8 years ago and got married 3 years ago so writing about love and romance in that beginning stage brings me back to or high school days when it was all fresh and new.
Destiny: And likewise, is there a story you'd eventually like to veer off from your "norm" and write? You know, you always hear about romance writers who want to write about crazed werewolves...that sort of thing :)
Shawn: I want to be open to writing different genres. I have a few different story ideas I could write next but I’ll never know which ones will actually make the cut until I write the last page. I have written a paranormal book series and a realistic book but I definitely don’t want to be predictable so trying new things is a definite must, sadly I can’t think of specifics yet to give as an example but I look forward to keeping my writing fresh.
Destiny: What is your typical day like as a writer? Do you have any quirks or routines you follow?
Shawn: These past few months have been hectic since we’ve been preparing to move (I’m in a hotel as we speak waiting to leave our home of 3 years in Germany to settle in Fort Drum, NY next) so it’s hard to get any serious writing done but when I do write I don’t have much of a routine. I can’t really force myself to write so when I’m on a roll then generally I just sit down be it at the table or in bed and just write. Ideas and inspiration come randomly and I try and not control it too much I just let the story guide me. If I make too much of a thing of it then I end up feeling constricted. So I try and keep a loose regiment and just do my best to avoid distraction.
Destiny: When you have downtime between writing and editing your own books, what genres of books do you most like to read?
Shawn: Since I didn’t read as a kid or really at all until recently I do intend to catch up on a few classics, I also willingly take book recommendations from friends and family but as for books I pick for myself and for enjoyment I like YA (both paranormal and realistic) as well as Literary Fiction like Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult books. I write what I enjoy reading and I read what I enjoy writing. Right now for example I’m reading Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles.
Destiny: Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself? We'd love to hear!!
Shawn: In general I don’t think I’m all too interesting but I think I have an old soul. I value my nights in and an early bedtime when I can get it. I love walks with my husband and our Rottweiler Nahla and curling up for a good movie. Books weren’t always a part of my life but without them I wouldn’t be who I am today. When my twin sister and I would go over to friends houses when we were little our favorite things to do was talk to our friend’s parents and clean our friend’s rooms. I’ve always been a bit odd in that way but I accepted and embrace my strange ways early in life and I think that I’m all the better for doing so and I hope to see more people do the same and stay true to the weird kid they were growing up.
What a fantastic interview. Thank you Destiny and Shawn.
Stay tuned this week for an awesome Guest post from Shawn about her Book Boyfriend!!
Shawn has kindly offer one reader a chance to win all 3 of her ebooks.
Volition (Volition #1)by Shawn Kirsten Maravel
Charlotte Rush would be the first to admit that her life is no rollercoaster ride. Her days are laced with ordinary and at times boring monotony. But with a heart that finds itself frequently broken she's happy to say that she's content.
When her friends convince her to spend the night out at a club to let loose and maybe even find a guy, she finally admits that her life might be missing something.
No sooner does she let go of her inhibitions does she find herself waking up in a dark hotel room in the presence of Joel, a man who carries mystery in his eyes and familiarity in his smile. Against reason Charlotte decides to trust him based solely on one thing. Somehow, she is sure that she knows him.
In a race against time to find answers and to solve the crime committed against her Charlotte finds herself falling for him. However, with nothing but mystery surrounding him she can't even be sure that he's the hero at all. While knowing all of the right things to say he still manages to tell her nothing. As a battle is waged over the innocence of her cryptic stranger, Charlotte discovers that much greater danger awaits her. And the mysteries behind who and what Joel is will lead Charlotte to discover that heaven and earth are not so far apart
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Closes 6th Dec