Good morning Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are VERY happy to welcome Shannon K Butcher to our sites today!For those of you who might not know, Shannon’s husband is Jim Butcher, fantasy and sci-fi author extraordinaire. Shannon learned to write in an effort to help him improve his own work, and as soon as she discovered that writing was more a learned skill than a natural talent, she knew she had to give it a try. The challenge of taking bits and pieces of a story and putting it together was more than she could resist. It was actually exactly the kind of puzzle that make her want to become an engineer. So, she thought she’d try her hand at what her husband did, and after picking up her first romance in 1998, she was hooked, and decided to write romance herself.
Shannon comes from an entire family of what she calls ‘geeks’. Shannon and Jim live in Missouri with their teenage son and a dog who is only one four-foot stick away from being a dust mop.
Shannon is the esteemed creator of the EDGE, DELTA FORCE and SENTINAL WARS series. Her latest release, “Blood Hunt”, Book #5 of the SENTINAL WARS was just released on 8/2/11. She also had a recent Romantic Suspense release, “Living on the Edge”, Book #1 of the EDGE series, which came out on 3/1/11 (Book #2, “Razor’s Edge” is due out November 1st).
For those of you that are new to Shannon and her work, we’ll give you the 2 books’ synopses and peak your interests a bit.
“Blood Hunt” Synopsis:
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We like to start out by getting to know our guest author a bit more, and then we’ll dig into the books.
Q4): What is the one thing that you absolutely cannot go your day without?
Q5): What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
Shannon: I’m a bead whore. Any bead, anywhere, any time. I also play with fabric and do glasswork in my kiln. I often give away my version of crooked macaroni art in my monthly website contest.
Q7): If you could have 1 superpower, what would you want it to be and why?
Shannon: I’d have a perfect memory, because that would come in really handy with the whole book thing. Pesky characters and their color-changing eyes.
Q14): With Fantasy and Suspense being such popular genres these days, what do you find most fascinating about it, and did you always know what direction you would go in with your romance?
Shannon: I like that you can do anything. As long as you stick to whatever rules you set up, there are no boundaries. That’s really freeing, speaking as someone who also writes stories set in the real world. By the time I’m done with one of the suspenses, I’m ready to get away from the real world and sling around a bit of magic. Then after I finish one of the Sentinels books, I’m ready to get back to the real world where there’s much less weird, complicated stuff to going on.
I actually started out writing paranormals when I was slogging through my many crappy practice books. It was pure coincidence that the first publishable book I wrote was a suspense instead.
Q15): We know that there’s a 6th book in the SENTINAL WARS series, “Dying Wish”, slated for February of 2012. Can you tell us a little about it? Is that the last book or do you have others planned?
Shannon: It’s actually coming out in March now, and is Iain and Jackie’s story. They get to deal with the consequences of actions taken by characters in previous books, which is always fun. *insert evil giggle here* It’s definitely not the last book in the series unless I die in the next few months. I’ve contracted for nine so far, and I have stories in mind for more. My goal was always to write 12-15 in the series. Any more than that and they’re all going to start sounding the same, which would be boring both to write and to read.
Q16): How many books are planned for the EDGE series? Can you tell us a little bit about where this series might take us in the future?
Shannon: I’m actually planning book three of that series now, and I’m really excited to get started. There’s tons of intrigue, and I get to take some interesting twists that I’ve been planning for a while. You can expect a lot of action—both in and out of bed.
I’ve planned two alternate endings, depending on how many books I get to write, but don’t expect that series will be more than six books. I could be proved wrong. It happens all the time.
Q17): Do you plan to write any more DELTA FORCE installments?
Shannon: No, I feel like that series is done. I did allow for room to do more, but I currently have my hands full with the two series I have going, as well as occasional side projects.
Q18): What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked, and how would you answer that question?
Shannon: The question is, “Have you lost weight?” I’d like the answer to be “yes” without being a big ol’ fat liar.
Q19): What’s up next for Shannon K Butcher? What can we look forward to from that amazing imagination vault of yours?
Shannon: I have an amazing imagination vault? Really? Do you have the key? J
Next year there will be a Sentinels novel coming out in March, and an Edge novel coming out late in the year. I also have another shorter project coming out early in the year. Details will be coming soon on that super sekrit story, as soon as I’m allowed to spill the beans. In addition to that, I’m planning out the next series I want to tackle, which is going to be big buckets of fun. Mwoohaha!
Q20): Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
Shannon: I love you. Thanks for giving me the best job on the planet!
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Thank youso much Shannon! It’s been amazing having you with us today, and we are incredibly excited for the chat later this afternoon! We’re sincerely hoping that we’ve tuned some new readers into your amazing work, and we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next. We would love to have you back for the release of “Dying Wish”, in February to help you celebrate that and ”Razor’s Edge” if you’d be interested!! J
Shannon: Sounds great! I look forward to it. Thanks for coming out to play with me! The bright, searing yellow ball in the sky is scary if I’m out all alone.
If you would like to find out more about Shannon and her books, please visit her at the following websites:
Shannon's Website: http://www.shannonkbutcher.com/
For 2 lucky Book Monsters, Shannon has sent a signed copy of “Living on the Edge” with a handmade, Shannon Butcher blow glass bookmark, and a signed copy of “Love You to Death”. So our winner of “Love You to Death” doesn’t feel left out and doesn’t lose their spot, Chelle of LITERAL ADDICTION and Chelly Belle Designs has made a one-of-a-kind matching bookthong inspired by “Love You to Death” (a picture to be posted on FB soon).
To Enter: Make sure you are a follower of the BMR Blog and then post a comment on the interview and make sure you leave a valid email address. Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing. You must also be a follower of the BMR blog. GOOD LUCK!!!!
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!Shannon is graciously offering up a signed copy of “Blood Hunt” with a handmade, Shannon Butcher blown glass bookmark and a signed copy of “Burning Alive” with a handmade, Shannon Butcher blown glass bookmark to 2 lucky winners from LITERAL ADDICTION.