I’m super -excited to bring this new feature to the website, and I hope it develops into a weekly Quirky-fest. And I can think of no-better person to start the Three-Ways than today’s spotlight author– a Quirky, fascinating chic. I love her blog, and if you do one thing, check it out and subscribe to her posts. You won’t regret it!
Super Secret Writer Identity: Shéa MacLeod
Even Super Secreter Location: London
Quirky Factor: SEVERE
Random Deets: I love Fluffernutter sandwiches, Brazilian dancing, and Spock.
Best book/Worst book Picks: Best book I’ve ever read… There are three that come to mind. My all-time fave is Stephen King’s The Stand. I’ve read the unabridged ridiculously long version more than once. I love it with all my heart. The Passage by Justin Cronin was incredibly amazing. It had all the horror and great story telling of King, but with more beautiful language (As Cronin is a literary writer.). Sometimes the literary-ness of it all did get in the way of the story telling, which is why I think King is better. Keep it simple. And now here’s one out of the ballpark: Dara Joy’s Ritual of Proof. Talk about controversy! A planet where women rule and men are treated much like the women of Edwardian England? Huzzah! I won’t say it was the best written book ever, but it was audacious.
Being an Indie Writer in London vs. an Indie Writer in America: I think that being indie is LESS respected in the UK, if you can imagine. But I have a lot of chutzpah, so I pull it off. lol I do find the surroundings very inspiring. There’s so much history and it’s so OLD.
Are you working on a new book? A sequel (to the one featured below)? When can we expect to see more? YES! The second book in the Sunwalker Saga, Kissed by Fire, is off to the editor. You’ll be able to read the further adventures of Morgan Bailey (This time in London. With DRAGONS!) sometime in August 2011. I’ve got three WIPs in the works. One’s the third Sunwalker book, and the other two are unrelated series.
Addicted to any TV shows? Totally. I’m a major TV addict. I’m addicted to all the CSIs, NCISs, Criminal Minds. And Bones! I’m peeved beyond imagining that Stargate Universe was cancelled, though I’m keen to try out this new show, Falling Skies. Everything’s better with aliens.
Pets, real or make-believe? Does a Guardian Angel named Bob count?
What’s the view from your window? A leafy street lined with Edwardian period houses.
Do you write on a schedule? When the mood strikes? I admit to not being terribly good with schedules. I write much better if I’m in the mood. That said, I make a point of sitting down and writing at least five times per week. Even if I only slog out a few words.
Did you celebrate the publication of your first novel? How? Hells yes! I drank port and ate Charbonnel et Walker Pink Champagne Truffles from Selfridges. Holy moly. Then I called/emailed anyone and everyone I ever met. Then I had a BBQ at a friend’s house. And drinks at the pub. Um, yeah, I celebrated! lol
(And just so you can put a face to the name, here’s Shea, looking all Mysterious and Writerly.)
Kissed by Darkness, Book One in the Sunwalker Saga
THE BLURB: Danger is always on the menu for Morgan Bailey, a sexy and street-smart bounty hunter, who prowls the dark underworld of Portland, Oregon hunting creatures of the night. Morgan’s never met a vampire she couldn’t dust or a demon she couldn’t kill until she’s hired to destroy a new kind of mystical threat: the Sunwalker.
A powerful immortal once believed myth, the Sunwalker carries with him an ancient secret which, if left unchecked, will destroy Morgan’s world. Pursued by a passionate Templar Knight and the target of the local vampire clans, an ancient power is awakened within her, unlike anything she’s ever known. Morgan must uncover the truth behind her mission and about herself, before the Darkness lurking inside swallows her whole.
Random Thoughts of Awesome from Shea:
Yeah, don’t have any. But there are a few things I’ve learned in life. Important stuff I think you all should know. Probably your life will be incomplete if you don’t know these things.
1. Never say “fanny” in the UK. Trust me on this. It does NOT mean butt.
2. Photographs of Paris look way cooler if you use the grayscale setting on your camera. Even if you’re a crap photographer.
3. Richard Hatch made a better Apollo than Jamie Bamber. I should know. I was in love with Apollo. I was six. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, shame on you. You are out of the geek club.)
4. Even numbered Trek films don’t suck.
5. Agatha Christie was a flipping genius. Every author should have to study her in depth before ever putting pen to paper.
6. Not all food in Rome is good. However the wine makes everything go down easier.
7. Never, ever wish your life was more exciting. You might just get what you wished for.
8. Everything’s better with dragons.
Thanks for checking out THREE-WAYS THURSDAYS! I hope you’ll come back next week for our next victim, er, I mean Author.
And thanks to the Fabulous Shéa MacLeod for stopping by!