I read Shona’s debut novel The Goblin King earlier this month and loved it! You can read my review here. Shona is going to spend a little time at OUAC and answer a few questions for us. I hope you enjoy them!
OUAC: Do you you have any books sitting in your TBR pile?
SH: I have a shelf. And I supposedly have a rule that says I can only buy more books when there is room on that shelf, but I keep breaking it. Here’s a picture of what’s on my shelf at the moment. Plus I have an ereader which is an invisible shelf…but if no one can see it and it takes up no space it doesn’t count right?
OUAC: Do you have any books on your keeper shelf?
SH: Lots. We have a lot of bookcases in my house as my husband reads, I read and the kids read. That said I haven’t re-read a book in a few years…although I really want to go back and re-read Daggerspell, the trouble is once I start I’ll end up reading all 14 books and I won’t get anything done 🙂
OUAC: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
SH: Dark chocolate. Mmmm. Is there ever such a thing as too much? However I never feel guilty about eating it. Life is too short. I love watching ‘Supernatural’ and I’ve also been sucked into watching ‘Wild Boys’ on a Sunday night. It’s about a couple of hapless bushrangers (but it’s so easy to watch…and easy on the eye).
OUAC: Can you walk us through a normal writing day for you?
SH: I check emails and answer what I can first thing in the morning, and do a bit of social media. Then I go to my day job (design a few roads etc) and write any blog posts that need doing during my lunch break. In the evening is when I actually get the writing done. I’ve become very good at switching on when I sit down and getting straight into it.
OUAC: What is the best writing advice you’ve received?
SH: Write what you love and don’t be afraid to try something new. I always try and do something that challenges me with each story so I keep growing as a writer, for The Goblin King it was an ugly goblin hero.
OUAC: What drew you to writing paranormal romance?
SH: I love making things up :). I was always told I have an overactive imagination as a child so now I put it to good use. I’m also drawn to darker, tortured heroes and writing paranormal allows me to create all kinds of ways to make them suffer—it makes the HEA at the end that much sweeter.
OUAC: I’ve never read a romance involving goblins. What drew you to goblins?
SH: This was a 2am idea that grew legs and ran. I was looking for something different to write after doing a vampire story and I’d never read a goblin romance. Given that I love Beauty and the Beast I thought I could make it work. After all what’s not to love about a cursed Celtic King fighting to hold onto his soul and humanity? It was that internal battle between good and evil that was appealing. It would be so easy for him to give up but it’s just not in his nature.
OUAC: Do you have a favorite scene in The Goblin King? (As few spoilers as possible)
SH: I love when Eliza first sees Roan as a goblin, from there everything changes for both of them. Then there are the moments in the Summerland where they can be together even though it’s stolen time.
OUAC: Dai was such a great brother and supporting character. Will he get a book of his own?
SH: Yes! I knew when I was writing him that he was going to get his own story. While he and Roan are brothers that is where the similarity ends.
OUAC: Will any of the back stories from the original men in Roan’s loyal party be explained?
SH: There are little snippets of the men in each of the books—Fane makes an appearance in book two as does Meryn—and then Meryn has his own story in For the Love of a Goblin Warrior.
OUAC: Can you tell us a little bit about Kiss of the Goblin Prince (due out from Sourcebooks in May 2012)?
SH: Kiss of the Goblin Prince is Dai and Amanda’s story. Without giving too much away…he has to put his past to rest to be able to have a future, as does Amanda. Given that they’ve both been so hurt it was very satisfying to watch them heal together.
OUAC:Thanks for stopping by Shona!! I loved The Goblin King and I can’t wait to read more about the world and characters you’ve created!
Info on Shona Husk:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Debut author Shona Husk is a civil designer by day and an author by night. She lives in Western Australia and through history, myth and imagination she creates heroes that are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold-sometimes literally. For more information on Shona and The Goblin King, and where to download the FREE prequel, The Summons, please visit: http://www.shonahusk.com/.
The Goblin King by Shona Husk
in stores now!
Once Upon a Time…
A man was cursed to the Shadowlands, his heart replaced with a cold lump of gold. In legends, he became known as… The Goblin King.
For a favored few he will grant a wish. Yet, desperately clinging to his waning human soul, his one own desire remains unfulfilled… A Willing Queen.
But who would consent to move from the modern-day world into the realm of nightmares? No matter how intoxicating his touch, no matter how deep his valor, loving him is dangerous. And the one woman who might dare to try could also destroy forever his chance at a … Happily Ever After.
Giveaway Details (Open to US/Canada Only):
*Sourcebooks is giving away two copies to two lucky OUAC readers!
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*Giveaway ends 10/26/11 at 11:59 PM CST.