Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Interview and Giveaway: Passion From The Vine by Shannon Casey

What inspired you to become an author? 

Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be an author.  I grew up in a bad environment and books were my salvation.  When I was sad or scared, I would pick up a book, read it and pretend that I was there.  That way I could travel the world and go on exciting adventures without ever leaving my bedroom.  When I was in the fifth grade I started writing my own adventures and that way I could choose where I went and what I did, it was very freeing.  My love of reading stayed with me and to this day my favorite thing to do is read! 

Do you write in different genres?

So far I have written two books: one was a book to help abused children (part of my current career) and the other was my new erotic romance.  My future books will most likely be erotic romances, but may be in different themes (fantasy, historical, bondage, etc..).  

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

I really struggled to come up with the title for my book and along the way many titles were chosen and then thrown out.  I just couldn’t come up with anything that really encapsulated my entire book, then one night I was laying in bed thinking about a name for the bistro and came up with Passion from the Vine.  Then I flew out of bed and whooped because that was it, the title for my book.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

I didn’t start off basing any characters on real life individuals, but as I wrote I could see parts of myself, my daughters and a few friends emerge.  The mother definitely has some of my snarky personality. 

Some of the “scenes” were pulled from past experiences and others were plucked from my imagination.  My husband enjoyed being the guinea pig for the hot scene experiments!   

What books/authors have influenced your life?

My favorite genres are romance (all types) and murder/mystery novels; however, I have read books from all genres and enjoyed them.  My favorite authors are Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Johanna Lindsey, Steven King, Julie James, Jamie McGuire and E.L. James.

All of these authors have influenced me in one way or another; they have taught me to write about what I’m passionate about and not to worry about offending others, because there are always those who are “like minded”.   They also make me smile when I’m having a bad day. 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Nora Roberts, because I have read every one of her books and loved each and every one of them.  If I could write as well as she does then I would consider myself a success. 

What book are you reading now?

Inferno by Dan Brown and Effortless by SC Stephens: so far I love both of them!

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I’m very excited about my new writing project and the sleepless nights are back.  What started as a thought has now bloomed into a new novel.  I have started researching Avatar’s and brain functioning for my new futurist novel.  It will be an erotic fantasy about the future and focus on the use of Avatars in our lives. That is all I’m willing to disclose at this time!    

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

To be honest my biggest hurdle is time! I have three children, a home to maintain and am still working in my current career, so all of you mothers know what I’m talking about when I say I have to still time away to work on my novel and it’s not easy.  My goal is to someday generate enough income that I can write full time, but I’m not there yet. 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write about what you are passionate about and don’t rush it.  When you submit to publishers and they reject your work, don’t give up because someday they will regret it! Writing is a long and painful process, but if it is your dream you can make it become a reality.  There is nothing like holding your own book and seeing your picture on the back cover.   

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Passion From The Vine
Shannon Casey

Genre:  Erotic Romance

ISBN: 978-1-4918-2508-2  
ISBN: 978-1-4918-2509-9
ASIN: 2013918106

Number of pages: 188
Word Count:  55,045

Amazon   BN

Book Description:

Izzy, a woman shattered by the man who was supposed to protect and cherish her, sets out on a journey to mend her broken heart and discovers a passion greater than she had ever imagined. 

Valentino, a man driven to expand his family’s empire and bury his own tormented past, finds a desire that runs deeper than the vines he tends. 

Enthralled with each other, Izzy and Valentino want a real relationship but can’t let go of their painful pasts.  Izzy, seeks her independence while still trying to hold onto Valentino, but he will not settle for pieces of her love and halfhearted trust.  Will these two broken souls, who were brought together by fate and bound by an irresistible attraction, be strong enough to overcome their own insecurities and give love a chance. 

About the Author: 

Shannon Casey was born in Turlock, California, the second oldest of eight children.  Being the only girl she had to use her imagination to entertain herself.  She was also a tom boy who never let the fact that she was a girl slow her down.  She learned to ride horses better than the boys and practiced her hand at roping and barrel racing.  

She married her high school sweet heart during her senior year and became a mother at seventeen, but she didn’t let that slow her down.  Her daughter became her motivation to obtain her college degree and create a better life for them.  Shannon graduated from CSU Stanislaus in 1997 and soon after had her second daughter.  She went on to obtain two master degrees in psychology, two credentials and a private license. 

During her career as a psychologist she never gave up her dream of becoming an author, but as the years passed she never found the time to actually write.   Like most people, the daily grind and spending time with her children took precedence over her desire to create. 

Then she met her second husband, Corey Casey, through her older brother Anthony.  They married in March 2008.  When her son was born in July 2009 it was the perfect time for her to cut her hours to part time.  Corey inspired her to pick up her pen and write, telling her that she would never know unless she tried.   Since that time, she has written her first novel, traveled and found her creative outlet. 

Twitter: @Shannon79396996

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