Join us in welcoming multi-published author, Shawna Hill as she shares information about her characters and introduces us to a couple of her novels. Take it away Shawna…
I’ve been asked on many occasions, which character best depicts me in my books. My answer? All of them are a part of me. I absolutely love all of my characters; even the ones that people have come to love to hate. When I first began writing In Between Lies in 2003, I had this idea in mind that it would be one of those sweet, kind of sappy romances like the ones I grew up reading. It turned out to be everything but that.
Every aspect of my personality had been shaped and reshaped over the years while I wrote In Between Lies and parts of it were brought to life in this book. Of course, I fictionalized all of it, none of it is true, but there is a hint of reality in each character that a lot of people can identify with. To give you a heads up there are many traits and personalities that you will meet along the way. For example, character types you will meet are:
- A diva
- A player
- Sidekick best friends for both lead characters that are quick witted and fast with the comebacks – they also can play devils advocates
- A couple that want to find love
Now mix that with personality traits such as:
- Jealousy, rage, suspiciousness, greed, conceitedness, patience, captivating, alluring, charming, clever, direct, focused, and more and you have an explosive recipe for drama, romance, intrigue, suspense…and edge of your seat ride!
After years of off and on life experiences, writing, editing, tearing down and re-writing again, the end result was, In Between Lies with Intimate Illusions to follow up. I never had any intention of writing what has now become a series, but people loved the books so much, and loved to hate a particular character (who single handedly took over the series), so much so that they wanted more….and more. I’m now working on the 3rd installment, The Ladies Club, which is slated to be released by the end of June 2013.
Honestly, I have to say that the main character, Savannah had a hard time holding on to the lead part in the both books and some will argue that she isn’t the main character. There are 3 main characters instead of one and each one is as important as the next. The romance is steamy and hot as expected and tensions build very quickly with each turn of the page.
When it comes to writing, you always hear “write what you would want to read,” well I have to say that I am not a drama person with a dramatic life and I usually stay clear from such, but evidently, my imagination and characters think otherwise.
Here is the blurb from In Between Lies:
Starting the car, he remembered how her breathing had become rapid when he moved towards her. He saw the light in her eyes as she looked at him. He knew all it took was just a matter of time. Time that he’d decided was worth waiting through. There was something about Savannah that drew him, and he intended to find out what it was and if it was more than just a lust-filled attraction. As he was quickly tiring from late night visits to his “friends” to fulfill his needs, he admittedly hoped that it was more than lust when it came to her.
An excerpt from In Between Lies:
Savannah gathered her thoughts, pushing aside Kevin and what she could remember from last night, when she heard a clanging noise coming from the kitchen area. Realizing that she was only wearing her bra and panties, she reached for her robe. Her purple silk camisole and pants that she usually wore to bed hung over the back of her chair. She grabbed an old golf club that she never used from the corner of her closet and headed down the hall towards the sound. Her heart pounded furiously as she got closer. Jumping around the corner to catch her intruder, she screamed. Hands in the air she began swinging the club at whatever moved. Take care of business now and ask questions later.
A wild mass of hair ran towards him, screaming and swinging uncontrollably. “Hey!! Hey!! Hold it! It’s me!” he tried to grab the club from her. Missing her aim a couple of times, one finally landed in his side. He snatched the club and fell back into the counter. Holding his side, he yelled once more. “Savannah!”
“Kevin? What are you doing in my house? Who let you in here?” She pushed her hair from her face and closed her gaping robe.
“You did.” He winced in pain and bit his tongue in anger. “I think you broke my rib.”
“Why the hell would I let a man I just met into my house?” She looked around the kitchen, making sure everything was still in place. Her attention then turned to the living room where most of her valuables sat. The beige, earth toned cathedral ceilings boasted a mural that housed art that would stir envy in the best of collectors; two Picasso’s and a one of a kind Van Gogh. Along the other walls and tables, an assortment of African art displayed her taste in the exotic.
She finally realized that he was standing in her kitchen in what appeared to be boxer shorts and socks. “Why are you undressed? Where are your clothes?” Rubbing her forehead she took a seat. “I want you to please explain to me what you are doing in my house practically naked, then I want you to leave.”
“Well it was obvious that you were drunk last night when I offered to bring you home. So I followed you to make sure you got here safely.” He walked over to her and placed a cup of steaming hot black coffee before her.
All anger aside, she gazed at his body from foot to head and back down again, drinking in his essence. Chills hit her once again. His smooth brown chest rose as he breathed and spoke, then narrowed down to his torso; perfection in the making. She was mesmerized, pushing all angry thoughts to the back crevices of her mind. The strength of his long legs flexed with each step he took towards her. Her only action was to admire his beauty.
“I felt it was my responsibility to make sure you got home since you were in my club.”
Snapping back to reality once his low voice stopped, she eyed the coffee wearily then sipped it. “That does not explain why you are not dressed and why you are still here. Thanks, though, for caring.” She clasped her robe around her neck and asked, “Did you undress me?”
“Yes, but let me explain.” Her mouth flew open. He held up his hand to silence her before she bombarded him with what he knew would be emotionally slicing words.
In Between Lies:
Buy it now: Amazon
Also by Shawna Hill
Buy it now: Amazon
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: an autographed copy of each – In Between Lies and Intimate Illusions to 2 lucky winners OR an ebook copy of each (winner’s choice).
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Deadline to enter: June 15, 2012 @ midnight EST. Winners will be notified via email, and their names will appear in the comments section below on June 17th.
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About the Author:
Shawna Hill was born and raised in Columbus, Oh. At a very early age, she found her love of books and other worlds in her weekly visits to the library with her great grandmother, whom she credits to sparking her imagination and love for the craft. Her very first book which was her own crafty creation, was written and illustrated on scraping paper and bound with yarn at the age of 8, thus from that point on, she knew she wanted to write and share her talents and worlds with others. Shawna holds a MS in Marketing/Communications and works full time with a marketing firm during the day. She is also a mother of 2 children, a teen daughter and a 7 year old son. Her hobbies are reading, writing, watching lifetime movies, and gaming on her Xbox/PC with her family and boyfriend when time permits.