Hello everyone! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are proud to welcome new, up-and-coming author, Shea Berkley, to our sites today.
Besides writing, her many diversions include kickboxing, reading awesome books, and hanging out with her loud and rambunctious family. With five kids (all girls), her biggest job is making sure that the little darlings don’t harass the neighbors, and playing dumb when the cops come knocking on her door.
For those of you that have not heard of the KEEPERS OF LIFE series, let’s give you a little synopsis of the 1st book:
Darynda Jones, (author of First Grave on the Right) said that “Reading Shea Berkley is like watching magic unfold before your eyes. THE MARKED SON is written with such intrigue and depth, I could not get enough of this delicious tale. I’m hopelessly lost and can hardly wait to see what jewels Berkley has in store for us next.” So, if you have not read "The Marked Son", you should definitely go purchase it now.
So, now that you know more about the "The Marked Son, let's get to know more about Shea and the KEEPERS OF LIFE series shall we?
Book Monster Reviews?LITERAL ADDICTION: We like to start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author, and then we’ll dig into the book…
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the Internet?
Shea: Secret #1: I’m a wicked Jane Austen fan. Between my fallen angels and I, we have every one of her books and seen every movie about her books and some that just mention her.
Secret #2: Ever since I was a child living on Air Force bases, the sound of B52s and C-130s makes me feel safe. I love the rumble they make in my bones, and I have no problem going to sleep when they pass overhead.
Q4): What did it feel like to be holding the finished copy of your book?
Shea: The heavens opened up and a beam of light shone on my cover and angels wept. I got shivers. Seriously. Would I lie?
Q5): If you could list 3 things that never fail to make you smile, what would they be?
#1. My children just being who they are and not caring what others think of them. (honestly, I have the weirdest most beautiful kids alive)
#2. My dog and cat. They play fight and the cat wins a lot. So humiliating for my dog, but she’s a lover, not a fighter.
#3. A good, witty comeback.
Q6): First, we have to say WOW! 5 kids! Can you please tell us, what's a typical day like in the life of Shea Berkley? Where do you find the time and/or energy to write?
Shea: Quick disclaimer: all references implying my children are the spawn of Satan or have criminal intentions or are evil in any way other than that cute impish way all children act when being darn adorable are just the figment of this author’s imagination. Really. Well …
The time I write is when all my little fallen angels leave for the day.
The energy to write comes from caffeine; cola, coffee, chocolate, and lots of it. A typical day for me begins way too early and ends way too late. In between writing I try to make a dent in the mountain of laundry that never disappears, clean the messy pit that is my house, workout and a dozen other things. Apparently the little hoodlums that sprang from my loins expect me to slave for them, which I do ‘cause I’m a good mother, but I deal… just barely. (grin)
Q7): How many hours a day do you generally write?
Shea: Typically, I write about five hours a day, Monday-Friday. If something really awesome shows up, I will totally ditch writing, but since that doesn’t happen too often, I’m pretty much in front of my computer all day. I don’t work on the weekends because that’s family time for me.
Q8): What are some of your hobbies or things that you like to do when you're not writing?
Shea: I’m a kickboxer. I’ve been doing it for a little over two years now. Totally fun for me even though I can barely move afterwards. Even though I love the sport, I’ll never do it for real. Aside from causing that kid to spit blood, I’m not violent by nature, so it’s more of a workout.
When I’m free, and not hitting a 150 lb. bag or my sadistic trainers, I like to move, like hike, or play touch football. If I’m in a non-moving mood, I’ll watch movies, read, paint, sit back and talk with my family and friends. Pretty much chill. There’s nothing better that sitting around at dusk talking smack with friends.
Q9): What are you reading now? What’s next on your TBR list?
Shea: (gasp!) Shhh, I’m not supposed to be reading anything right now until I turn in my next book, so don’t tell, but I’ve been reading the sides of cereal boxes, city buses and even the adverts that come in the mail.
I have a ridiculously long TBR pile. I’ve been looking forward to reading THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER for ages.
Q10): What is one quality that you feel all heroes and heroines should have?
Shea: Interesting lives. Seriously, I have a short attention span, and I find it hard to read books were nothing happens. I don’t do normal days very well. Something abnormal better be putting a twist into the main character’s life in order for me to keep reading. That doesn’t mean paranormal, it just means something unexpected better be happening. Personal growth is a must in my opinion.
Other than that, heroes must be heroic and heroines must be active participants in the story. No wimps, please.
Q11): Can you please give us some more information about what the KEEPERS OF LIFE series entails?
Shea: The series is based on the main character, Dylan, and his journey to accept who he is. He then has to figure out whether he wants to accept the tasks others present him, or chose his own path. It’s not always easy and he makes mistakes and gets sidetracked a few times. Danger is ever present and more than one life is at stake throughout the series.
Q12): Since "The Lost Prince" and "The Bastard King" release dates are quite some time off, can you give us a brief synopsis of each book?
Shea: Ooo, I don’t like talking about the books I’m writing. I can say this, The Lost Prince is about Dylan and his fight to free Teag from those who are trying to take control after Navar’s death. The Bastard King is about Dylan trying to save those who he least cares about, and fighting against those he thought he could trust.
Q13): Will the KEEPERS OF LIFE series be a trilogy or do you have other books in the works?
Shea: At present, it’s a trilogy, though I never say never. If a continuation of the series is wanted, I’d have to have a long sit down and think before I agreed to do it.
Q14): What can we expect as the series progresses?
Shea: Adventure, chaos, mayhem, danger, love lost, love found, love denied, betrayal, sword fighting, fist fighting, loads of magic and tons of creatures. It should be fun!
Q15): Is there anything you would like to say to the readers out there today?
Shea: I apologize for being a slow writer. My five fallen angels take a lot of work to keep them out of trouble, but I am writing as quickly as I can. I’m also very grateful to everyone who has taken a chance and read my book. It’s incredibly difficult for a new author to get attention in this business because there are so many books out there. It’s easy to get lost in the crowd.
Book Monster Reviews?LITERAL ADDICTION: Shea, thank you so much for being with us today! We’d love to have you back in August 2012 to help promote "The Lost Prince" if you’re interested….
Shea: Thank you again for inviting me to chat. I had a great time. For those who like epic fantasy, I have a book, TORREIN: AGE OF FEAR, coming out November 2011 from Variance Publishing. It’s suitable for ages 10-110 and a really fun read. Other than that, if anyone wants to talk more, you can connect with me at: Facebook / SheaBerkley.com / Goodreads / RubySlipperedSisterhood.com
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