I'm the next stop on Shannon McKenna's One Wrong Move blog tour, and I'm thrilled to have had the chance to interview Shannon since I’ve been a big fan of her books. Shannon write sexy thrillers with larger than life heroes, some of which who put the “A” in alpha. Shannon’s book have been considered “erotic” and she pushes the envelope in ways readers will enjoy...
KB: For those who may not be aware, can you tell us about yourself and what you write?
Shannon: I think all characters I write are in some way composites of the aspects of our own character. Even the dark evil ones reflect the things I’m afraid of, and the things I repress--though I promise, I have never had a hankering for world domination. I take inspiration from books, movies, real life. I listen carefully to speech patterns (when I have a chance to listen to people talking in English unscripted!). Certain qualities of the characters I write are based on people I know, but never a whole character. I take a little bit of this, a little bit of that. For instance, there was this kid I knew when I was growing up, the older brother of a friend of mine. He was nothing much to look at, with tangled teeth and greasy hair, a real screw-up who sold drugs and flunked out of school, but one day, when my friend and I were hiking way up in the hills behind where we lived, we ran into him. It was dusk, and there was a lot of long, dry grass. We heard a rattlesnake start to buzz right near us, but could not figure out where it was because the grass was too long. This sixteen year old guy took out his knife, and threw it, whish, swick, and cut that snake’s head off, blind, practically in the dark. I was very impressed with this, at the tender age of eleven. Not surprisingly, my hero in RETURN TO ME could do this very thing--though he was taller, more muscular, with better teeth, and considerably more accomplished than my friend’s brother. And of course all the McCloud brothers could, blindfolded and hanging upside down, of course. Pick and choose, that’s the name of the game! As for love scenes, well, I love them. They are very hard for me only in the sense that it’s difficult not to repeat oneself, but I find them exciting to write, because it’s such an incredible vehicle for communication, character development, even plot development, discovery. I can’t imagine writing without them. At least now.
Shannon: I’d be a heroine in a gothic romance, hiding my secret but blazing sensuality behind my lacy fischu and my prim ruffled cap . . . cheerful and virtuous, but with a sense of humor, ready to save my brooding and scarred gothic hero with the healing power of my love, a la Jane Eyre. I’d title it something goofy and over-the-top, like, The Beast of Blackburn Hall. Yeah. Beastly. I go for that.
Shannon is giving away TWO prizes, a copy of one of her books at each blog stop on her tour AND a grand prize giveaway of a Kindle Touch!!! There are several copies of One Wrong Move, Blood and Fire, Ultimate Weapon, and Fade to Midnight up for grabs!
1) To win a book: leave a comment on this blog post to be entered to win a book. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. This giveaway ends five days after the post goes live.
2) To win a Kindle Touch: Click the link to go to Shannon’s website and enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. A winner will be selected on September 27th.
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