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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Q&A with author Shayla Black

Today I have another wonderful author to share a Questions & Answer post with. Please welcome Shayla Black to My Overstuffed Bookshelf. Let's get started!


To start off, welcome and can you tell the readers a little about yourself?

Shayla Black is the national bestselling author of 25+ sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances for multiple print and electronic publishers. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

Shayla has won or placed in over a dozen writing contests, including Passionate Ink’s Passionate Plume, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. Romantic Times has awarded her Top Picks, a KISS Hero Award and a nomination for Best Erotic Romance of 2007.

A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every book.

Can you tell us a little about your new and/or current releases?

The second book in my Doomsday Brethren paranormal romance series, SEDUCE ME IN SHADOW, just released.

Here’s a blurb:

Ex-Marine Caden MacTavish has shunned his magical heritage all his life, but he will do anything to heal his desperately ill brother, a Doomsday Brethren warrior in mourning for his missing mate. Posing as a photographer, Caden must convince firecracker tabloid reporter Sydney Blair to reveal the source of her recent exposé on a supernatural power clash. Unfortunately, keeping his hands off the sizzling redhead proves as hard as getting them onto the potent and mystical Doomsday Diary he discovers at her bedside. A bloody rebellion led by an evil, power-hungry wizard is imminent. If Sydney divulges the book’s existence, she will jeopardize magickind’s most deeply guarded secrets and become the ruthless wizard’s number one target. Caden has never trusted magic’s cruel and dangerous powers, but he will protect Sydney with his life and magic—even if it means risking his heart.

Book 3 in the series, POSSESS ME AT MIDNIGHT, releases October 27.


How did you decide what to write?

I’ve had the idea for this series since 1996 and have piecing it together in my head for years. When Pocket Books bought the first, TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS, and it released in fall 2008, I was just itching to continue the series. I love all these guys. Despite the fact they’re magical, they have very human problems, and writing about them is a blast for me.


When your not writing what kind of books do you like to read? Do you have any favorite authors, that are must reads?

I read a lot of romance, a few selections of general fiction and some non-fiction. I don’t have favorite authors, per se. I do have some treasured reads from a lot of different authors, however.

What are 3 things that are "must haves" for you when you sit down to write a new book?

My completed storyboard, which outlines every scene of the book, a clear vision of the emotional flow and characters, great music indicative of the mood I want to convey.


What are Your favorite thing to do in your downtime?

Of course, I love to read. I also enjoy reality TV. It’s my guilty pleasure… We play a fair amount of Guitar Hero and Rock Band at my house as well.

Where can we purchase your books?

Doomsday Brethren series at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/series/94992/ref=pd_serl_books?ie=UTF8&edition=mass%5Fmarket SEDUCE ME IN SHADOW should also be available currently at most Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million locations, as well as many WalMarts.

Do you have a blog or website that your readers can keep up with you and your books?

Both—and more: Shayla site: http://www.shaylablack.com/bookshelf/
Blog: http://www.shelleybradley.com/blog/
Doomsday Brethren site:
http://doomsdaybrethren.com/ MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/shelleybradley
Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shayla-BlackShelley-Bradley/132991689785
Doomsday Brethren Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=119626782686&ref=ts


If you do a book after Delicious, you can use Amy as the main female character...

The book after DELICIOUS will be titles SURRENDER TO ME, which features Hunter Edgington. I’ll keep Amy on the short list of heroine names. LOL!


Thank you so much for doing a Q&A Shayla! I look forward to reading more of your books!

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4 Comments:

Blogger Mary G said...

Shayla has always been one of my faves. Great characters & great plots.

October 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger J. Kaye said...

I have not read any of her books, but I plan to! That's what 2010 will be for me. To catch up on books I've been wanting to read.

Great interview!

October 20, 2009 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger RKCharron said...

Hi Amy :)
Thank you for the great interview with Shayla Black and thanks to Shayla for sharing.
Is Shayla on Twitter? I can't find her. :(
All the best,
RKCharron
xoxo

October 20, 2009 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Amy J said...

I am not sure. I don't have twitter so I always forget to ask that! I will start asking for all the twitter users.

October 20, 2009 at 7:09 PM  

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