May 01

Interview with Shannan Albright, Author of the Knights of Excalibur Series

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I am a California girl born in Whittier. I’m now living in Las Vegas, NV

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

The Kings Lady is my recent release. In a nutshell it’s about second chances, holding onto love with both hands and building a foundation of trust and respect.

I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?

Warning: Approach writers study with extreme caution and avoid sudden movements. Do not feed the writer unless it is dark chocolate, nor stick your fingers through the doors opening. Amputation may occur. 

What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author?

I can see Gwen coming over for tea and a tarot reading, which would digress to chocolates, wine and discussing the…um the obvious merits of our partners in bed. J

Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?

Gwen has always been the loudest voice of all of them. Since the day I started the series she was pacing in my head waiting for her book. She had a lot to say about how maligned she has been over the years and we both wanted to have the chance to get her side out there.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I have not really thought of having a particular style, others tell me my stories tend to be fast paced with a touch of snarky.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There is more than one side to every story.

Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?

Writing wonderful books the readers want. I do have a business plan for acquiring an agent and hope for a book deal with one of the bigger publishing houses.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Somewhere warm like the Bahamas, where I can just walk out to the beach from my back door. Ah, heaven.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?

It would be JR Ward. I love the way that woman writes!

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I prefer paperbacks, but it’s easier for me to handle eBooks these days, since the Arthritis in my hands is getting worse, I would rather use them for writing than holding a book.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

< p class="MsoBodyText" style="text-align: justify; margin: 0in 0in 6pt">More Paranormal, I have two different books I’m working on that are the first books in a series.  I am also working on a historical paranormal right now and if it’s received well there will be more historicals like it coming.

What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?

Believable characters you can empathize with and a good end of chapter hooks help. But you really need to also have a solid, believable plot. Even in Paranormals there are rules than need to be followed and if you break them it needs to be explained in the book. 

Have you ever suffered from a "writer’s block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?

I found having other WIP’s to work on helps to get me out of my head enough to figure out the problem. I also use oil painting to work out my stories so if one don’t do the trick the other will.

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I love writing the last third of the book, everything is coming to a head and things are looking grim. The action is fast and the build-up to the final confrontation is pretty intense. This is when surprises I’m not even aware of happens. Then I have to go back and put in some foreshadowing in the first half to make the change believable.

Have you ever read a book more than once?

I have to wait a few years before I can re-read a book I’ve already read. I have great recall and can remember the book in vivid detail after the first chapter.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/ paperback/ hardcover)?

Lover at Last by JR Ward and it’s eBook.

Are there any new Authors that have seized your interest and why?

Clare Ashgrove is awesome. Her series Curse of the Knights Templar is truly outstanding work. Caris Roane, in three words – Vampires in Kilts, her world building is incredible and draws you in right away.

Do you write under a pen name?

I write under Shannan Albright. I put my married name as my first and my maiden is my second. Thought it would be easier for me to remember and answer to this way.

What are your pet peeves?

Drivers who cut you off, people who have no consideration toward others, someone who lies to me.

Cats or dogs?

Both. I’m a huge animal lover.

White wine or red?

Rose or white.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee when I get up and tea in the afternoon.

Favourite food?

It’s a tossup between dark chocolate and cheesecake. Now if you put the two together….Oh, boy. But it HAS to be the dark semi-sweet chocolate.

Laptop or desktop for writing?

Laptop

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

Into my study.

One of your favourite quotes –

No matter where you go, there you are. From Buckaroo Bonsai

List 3 of your all time favourite books?

Gone with the Wind, Acheron, Dark Lover

List 3 of your all time favourite movies?

Young Frankenstein, All About Eve, Little Women

An actor you have a crush on –

Jay Bunyan from the CW Beauty and the Beast. Sigh, those abs…

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?

Grim is addictive for me. Just love things that go bump in the night.

Growing up she was the dreamer in her family, something not always thought of as a positive thing. As a child she would draw and build stories around her pictures, so writing was a natural extension for her. Recently a family member told her 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 she spends her time between oil painting and reading. She loves writing paranormal, urban fantasy, historical and fantasy romances because of the world building and rich characters she finds. She loves dark, edgy heroes and heroines overcoming impossible odds internal and external.

She is a "hopeful" Romantic who believes a healthy relationship built on respect and a strong partnership is the key to a happy ever after.

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