BOOK TOUR INTERVIEW: Spectral by Shannon Duffy
by Shannon Duffy
Published by Tribute Books
(Geez, that’s a freakin gorgeous cover!)
Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian . . . and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe—the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along.
As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive.
My Interview with Shannon
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi there! A little about me? Well I’m a Canadian girl, currently living in Ontario. I’m married with one son, 2 dogs, 2 horses, and a canary. I’m a huge animal lover and if I could get more dogs, I would…I’m working on the hubs. When I was a kid, I used to tell my parents that I wanted to be a dolphin trainer. Other than writing, I love to read, work-out, travel, go boating, and shop.
2. What made you want to become a writer?
I think a big part of why I wanted to become a writer stemmed from high school when my English teacher would read some of my assignments to the class. It was kinda surreal that he would choose mine to read, and made me feel so good about myself and motivated me to want to do better. I really liked that teacher and wanted to impress him so bad. After high school, I actually worked as a nurse for a long time before starting writing. But, funny story? For fun one time, shortly after I’d finished nursing school, I went to a fortune teller. She actually told me that I would become a writer. I remember being like, huh? But I’m a nurse! True story.
3. Tell us about Spectral.
Spectral is YA Paranormal Romance and is a story about a 16 year old girl named Jewel who thinks her family has been living in the Witness Protection Program all her life. They move all the time, changing names every time. In her new location, going under the name of True, she begins to find out information that makes her question everything…who she is, where she belongs, and most importantly, who she can trust. In her struggle to pull all of the pieces together, there are kidnappings, magical powers, covens of witches, romance, globe-hopping, and revelations that make Jewel’s head spin. And the thing is? She has to figure things out before her upcoming 17th birthday in order to survive.
4. What’s the hardest part of being a writer?
The hardest part of being a writer for me, is finding enough time to get everything done. With anybody, I’m sure, life is busy and when you have kids and pets etc, lots of stuff is always going on. Since I work at home, sometimes people don’t look at it like I have a real job, and they call me all the time, or want to hang out when I need to work. So, sometimes that’s difficult. I’m trying to find a balance for everything.
5. What do you need around you to write (special drink, lucky items, etc)?
What I need around when I write, is definitely some sort of drink…sometimes that’s just water, in the morning it’s raspberry chocolate coffee, and sometimes it’s a diet coke. My yorkie, Bambi is my good luck charm. She keeps me company wherever I am. She’s my heart.
6. What are some of your favorite books?
Some of my favorite books are Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux series, the Hush Hush series, The Celestra series, Delirium, The Twilight series, The Chemical garden series, Cinder, The Hunger Game series, Divergent…and it goes on.
7. Are your characters based on anyone you know?
Yes, I did write characters into the book that I know. Sometimes I just use people’s names but not their personality. Like Taylor Snow is actually my niece, and her mom, Elizabeth Snow is actually my sister. Difference is, my sister is one of my best friends and is a rock star mom and not eccentric at all. My sister thinks it’s hilarious that she’s in the book. Also, I wrote in two of my critique partners in the ending for fun. (With their permission, of course.) In my middle grade novel coming out next January, the main character is based on my son, Gabriel, my nephew Brent is there, and my parents…and lots of other characters that I used names from my life in that book. It’s fun because it makes the story feel even more real to me.
8. What, if anything, are you working on right now?
Right now I’m almost done writing a YA Cyberpunk titled DREAMSCAPE that I’m really excited about. I’m hoping to be done by mid-June, with any luck.
9. Why do you love writing?
I love writing because I love to be creative and to make the stories in my head come to life on the page. And I have to say, when readers say they’ve enjoyed something I’ve written? Well, it’s honestly such an amazing feeling, that it’s hard to describe. *Happy dance.* I feel very lucky to be able to do this, and I love readers!
Thank you for inviting me to your blog today!
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