Happy Monday, gang! I’d like to kick off the Fall Into (Urban) Fantasy Event with the awesome Sandy Williams! Sandy’s here to talk about her upcoming novel, The Shadow Reader, and there’s also a copy up for grabs, so make sure to see the details at the end of the post. Don’t forget to click on the event button on the post or the sidebar to check out everything Vampire Book Club and I have got lined up for you over the next week!
Please welcome Sandy to the blog!
Sandy, you’ve got an MA in Library Science, which would seem to naturally lend itself to writing. Have you always been writing? When did you realize you’d like to try your hand at fiction?
I’ve been writing my whole life, but I never dreamed I could grow up and become a published author. Authors were celebrities, and I was just a girl making up stories. In fact, I’m not sure I would have ever tried to get published if it wasn’t for the internet. That’s how I learned that authors are real people, and that I, too, could write for a living. I researched the industry and wrote as much as I could while I pursued my MA in Library Science, my backup plan and standby dream job if the published author thing didn’t work out. I still work as a librarian on occasion, filling in for people when they’re sick or on vacation. I love being both a writer and a librarian!
Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming urban fantasy, The Shadow Reader?
Sure! The book is about McKenzie Lewis, a human who is not only able to see the fae, but she can track them when they fissure (teleport) from one location to another. Shadow-reading is an extremely rare talent, and it’s an important one. McKenzie has been working for the Court for a decade, tracking down the rebels who want to overthrow the king, but now, one of those rebels has tracked down her. He’s determined to turn McKenzie against the Court. She’s determined to stay loyal and to escape the fae who’s causing a bloody civil war.
Are there already a certain number of books planned for the series, or will you just see where it takes you?
I don’t have a planned number of books for the series, but I love the world and the characters and wouldn’t mind hanging out with them for a few more books.
Who are some of your favorite authors or books?
Ooh, my favorite question! I constantly gush about Linnea Sinclair. She writes the perfect blend of science fiction and romance. Recently, I’ve become a huge fan of historical romance and Meredith Duran, Joanna Bourne, and Julia Quinn are my absolute favorites. For urban fantasy/paranormal, you can’t go wrong with Patricia Briggs, Ann Aguirre, Richelle Mead, and Kresley Cole. Oh, and I might add debut UF author, Jenn Bennett, to that list!
What’s on your nightstand right now?
Ha! EAT, SLEEP, POOP by Scott Cohen. I had twin boys in July and most of my reading these past couple of months has been baby oriented. I did, however, find time to read Jenn Bennett’s debut, KINDLING THE MOON. Loved it! Highly recommend!
If you could pack your bags and go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
London. In the last three years, my husband’s work sent him over there for months at a time and I hid in his suitcase and went with him! I absolutely love London and miss walking through the city. Plus, the last time we were there, our flat was right across the street from Windsor Castle (which isn’t in London, but close enough). That trip was great for my muse.
I imagine balancing taking care of the babies and writing is difficult. When you get a moment to yourself, how do you like to unwind?
A glass of wine (pinot grigio please!) and a Eurogame. I’m a huge fan of Dominion and Agricola.
Is there any other news of upcoming events or projects that you’d like to dish about?
I have my hands full with my boys right now, so every spare moment I have is dedicated to finishing up the sequel to The Shadow Reader. Next year, though, I’d like to find time to write an unrelated book – a science fiction romance, most likely – in addition to another book set in McKenzie’s world.
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About the book:
A Houston college student, McKenzie Lewis can track fae by reading the shadows they leave behind. For years she has been working for the fae King, tracking rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn’t her only secret. She’s in love with Kyol, the King’s sword-master-but human and fae relationships are forbidden. When McKenzie is captured by Aren, the fierce rebel leader, she learns that not everything is as she thought. And McKenzie must decide who to trust and where she stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.
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