Shannon Mayer has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her newest release, Dark Isle.
About The Author:
Reading and writing from a very young age I learned early on that stories built in a fantasy world were where the fun was at. Reading books by Robert Jordan spurred me on and it was the first real epic fantasy that I fell in love with. After that came Piers Anthony, Melanie Rawn and into my older teen years, Anne Rice.
It was in Rice's novels that the idea of urban fantasy really bloomed for me and it was about that time that my grandmother was letting me read her Harlequin Historical novels. (Okay, actually she was slipping them to me when my mother wasn't looking, but let's not get picky.)
The combination of love stories and darker fantasy stuck with me and it's now not only what I gravitate towards to read on my off time (Kelly Armstrong, Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison), but has become the style I love to write in.
Besides writing, I love to spend time with my family and animals, horseback ride, garden and hike with my husband.
When Lucy asked me to write about my inspiration to become a writer, I had to really sit down and mull that over. I mean, really, really consider it. I’ve been a reader my whole life, reading books way outside my supposed ability since I was 9 (thanks mom!). That, I think, was the start of my love with words, and diving into worlds others had created.
So it would seem that somewhere along that path of reading, I developed a healthy taste for wanting to create my own worlds, and my own (hopefully) unforgettable characters. It wasn’t until I was in my later twenties that I decided to actually write with the intention of being published, that I TRULY began to understand what it was going to take. It was at that point my inspiration shifted.
You see, I’m self employed in my day job as a Farrier. *Noun- A person who shoes horses for a living AKA blacksmith, shoer, horseshoer* My job is great, except that it is very physical, so much so that one could not, say for example, be pregnant and continue to work safely. So the writing suddenly took on new meaning.
Maternity leave. I knew that I could write (I’d even landed an agent that I later let go) but would it be enough for me to still have an income while we raised a family? The short answer is yes, it has to, because for me now, the inspiration to write comes from a deep desire to be a mom.
Thanks Lucy for letting me be a part of your blog today, and to share my reasons for writing!
Author: Shannon Mayer
Publication Date: July 8, 2012
When evil begets evil, a choice is forced on Quinn, the one person who can see the danger. Does she save the ones she loves, or does she save the world from Chaos?
As the realms of Fae and human collide, Quinn's future has never looked so grim, or so damn impossible.
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Happy reading until next time!