Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Interview with author Shona Husk


Today we have with us multi-published Paranormal author Shona Husk.

Welcome to RomFan Reviews Shona it is a great pleasure to have you with us today.

Tell us a little about your new book in your Shadowland Series Kiss of the Goblin Prince.

SH: This book picks up where The Goblin King ended, except this is Dai and Amanda’s story. Dai is Roan’s bookish brother who is very well versed in all kinds of magical lore, but he carries a lot of scars both physically and mentally from his time as a Roman slave and then a goblin. Amanda knows what love is, but had her heart broken by the death of her husband. Together they heal and find the happiness they deserve.

Book three, For the Love of the Goblin Warrior is due to be released next year. Can you give us a little teaser of what we can expect?  

SH: A heroine with a family secret she doesn’t like to talk about and a hero who is trying to rebuild his life after living as a goblin for nearly two thousand years. So more goblins, nightmares and romance
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Will there be more books in the Shadowland Series?

SH: For the Love of the Goblin Warrior will be the last in the Shadowlands series.  While I love writing a series I also like it to have a definite end. The good news is I will have a new series starting next year with new heroes and a new world.

I know it seems these two questions are always asked but readers and future writers like to know.  What do you like most about writing?  What do you dislike about it?

SH: Making things up! It’s the best job in the world. I don’t know if there’s a part I dislike, I find copy edits stressful as that is the last chance to get it right. And while I love to get the cover art emails, providing the information for the cover artist I find really difficult (I blogged about it here: http://casablancaauthors.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/im-thankful-for-cover-artists.html).  

You also have a day job; how do you juggle both?

SH: With increasing difficulty. Generally I just write in the evening after the kids are in bed, but if I’m on a deadline I’ll get up extra early too. It’s a delicate balance which I would like to change but I’m not ready to make the jump to full time writer—well the household budget isn’t.

The best thing I did was work out where I wasted time, TV, internet etc. and then just cut them off. I don’t watch much TV, maybe 1 or 2 shows a week, and I have adapted to write anywhere. I even use my lunch breaks to do blog posts or plotting the next few scenes so when I get home all I have to do is get them on the screen. My laptop isn’t connected to the internet; I have to turn on another computer in a different room to go on line.

The other thing I have learned is that no matter how pressed for time I am, I can’t neglect myself. I need a 30 min. walk every day, and I need to sit down and read something for pleasure too, again if only for 30 mins. Sometimes I can combine this with a trip to the park for the kids for a couple of hours and then everyone is happy.

When you get some down time, what do you like to do?

SH: Relax! I catch up on movies or TV shows (I record to watch when I’m ready). Or I devour a book in a day (usually my turning in revisions treat, I do nothing but read for a day or two and its great). I also like to cook, I’m not afraid to modify things or switch ingredients it’s all fun and I’ve only had a couple of disasters.

Who are some fellow authors you enjoy reading?

SH: There are lots. I love Jim Butcher’s the Dresden Files. I met Susanna Kearsley at RT in Chicago, and just loved her book Mariana, I can’t wait to read more from her. I’ve also been enjoying Kate Pearce’s Tudor vampires.

Any advice you would like to give to future authors?

SH: Read widely, write what you want to read, and don’t give up!

How can readers learn more about you and your books?

SH: I’m on twitter, @ShonaHusk, facebook www.facebook.com/shonahusk and I blog at www.winkgirls.blogspot.com. I also have a website which I update regularly and I’m on GoodReads where, unsurprisingly, I talk about books.

KISS OF THE GOBLIN PRINCE BY SHONA HUSK – IN STORES MAY 2012

The Man of Her Dreams…
He is like a prince in a fairy tale: tall, outrageously handsome, and way too dark for her own good. Amanda has been hurt before, though. And with her daughter's illness, the last thing she needs right now is a man. But the power of Dai King is hard to resist. And when he threads his hands through her hair and pulls her in for a kiss, there is no denying it feels achingly right.

In a Land of Nightmares…
After being trapped in the Shadowlands for centuries with the goblin horde a constant threat, Dai revels in his newfound freedom back in the human realm. But even with the centuries of magic he's accumulated, he still doesn't know how to heal Amanda's daughter—and it breaks his heart. Yet for the woman he loves, he'd risk anything...including a return to the Shadowlands.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A civil designer by day and an author by night, Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Drawing on history, myth and imagination, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally. You can find out more information about Shona and her edgy romances at http://www.shonahusk.com/ or follow her on Twitter, @ShonaHusk

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2 comments:

  1. I have The Goblin King patiently waiting on my TBR shelf and I believe I need to get it read so I can be ready to read Kiss of the Goblin Prince. These books sound awesome and I'm looking forward to reading them.

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  2. I enjoyed the interview. The series sounds good.

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