Shannon Donnelly is the author of fifteen books, four novella, several stories, and computer games. Her writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA’s Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.”
Her Regency romances can be found as ebooks on all formats, and with Cool Gus Publishing, and include a series of four novellas.
She also has out the Mackenzie Solomon, Demon/Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers. Her work has been on the top seller list of Amazon.com and includes Paths of Desire, a Historical Regency romance.
She lives in New Mexico with two horses, two donkeys, two dogs, and only one love of her life. Shannon can be found online at sd-writer.com, facebook.com/sdwriter, and twitter/sdwriter.
What inspires you to write?
There’s nothing better than when the characters take off and it’s more like taking dictation of their conversations.
Tell us about your writing process.
It’s not so much a process as a ritual. I like to have something warm in my hands–coffee or tea. And music on–it has to be something, too, that I’ve played to the point of it turning into white noise, and be something that pulls out the right feeling or mood for the book (light or dark). I do like to have a sense of knowing where I’m going–even a rough synopsis can save you pages and pages of rewrite. But I do think the characters need to be able to surprise you.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Mostly it’s my characters talking to me–there’s a party going on sometimes and the only time that’s a problem is when I really, really need to get some sleep instead.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write about what matters to you–if it doens’t matter to you, it won’t matter to anyone else, either.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I first sold back in 1999, when the only self-publishing was really vanity press. Thank heavens all that has changed. My publisher stopped publishing Regency romances, and so I wasn’t sure what to do next. But the world does keep changing. I came out with those books as self-published just to get them back into reader’s hands, but it’s hard to do everything yourself. That’s when I started to look at small press publishers, and after talking with Cool Gus Publishing, we did a deal for them to continue with my Regency romances and bring out new books. Now it’s the best of both worlds with some self-published and some books with Cool Gus. I love the options that writers have now.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
If I knew the future, I’d be making a lot more money. I think the only thing we can all bet on is that change will continue to happen, and it’ll all keep moving faster.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Romance: Historical, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print