Please help me welcome author Shannyn Schroeder to the blog today! She’s agreed to take the hot seat and answer a few questions so we can get to know her a little better. I’m excited to have her here and learn more about her and her latest release Hold Me Close.
After the interview check out her blurb and excerpt, and then enter her giveaway! The link is at the end of the post :)
Let’s get started…
Describe yourself using 5 words :)
Hardworking, stubborn, sarcastic, honest, loyal
What did you have for breakfast?
Egg whites (pretty boring, but at least a little healthy)
Maybe it’s boring, but sounds good to me. lol What’s your favorite holiday and why?
This one is tough – when I was younger, I loved Halloween. I dressed up all the way through college. But now, I’d say Christmas is my favorite because it’s such a special day with my kids.
Tell us your favorite part of the writing process.
Drafting. Sitting down and getting the words on the page the first time, without worrying about rules or plot or pacing is what I love. It’s the discovery of the characters that’s so much fun.
The first draft is always exciting! I love choosing my character names. How did you go about choosing your hero and heroine’s names?
My heroine is a secondary character that first appeared in More Than This (O’Learys #1). When I named all of the O’Leary siblings, I looked for nice Irish names that would sound good with O’Leary. I can’t really remember how I came up with Shane’s name.
I usually look at baby name web sites and I do have a character-naming book that I use. I often look at the meanings of names before choosing them. Then I make sure they sound good together.
Your process is similar to mine. Love it :) How come you write the genre you do?
After writing my first two manuscripts (which will probably remain on my hard drive forever), I discovered my writer’s voice. Those first two books were romantic suspense. I love to read romantic suspense, but even as I wrote them, I knew they weren’t suspense-y enough. Then I had the idea for More Than This (O’Learys #1), which was clearly contemporary romance. I started reading the genre and fell in love with romance all over again. I found that contemporary romance is where my writer’s voice lies. Plus, I’m a sucker for the happy ending for regular people.
If you could tweet us your favorite line in your book, what would it be? (Yep, you get 140 characters)
“It’s your charm that usually lands you in the most trouble.” – Shane Callahan
Describe your hero through your heroine’s eyes.
Strong, dependable, comfortable
What three words best describe your heroine?
Feisty, determined, lost
Do you have a writing ritual…do you wear a lucky pair of socks, drink a certain drink, light a candle…or do you just go with the flow?
I have my preferences – to be at my desk, with a Diet Coke, facing my collage inspiration board and listening to my soundtrack. However, because I have three kids, I’ve learned to write wherever, whenever I have time.
I’ve yet to try a collage board. I think that’s mainly because I don’t write in my office but on my couch in the living room. It’s all for the view. lol Why should we read your book?
My books about falling in love and dealing with family and figuring out who you are —very normal things for normal people. Hold Me Close is no exception. It’s about two people figuring out how right they are for each other.
What’s your favorite part of any book to write…beginning, middle, or the end?
Although there’s not much sweeter than getting the last word typed (especially under deadline), I love the beginning of books because all the possibilities lie ahead.
Care to share with us what you have coming up?
Hold Me Close marks the end of the O’Leary series. Later this year, I have a trilogy of novellas releasing under my Hot & Nerdy new adult series. Then, next summer (yeah, you have to wait a whole year for a novel), a new series will start. The For Your Love series will be about the O’Malley family who were introduced in Catch Your Breath (O’Learys #4). Under Your Skin will be the first book, releasing next July in both print and mass market print.
Hold Me Close
The O’Leary’s #6
By: Shannyn Schroeder
Releasing July 21, 2015
Leave it to the O’Learys to make romance a family affair…
Maggie O’Leary is finally coming home to Chicago. After more than a year in Ireland, she’s ready to make a plan for her future. But first, she’ll have to confront the tragedy that scarred her so deeply. Asking for a job in the family bar is the first step, and it’s one her family isn’t entirely happy about. At least Shane Callahan, her best friend in the world, is behind her a hundred percent. He’s also a hundred percent more lovable than she remembered…
Shane is determined to keep Maggie safe, even if it means working three jobs and giving up sleep to be around during her shifts at the bar. But when Maggie boldly tells him she needs more than a loyal friend now, Shane knows a single night together won’t be possible. The idea of spirited Maggie in his bed is electrifying, but will she believe he wants to give her his heart, too?
