by Cathy Sova
Welcome to our New Faces column, where you can meet debut
romance authors and discover their books. This time we are visiting
with Shawntelle Madison, whose first book is is the paranormal
romance COVETED from Ballantine Books. Letís meet her.
Shawntelle, welcome to TRR! Tell us about yourself.
I live in Missouri right now, but I'm an Iowa girl all the
way. I've even experienced the small town life which is nice.
I have a husband and three great kids who keep me busy.
Are you coming to romance writing from another job? Do you still have a day job?
Before I wrote romance I worked freelance as a consultant.
I still do that now on a part-time basis. I'm a die-hard geek
so it's rather hard for me to be without my computer
What led you to write romance?
I'm a long time reader. I fondly recall reading my mother's
romance books. I loved reading Danielle Steel and LaVryle Spencer.
(Still a LaVryle Spencer
Tell us about your road to publication.
I started out in late 2008 writing paranormal romance. I'd
found my crit partner at a play group for my children. She mentioned
getting back into writing, and interestingly enough, I was thinking
seriously about it as well. I finished the book and sent out
my first query letter in February. That first book did final
in a contest, but it never got me a literary agent. It was my
second book where I found my voice and got an agent.
Naturally, one would think the road would get smoother with
an agent, but it's just as hard. My second book didn't sell
to NY, but the third book was
the one. I wrote Coveted in late 2009 and finished it by spring
2010. It sold in October 2010 to Random House's Del Rey imprint.
Not long after, my book was shifted to Ballantine Books. Coveted
came out on April 24th.
What kind of research was involved for your first book?
For my first book, I did a lot of research on hoarding and
obsessive-compulsive disorders. Naturally, I also had fun making
and "sampling" eastern European cuisine.
Tell us about your debut book.
For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing
extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she's stuck in
her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of
her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless
and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn,
Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively
collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile
up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home, and Nat
and Thorn discover that old flames still remain intense.
Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face
a much hairier problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage
Long Island werewolves-and Nat is the first target in the turf
war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy
group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River
pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it's enough
to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the
full moon, Nat must summon all her strength to save her pack,
and ultimately, herself.
Who are some of your influences as a writer?
My primary influence as a writer is the late science fiction
author Octavia Butler. I also love Patricia Briggs and Marjorie
What does your family think of having a published romance author in their midst?
They are very supportive of my efforts. My kids see my cover
and say, "There's Coveted, Mom!" It's really great.
Tell us about plans for future books.
The next book in the Coveted series, Kept, will come
out on November 24th.
How can readers get in touch with you?
They can visit my website: http://www.shawntellemadison.com
My blog: http://shawntellemadison.blogspot.com
Shawntelle, thanks for joining us, and best of luck with
July 17, 2012
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