Monday, June 9, 2014

A Day In The Life (Of A Writer): Shelley Munro

My guest today is friend and author Shelley Munro. Her latest book, Captured & Seduced, was just released.

Being a fan of SFR and race horses, the combination had me squeeing with joy. And the hawt hunk on her cover sure captured my attention.

I sat down with Shelley to talk about her writing process, her latest book, and her seductive feline shapeshifting hero, Ryman. ::purrs::

So Shelley, what is your typical day like? Do you try to keep to a writing schedule?

My typical day is fairly boring, especially at the moment because I’m pushing to get a new book done before hubby and I head off on holiday. I usually crawl out of bed at the same time as hubby and we walk our dog together. It’s a nice way to start the day. If I want to write a lot and fast, I’ll work at one of my favorite cafes and write for the morning. Afternoons are full of administration stuff, edits and more writing if I don’t complete my word count during the morning.

I function better if I exercise, so depending on the weather, I go for a bike ride or take our dog for a long walk in the afternoon too.

Evenings are taken up with more promo and keeping up with loops, blogs and social media. Life as a full-time writer takes more hours than I ever used to work at my administration job.

What sparked your imagination and made you write this particular book?

I wrote this book several years ago with an eye to getting an agent, but no one was ready for sci-fi romance with alien race horses. My prospective agent wasn’t interested. I have always loved sci-fi romance, and I found a home for this book. When an opportunity came to regain the rights, I jumped at the chance since I’ve always wanted to make this book into a series.

During the writing of this book I chucked in all the elements I like—shapeshifters, aliens, space ships. My husband used to have an interest in race horses, so I tossed in a form of alien horses and the book practically wrote itself.

I’m working on book two—Claimed & Seduced—right now and having a ball. I love making stuff up.

Can you tell us a little about the chemistry between your hero and heroine?

Ryman Coppersmith, my hero, was adopted and knows nothing of his background. The fact that he’s a feline shapeshifter comes as a huge shock, and he’s dealing with the strange facets of his heritage as they surface. He takes one look at Camryn and his feline nature goes berserk. At the start of the book they’re both confused about their attraction to one another. Camryn panics and tries to push him away, while Ry can’t seem to give her space. He needs her to train their hell-horse, and he craves her presence in his life. It’s fun watching the two circle each other and give into their desire.

Ooh, this book sounds too good to pass up. My Nook will be happy. :)
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About the author:
Shelley Munro is tall and curvaceous with blue eyes and a smile that turns masculine heads everywhere she goes. She’s a university tutor and an explorer/treasure hunter during her vacations. Skilled with weapons and combat, she is currently in talks with a producer about a television series based on her world adventures.

Shelley is also a writer blessed with a VERY vivid imagination and lives with her own hero in New Zealand. She writes mainly erotic romance in the contemporary, paranormal and historical genres for publishers Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing and has also self-published several titles. You can learn more about Shelley and her books at her website and you might even find her lurking at Facebook or Twitter. 

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Mary Kirkland said...

Hey look, it's my two favorite authors on the same blog. :) Love this book, Shelley. So glad you got inspired to write an alien race horse story, it really worked for me.

Cassandra said...

Aww, thank you, Mary. Isn't this story the neatest thing? Hawt too! :D

N.J.Walters said...

I love your imagination, Shelley. Great interview.

Mary Kirkland said...

Oh definitely. I loved it.

Shelley Munro said...

Thanks, Mary. I'm hard at work on the next book. :)

Shelley Munro said...

Thanks, CeCe. It was so much fun writing this story, but I think I scared the agent. *grin*

Shelley Munro said...

Thanks, NJ. I enjoy the way your imagination goes too. :)

Kate Pearce said...

You know I love SFR so much that I had to start writing it! I'm going to enjoy this one immensely. :) Great interview ladies!

Shelley Munro said...

Thanks, Kate :)