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/05/hold-me-close-olearys-6-by-shannyn.html
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/118304-the-o-learys
This was what life was supposed to be. Shane settled back into the couch with Maggie curled up next to him to watch TV like they had hundreds of times over the years. For the past few days, he’d been torn up knowing she was angry. Knowing they were in the same city without talking every day felt weird. They’d talked almost every day when she was halfway around the world.
He probably should’ve felt bad for throwing Ryan under the bus, but he didn’t. If Maggie knew this was all Shane’s idea, she might figure out how to stay mad. He needed to be in her corner, and she wouldn’t believe that if she knew the truth.
Maggie finished a second piece of pizza and stood. “You want something? Moira brought beer.”
He twitched. Although he drank, he never did with Maggie. He always figured that if she wasn’t drinking, it made her uncomfortable. “You sure?”
“Yeah, I’m sure she brought it. I put it in the fridge myself.” She looked at him like he was crazy.
“No. Are you sure it won’t bother you?”
“Why would it?”
He shifted forward and put the laptop back on the table. “Because you don’t drink.”
She continued to stare at him and her head tilted. “I choose not to drink because I don’t like to feel out of control.” She bit down on her bottom lip. “The last time I lost control like that, it didn’t end well. But it doesn’t bother me to be around people who drink. Shit. My whole family drinks. I work at a bar.”
Her eyes popped wide and she sank back to the couch. “You never drink around me. Why did I not realize that before?”
“Because it’s not important.”
“Yeah, it is.” She reached out and stroked his jaw. “You gave up drinking so I wouldn’t get upset. You’re the best kind of friend.”
With her hand on his face like that, he had a hard time keeping his thoughts friendly. “Don’t go overboard. I didn’t give up drinking altogether, just in front of you.”
“It’s still sweet.” She rose and went to the kitchen. When she came back, she held out a bottle of beer.
He accepted and said, “Thanks,” as he twisted the cap off.
Maggie sat and watched as he drank from the bottle.
“Ready for another show?”
She nodded and snuggled beside him again. If this was all he’d get out of life, he’d be happy. Maggie was safe and with him. At some point he might even be able to make a move to change their relationship. Every time he considered it, something stood in his way. At first, it was other guys. As a teen, she was rarely without a boyfriend. Then she’d been raped, and his greatest fear was that he would lose her, that she wouldn’t want to be near him because he hadn’t stopped it from happening. And then just as they seemed to be moving in that direction, she took off to Europe.
Part of him wanted to grab her and kiss her and tell her she’d always be safe with him.
But it would freak her out. She was still battling her demons. So he would wait until she was ready. He would have only one shot and he couldn’t afford to blow it.
Maggie was shoving at his shoulder, and he squinted at her. Damn. He’d fallen asleep.
“I would let you stay asleep, but this is my bed.”
He pushed forward. “What?” He rubbed his eyes.
“I don’t have a bed yet. I’m going shopping tomorrow. Until then, this is my bed.” She pointed at the couch.
“Why did you move if you don’t have furniture?”
She lifted a shoulder. “Anxious, I guess.”
He stood and stretched. “Sorry I fell asleep. Guess I was more tired than I thought.” He took his empty beer bottle to the kitchen. “Trash can?”
“On the shopping list for tomorrow.”
He shook his head. The girl hadn’t planned for anything. “I have a queen-sized bed. You’re welcome to share it with me.”
She chewed her lip again. “No, that’s okay. I’ll be fine here.”
He rolled his shoulders. They’d often crashed together, always fully clothed, a safe distance between them. The first time, they’d still been in high school, and he’d thought for sure the O’Learys were going to skin him. He and Maggie had studied late for finals and fell asleep. After that, it had been normal.
In fact, the one thing that told him they were okay after the rape was that she’d asked him to stay with her one night.
“You know where to find me if you change your mind.” He let himself out of her apartment and walked next door.
Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.
*Shannyn is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a $10.00 Amazon or B&N eGift Card, a Backlist O’Leary’s Romance and Three Keeper Kases (US Resident’s Only)*