I’m pleased to welcome talented author Shannan Albright for a talk about her new book “Dark Hunter”.
Hey Shannan, nice to have you here! To start off, name 10 things most people don’t know about you.
I’m an introvert, Terrified of spiders, can’t watch any movie which has an animal die in it, still cry when I see Little Women even though I’ve seen the movie over twenty times, love a good scary movie, have a quick temper, forgive easily just don’t forget, can be very sensitive, a worrier and can’t say no to cheesecake.
What’s your take on critique groups?
They can be a nightmare if you are with writers who don’t mesh with you. Be sure these are writers who you trust and understand your style. When you get the right combination, they can make you shine.
Definitely! Describe a day with you behind the scenes.
The best way to describe a day of writing with me is manic. I tend to have two to three WIP’s up and I’m working on them throughout the day. When I start to feel antsy, I know it’s time to recharge and either start painting or I read for a while then I’m back at it. I write until three in the morning or so and usually am up and at it again by ten the next morning. Of course this is on the weekends when I don’t have to work a day job.
How do you handle negative criticism?
I try to distance myself from the criticism as much as I can to see if any of what the person said holds a ring of truth to it. If I find merit in what they say I take it and use it to make me a better writer. No matter what, I thank them for taking the time to read my book. If I don’t agree with them, I still thank them for their time and never argue with them. Remembering that not everyone will like my style of writing or my stories.
I couldn’t agree more. As an author, what scares you the most?
Getting up in front of a large crowd of people. I guess it goes with being an introvert. It’s hard to have all that focus on me when I’m doing a workshop or leading a discussion.
And what is the hardest part about writing?
Writing the first three chapters of a book. It seems I go through at least three rewrites before I feel good enough to continue. Once through the third chapter I’m pretty much home free.
And that’s always the best feeling! So do you use a pen name, and why?
I’m a very private person and don’t like just anyone knowing who I really am. My writing persona is much different than who I am in my day to day world.
What is the easiest book you ever wrote?
My first Dark Breed Enforcer book. I had it finished and published in four months. Dark Passion Rising just seemed to flow from start to finish without a hitch. If only all my books were that easy to get out. I think the reason it seemed easier had to be because it was the first book I authored solo and coming off the high of a successful anthology I was filled with creativity.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Shannan, and good luck 🙂
Growing up I was called the dreamer of the family, something not always thought of as a positive thing. As a child, I would draw and build stories around my pictures, so writing was a natural extension for me. Recently a family member told me that from now on she would encourage those dreamers she knew. Stating “with hard work and focus dreams can come true. Shannan Albright is proof that dreaming can be a positive thing.”
When not writing I spend my time between oil painting and reading. I love writing paranormal, urban fantasy, historical and fantasy romances because of the world building and rich characters I feel a connection to. I’m drawn to dark, edgy heroes and heroines overcoming impossible odds internal and external.
I’m a “hopeful” Romantic who believes a healthy relationship built on respect and a strong partnership is the key to a happy ever after.
Vampire Mari Ankamunan struggles to pick up the pieces of her life after her bar The Asp becomes a war zone between the Enforcers and members of the Preservation Society, who want all dark breeds wiped out. The sudden appearance of the only man she ever loved brings her world to a crashing halt, for she witnessed his brutal murder two thousand years ago.
Navar’s spoken oaths to his Sire cost him Mari. Torn from her side by the sidhe queen, he is her Hunter, delivering justice for crimes against the breeds. Now freed he returns to his lovers side only to be caught in a dark plot where Mari is targeted for death.
The stakes are high, can they uncover a deadly plot against the Enforcers or will Navar lose Mari, forever by an assassin’s hand?
“I will do everything in my power to protect her, even lay down my life if it comes to that.” Navar’s words rang in the still air, spoken as an oath.
“Marcus will be relieved to find out Mari is well protected. I know after the incident with the Preservation Society, he has been concerned for her safety. Someday you must tell me how you secured your release.”
Mari blinked at the two men, feeling left out of the loop in the XY-chromosome chat. Males. Can’t live without them and can’t kill them. Irritation spiked into the red zone, her patience threadbare for the bullshit. Placing her diminutive self between the two towering males, she gave them both a fearless glare and fisted her hands on her hips.
All conversation stopped as they stared down at her with surprise. Good, now she had their attention. “I’ve been alive since the time of Cleopatra. I didn’t survive all those centuries by being a fucking weak female. I can fight, strategize, and I damn well have enough intellect in this ‘girly’ brain to figure out what I need to do to save my own hide, thank you very much. Now, if you don’t mind talking to me, not about me, it would be appreciated and might save your ball sacs from relocating somewhere north on your body. Are we clear, boys?”
Adrian threw his head back and roared a large rolling laugh that reverberated throughout the room. She blinked in surprise. She’d never once seen any enforcer laugh. Sure, they smiled, chuckled, and even smirked, but never laughed. She found it…disconcerting.
“Point taken. You will have your hands full with this little hellion, hunter. I don’t envy you.”
“Little hellion indeed. Yet well worth the extra trouble,” Navar agreed, his pale eyes darkening with hunger.
Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/dark-hunter-by-shannan-albright/