Shannon Duffy writes young adult and middle grade fiction. She grew up on the beautiful east coast of Canada and now lives in Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of one boy, Gabriel, her angel. She loves writing, reading, working out, soccer, and the sport of champions-shopping. She is the author of the young adult paranormal romance, SPECTRAL. Her upcoming middle grade fantasy novel, GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA is scheduled for a January 2013 release.
Thank you for joining us today, Shannon. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?
I’m Canadian, married with one son, and a huge animal lover. I’ve two dogs, two horses, and a canary. I would love to sneak in a few more pets but hubs is having none of that. I also love boating, traveling, and shopping of course. 🙂
When did you first get bit by the writing bug?
Well, in high school I really remember loving to do writing assignments when most of the other kids would groan about it. And then I used to play around writing bits of poetry. I decided to write an actual novel after I had my son, Gabriel because I wanted to write a story for him. That story is a Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure.
Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?
After I finished the novel for my son, I really couldn’t wait to try my hand at a YA. I love to read YA, and I was super excited to have at it. I really enjoyed writing SPECTRAL.
What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?
I love that YA readers get so excited about books they love, and their love of books is super contagious. It’s a great group of people to write for really. Since YA is becoming so wide spread and popular, I think the most difficult challenge is writing something that’s completely original…that will capture people’s attention. So you have to be able to put a spin on the kinds of stories people love. I hope I’ve done that with SPECTRAL.
Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?
SPECTRAL is about a girl named Jewel who is approaching her 17th birthday. She has been brought up to believe her family is in the Witness Protection Program and that they are on the run from the mob. They move around so often, changing her name every time. She doesn’t have a chance to really make friends, or to have any roots because her family controls everything she does. At this latest location, she meets two hot guys at school that are both giving her attention. When one suddenly shows he has magical powers, claiming to be her guardian, and telling her that everything she has been told is a lie, she has to try unraveling the pieces in her life, find the truth and who she can even believe…and make it to her 17th birthday alive. With kidnappings, a magical Witchcraft book, unexplained powers appearing, and two boys competing for her heart, things get a lot more complicated than Jewel bargained for.
What inspired you to write it?
I really like books about witches, and having read the witch books by Carolyn MacCullough, I really felt like I wanted to write one. I just think they’re so fun. So, that was my initial inspiration. After that, the idea just popped into my head one night when I couldn’t sleep. Funny how that is.
Where can readers purchase a copy?
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Smashwords, Google, and through my publisher, Tribute-Books.com
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?
Yes, my website is www.ShannonDuffyLit.com On there you’ll find a soundtrack for the book that I put together, photos of most of the characters, and more about me and my other works.
What is up next for you?
My Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure, GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA is coming out January 1, 2013, and its sequel comes out January, 2014. Also, right now I’m working on a YA Dystopian.
Do you have anything else to add?
I would like to say thank you for having me on here today, and thanks to everybody who stopped by.
Thank you for spending time with us today, Shannon. We wish you much success.
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Release: April 10, 2012
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