Friday, July 12, 2013

BLOG TOUR - INTERVIEW - SHONA HUSK - AUTHOR OF THE OUTCAST PRINCE - SOURCEBOOKS




Today on Novels On The Run I would like to welcome Australian author , Shona Husk. She lives in Perth , Western Australia and writes about Goblins and Fae among other characters. I have a Q & A with Shona for you all to enjoy.




Michelle:  What five words describe Shona Husk the AUTHOR?

Shona: determined, creative, overactive imagination, chocolate (because chocolate is always the answer)

Michelle:  You have four series you have written or still writing with four different publishers. Sourcebooks, Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing.

Shadowlands, Arcane, Sex With Strings and Court of Annwyn are your four series. Which of these series was the most challenging to write and why?

Shona: The Shadowlands and Annwyn series were planned to be series, so I knew what was going to happen in each book—that said because there is an overarching plot (however each book stands alone) I was always thinking about continuity. The Sex with Strings series is much looser as each book is about a different guy in the band (vampire rock stars!). The Arcane series has always been my odd one out. It’s 1st person point of view in a western style world with magic and vampiric horses. Writing in 1st person has its own set of rules, but it’s also the series that takes me the longest to get back to as I have to write it between other contracts. I do have 2 more books plotted though.

Michelle: You write Paranormal romance and fantasy romance. Why four different publishers? What are the benefits of having different publishers? I’ve noticed a few authors have several publishers.

Shona: I write different things for the different publishers. So my novel length paranormal romance is with Sourcebooks, my erotic romance is with Ellora’s Cave and my fantasy westerns are with Carina Press. Having different publishers allows me to write a variety of things, which is great. Plus with the epublishers there’s no due date-I write and submit when I’m ready, where as I have strict deadlines with Sourcebooks, because of the printing schedule. :-)

Michelle: You are an Australian author living in Western Australia. Your publishers are all on the other side of the world. This obviously works well for you. Have you ever gone over and met face to face with your publishers?

Shona: I went the RT Booklovers convention in Chicago last year, and met the Sourcebooks staff, including my editor and publicist, as well as some of the staff from EC and Carina. It was a great experience. I’d love to go to RT again in the future.

Michelle:  Your latest book is titled The Outcast Prince, Court Of Annwyn # 1. Caspian Mort is a changeling, son of the Prince of Annwyn. He is an antiques appraiser, he is also a psychometric. He can touch items and see their history which helps him value them. What five words would Lydia use to describe Caspian?

Shona: Reserved, intriguing, attractive, not human.

Michelle:  What five words would Caspian use to describe Lydia?

Shona: Tough, self-assured, loving, accepting, beautiful.

Michelle:  Lydia’s grandma was a very interesting character in The Outcast Prince. She holds many secrets of her life and what went on within the walls of Callaway House in her diaries. How did you come up with Grandma’s character? Is she modelled on anybody? It sounded like if you got an invite to one of her parties, you had to have a very open mind about what happened within the walls.

Shona: Even though she was never on the page she was fun to write about. She was a strong character who did the best that she could and made some people cringe in the process—she also knew far too many secrets about the power brokers ;) Like most of my characters she started off as a bit of an idea and grew during the first draft. I think attending one of her parties would have been a lot of fun.

I personally think Grandma needs a prequel novella. She sounds like a lot of fun.

Michelle:  What ten words would you use to describe Grandma? Because five isn’t enough .

Shona: Smart, cunning, family centered, honest, open minded, loyal, devil-may-care attitude

Michelle:  Lord of the Hunt is # 2 and To Love A King is # 3 in the Court of Annwyn series. Due out in 2014. Verden is the hero in # 2 and Felan’s story is # 3. I love the cover for The Outcast Prince. Have you seen the covers for the next two books and is there anything you can tell us about those books?

Shona: I have seen a draft of the Lord of the Hunt cover! It’s hot (but what else would you expect from a fairy?)! Verden gets himself into all kinds of trouble by following his heart instead of his head (something no self-respecting fairy would ever do).

Lord of the Hunt Synopsis

Their love could destroy a powerful reign and change the mortal world forever…

Raised in the mortal world, the fairy Taryn never planned on going back to Annwyn, much less to court. But with the power shift imminent, she is her parents' only hope of securing a pardon from exile and avoiding certain death. Verden, Lord of the Hunt, swore to serve the King. But as the magic of Annwyn fails and the Prince makes ready to take the throne, Verden knows his days as Hunter are numbered. When Taryn and Verden meet, their attraction is instant and devastating. Their love could bring down a Queen and change the mortal world forever.


In To Love a King, Felan tries to reunite with his lost love Jacquie. But she doesn’t make it easy on him. After all what woman would want to give up her soul?


Michelle:  Do you people watch and have you found any great characters from doing this? I people watch and we had a rather strong Goth group in one of our shopping plaza’s and I can’t forget one girl who was sooooo fae in her get up. I loved it!

Shona: I used to work in Perth and catch the train in and I’d play spot the vampire and werewolf (I’m not the only one right?). But I can’t say I’ve ever seen someone and gone you would make a cool character. I might thing that their hair style would be great on character X or the way they dress would be perfect for Y (I used a friend’s cool green eyes for Caspian).

Michelle:  What has been one of the more memorable book signings or author events for yourself or attending another author’s event/signing that you can tell us about?

Shona: When I was at RT last year I did the giant author book signing. It was huge! There were so many people—and some of them knew who I was and had read my books! I don’t know who was more excited me or them. :-)

Michelle:  What four people/characters, dead or alive, fictional or real, would you invite to dinner and why?

Shona: Well, since I can invite fictional characters… Dr Who, of course, Rhodry from Daggerspell (my first literary crush), King Arthur—so I can learn the truth about him—and if those three guys were coming around I’d have to invite my sister or I’d never hear the end of it :-)

Michelle: Thankyou Shona and best wishes with your writing . 

Shona: Thank you for having me!



THE OUTCAST PRINCE BY SHONA HUSK
 IN STORES JULY 2013



Just One Taste Is All It Takes...

This is no ordinary mirror. Caspian caught a hint of color, a whirl of a waltz just past his reflection—a glimpse into the decadent Fairy Court of Annwyn. The home he could never have. It called to him, whispering temptation after temptation...if he could only reclaim his rightful heritage.

To Be Forever Lost...

Caspian has an even stronger reason to stay in the world of humans. He's just met a woman who captivates him like no other. But loving him has proven to be dangerous. And he will do whatever it takes to protect Lydia from the vicious, seductive world of Court—even if doing so requires the ultimate sacrifice: his soul.

Praise for The Outcast Prince


“Brilliantly unique, beautifully sensual, The Outcast Prince had me spellbound from the first page! Shona Husk's engaging voice and vivid, creative world-building make every one of her books a must-read!” — Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author


“Innovative fantasy... An emotional and engaging tale.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR 


A civil designer by day and an author by night, Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Drawing on history, myth and imagination, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally. Look for the next book in the Annwyn Series, Lord of the Hunt in January 2014. You can find out more information about Shona and her edgy romances at http://www.shonahusk.com/ or follow her on Twitter, @ShonaHusk.



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