Monday, January 14, 2013

Guest - Shona Husk

Happy New Year! This is our first guest blog of the new year and I think you're going to love it. Shona Husk has a terrific goblin series (Shadowlands) that just begs to be read! You can check out my review of her latest book, For The Love of a Goblin Warrior, here and Sourcebooks is offering a copy to one lucky reader. Check out the instructions below to enter the drawing.

Meanwhile, I have an interview with Shona that I think you'll find very interesting. Enjoy!

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1.       How did you get started writing?
SH: I wrote as a child, but stopped in high school and while I was at Uni (college). When I was on maternity leave I started again. While I’d always written fantasy stories, it was only in my mid-twenties I discovered romance, and more importantly that there was a whole genre called paranormal romance that combined world building and a HEA.

2.       What is your favorite part of writing?
SH: The bit I’m not doing at the time? I love the first draft unless it’s not behaving. Edits are great as I can see the story improving, unless I’m struggling with how to make the changes. Maybe the plotting part where the characters and their world first comes to life J

3.       What is your least favorite part of writing?
SH: The final page proofs. It’s a combination of relief that my work on the book is almost done and a freak out that my work on the book is almost done. It’s the last chance to catch any mistakes and make final tweaks.

4.       Tell us about your current series.
SH: The Shadowlands series is about a group of Celtic warriors who were cursed to be goblins. During the series they manage to break the curse, let go of the past and adapt to the modern world. Each of them has a very different past from the time they were Celts which gives them a very different perspective on what a second chance at living as men means. Writing about goblins gave me the opportunity to turn something really hideous and selfish into a hero which was a lot of fun.

5.       Tell us about your hero.  Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.
SH: Meryn was the King’s cousin, he was quite powerful and was used to being in command of the army. He also had a wife and children which he saw murdered by Roman soldiers. His greatest strength would be his ability to love again even after having his heart broken and becoming goblin. His biggest weakness would be his pride and his refusal to let others help.

6.       Tell us about your heroine.  Give us one of her strengths and one of her weaknesses.
SH: Nadine is a nurse who works nightshifts because she is terrified of goblins and the dark. At least if she is working she is surrounded by people. She’s also grown up in foster care since she was five after her father was convicted of killing her mother. And while she was a witness, she doesn’t remember anything. Her greatest strength would be her compassion and a willingness to see the good in people. Her biggest weakness would be her fear of getting involved with a man and ending up like her mother. She feels it’s safer to be alone.

7.       What inspired your latest book?
SH: Meryn’s story was kind of set when I wrote he gave in and became a goblin in The Goblin King. The only course of action for him was to find his way back to being human—and rediscovering what that means. Of course the world has changed a lot in two thousand years so I got to have a play with how he’d adapt not only to being human but to all the changes. Finding the perfect heroine was a challenge. However at the time I was working on the Shadowlands series there was a lot in the news about police corruption and how a few old cases were being over turned.  And I wanted a heroine who already knew about goblins (unlike Eliza and Amanda from The Goblin King and Kiss of the Goblin Prince), but who would never trust one…or a man who’d been one. So a murder and a wrong conviction brought Nadine into the story.

8.       What is your next project and when will it be released?
SH: I have a few new releases in 2013. A couple of novellas Dark Secrets (weird west: magic guns and male prostitute for a hero) and Ruby’s Ghost (paranormal romance with a dead vengeful ex and a man caught between life and death). But the big news is I have a new print series starting in July with The Outcast Prince. This series is set in our world and Annwyn where there is a power struggle for the throne, so fairies, death, and magic mirrors. Lots of fun :)

9.       How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?
SH: Very unlikely. That said if I hear an interesting name or a piece of dialogue I note it down. I also tear out newspaper articles and interesting pictures. People are much more likely to spark an idea through something random than end up in my book.

10.   Do you have a view in your writing space?  What does your space look like?
SH: I have a weird little dogleg as my writing area which I share with the kids’ keyboard, the washing basket, the ironing board and a bookcase. It has a lovely view of the garden and the washing line. When the weather is warm I open up the sliding doors and let fresh air in, in winter I rug up as its cold sitting by the glass doors. But pajamas and dressing gown are practically writing uniform, right? I also have my three essential books on my desk (dictionary, thesaurus and baby name book) and my files for my WIPs.


FOR THE LOVE OF A GOBLIN WARRIOR BY SHONA HUSK – IN STORES JANUARY 2013

In a Faraway Land...
There lived a man who was trapped—his only companions a horde of goblins consumed by their lust for gold. He thought he was lost forever, thought that no one would ever remember he'd been noble.

A Fearless Warrior…
Now he has been thrust into the human world once again, but so much has changed. How can he ever be rid of the darkness after so long in the Shadowlands?

It Starts with Dreams of a Castle...
And a woman who takes his breath away and makes him forget the pain of his past. He knows he must protecet her at all costs. And perhaps in saving her, he can finally learn to love again.

Praise for The Goblin King:
"Steamy, sensual, and dangerous...Dark and delicious." —Fresh Fiction
"Shona Husk put together an amazing story about loss, love, redemption, and discovery." —Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
"A wonderfully dark and sensual fairy tale." —Jessa Slade, author of Seduced by Shadows

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 other books in the Shadowlands Series, The Goblin King and Kiss of the Goblin Prince, available now. In July 2013, Shona will begin another dark paranormal series with The Outcast Prince! For more information, please visit www.shonahusk.com.

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-- Lynda Again,
    I hope you enjoyed the interview. I always find them interesting and thought Shona gave some terrific answers. What did you think?
    To enter the drawing: Leave a comment AND send me an email Lynda@LyndaKScott.com with Meryn in the Subject line, your snail mail address, and the answer to this question: What kind of work did Nadine do? by Friday, Jan. 18. I'll have my alien kitten, Wookie, select the winner (she loves to do this so let's make sure she gets lots of entries).

   Good luck and have a Blessed Day! 

9 comments:

Lynda K. Scott said...

Welcome, Shona! Thanks for being with us today. I'm looking forward to your next book...and the one after that and the one after that ;-)

Shona is in Australia so might be a touch slow in responding.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

A goblin romance seems like a truly original idea to me. Congrats on the novel being published as well as your series being picked by Sourcebooks.

ellaquinnauthor said...

Great interview. Congratulations! I tweeted.

Shona Husk said...

Hi Lynda, thank you for inviting me over. I’m about to go to the day job—so I’ll check back later in the day :)

Shona Husk said...

Thank you Jacqueline.

bn100 said...

I enjoyed the interview.

Victoria said...

Great interview. I really have found a new appreciation for goblins since you :). Thanks.

donnas said...

Sounds great. Thanks for sharing!!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Congrats to Donna! Wookie chose you to win the copy of For the Love of a Goblin Warrior! I've notified the lovely Danielle of Sourcebooks who will get your copy to you asap.

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!