Featured Friday! Shannon McRoberts
Shannon McRoberts writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy books while living in the rolling hills of Kentucky. Shannon is a lover of all kinds of fantasy but enjoys watching her collection of favorite shows like Xena, Buffy, Firefly, Game of Thrones, and Farscape. When she’s not busy with taking care of her family, binge watching Netflix, or making fantasy art, she is at her computer weaving myths and magic featuring women of grit and steel.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
I enjoy the creation of the book, the world, the characters, the twists, the turns. I love coming up with new ideas for old stories.
What made you start writing?
I’ve always wrote little books since I could write. I would illustrate them and sell them to my family. But, I guess the main reason was I was out of stuff to entertain myself with so I needed to make something I would like.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
Not really. For years the only author I knew outside of academia was Anne Rice. I loved her books and I devoured them.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Don’t ever believe there isn’t room for you to grow in your craft.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I like supernatural things. Books with kick ass women. Vampires, dragons, witches, magic. My writing features all of those things and more!
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
Athine from my Daughter of Ares Chronicles
Which book do you consider a must-read?
How do you pick just a single book? Can I wuss out and say the Bible?
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
All edits are hard. I haven’t had to cut out anything I didn’t want to be there. I think that is because of how I plot.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
I want to go live in the comics with Lady Death.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
I’m not sure. Maybe more a “book on tape” narrated by Samuel L Jackson or Morgan Freeman.
We all know the phrase “the book is always better than the film.” Which film would you like to see remade as a book?
I honestly don’t know of any films I loved that haven’t already HAD a book or comic made at some point. Anymore the two mediums are so intertwined borrowing from one another.
Is there any conflict between what you want to write and what you think your readers will like?
Always. Some people call this “writing to market” or “selling out”. My entire first series is epic fantasy. I didn’t get the memo that I’m one of the few people that like reading those kinds of books. I have 4 books coming out over the next two years that are very different. They are a good mix of what readers want and what I want.
What effect can a review have on you, if you read them at all? Both the good and the bad.
They can give you the highest of highs or the lowest of lows. I try not to read them if I can help it.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
There was a girl. She was sad. But she lived.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
It’s a brand new launch for a brand new series! I’ve never worked so hard on a book before in my life. I took a year long course to learn all the aspects of publishing. Everything from writing, to cover design, to finding keywords…I’ve tried to apply it to these new releases. To Kill A Siren drops 3/15/19!
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
No clue. I’m not a quotable person!
Our thanks go out to Shannon for taking part.
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