You guys, I am blessed with the most awesome virtual assistant who happens to be a damn good writer. So good that I know she’ll soon enough leave me in the dust as her own writing career shoots skyward. But for now, I’m enjoying the benefits of a crackerjack helper. I interviewed Shauna about her latest release. It’s a completely different take on Charlie’s Angel. So help me welcome Shauna.
Q: You write sexy, fun books about tattooed men and angels. Quite the combo. How did that happen?
A: It was one of those things that I didn’t set out to do. The stories found me. I sat down to start a new project one day, not knowing exactly what I wanted to write, and just let myself free write what wanted to come. Well, what came was the pretty sexy prologue to Inked by an Angel, which ended with my hero, Jed, saying that infamous line, “The Angel made me do it.” I sat back, perplexed. “What angel?” I hadn’t intended that and didn’t quite know what to do with it. Well, after much thought, I eventually crafted an entire book, then an entire series, around that one line of dialogue, creating Michael my matchmaking angel.
As for the tattooed men, well, I knew early on that I didn’t want “traditional” heroes. I like ‘em with a little edge. So putting that first book in a tattoo parlor—with an angel at the helm no less—seemed like a lot of fun!
Q: Like mine, several of your books are based in Texas, what drew you to write your stories there?
A: Well, I grew up in Austin, so I am a Texas girl. It was very easy to write what I knew and loved. And I absolutely adore the Texas Hill Country. It’s where my parents live now and where I find the most peace, so more often than not I send my characters there. (Small tidbit: I do have one book that’s not a part of the Cupid Chronicles called Elvis is a Keeper that takes places 100% in the Hill Country with a female fishing guide heroine, and I built in real parts of the area including a historical marker commemorating an Indian massacre that fascinated me.)
Q: Your latest release, Charlie’s Angel, is based on a secondary character from another book. Why did you do that and can you tell us a little about that?
A: Ah, Charlie, Charlie! I knew I wanted to write a holiday novella, and when I went about choosing characters, instead of creating new ones, I decided to go back to some of my previous secondary people to see if I could revisit any to give them a happy-ever-after or, better yet, redeem them. And that’s exactly what I did. Charles Benson first shows up in Inked by an Angel as my heroine’s ex and he’s not the greatest. But there was just a little, tiny something not horrible about him, too. So, I took my poor, unsuspecting, uptight accountant boy and shook things up for him. And I had a blast doing it with just the perfect girl for him!
Miserable and unsettled in his predictable, suit-and-tie existence, Charles Benson, Jr. is finally waking up and realizing a few things.
He hates his life.
But instead of a change, he finds himself thrust deeper into the same ol’, same ol’, only worse.
Or is it?
Tattooed. Pierced. Outspoken. Fiercely sexy.
Jaded after being burned by an unreliable dreamer, she rolls her eyes at Charles’s uptight monkey suits and Polo shirts, even as she secretly craves the stability he represents . . . not to mention the unexplainable and explosive chemistry sizzling between them.
There’s only one thing stopping them. Each other.
Second chances . . .
Add to the mix an angel getting one last shot at Love Detail before moving up the ranks, and you could have a match made in Heaven . . . if they’d just get the hell out of the way.
Available now from Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/nqonco8
Shauna grew up an only child with two open and loving parents in Central Texas. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother to three awesome teenagers. She is the award-winning author of the Cupid Chronicles series, including the newly released Charlie’s Angel. Shauna is also a freelance editor and personal assistant to two NYT Bestselling authors. She loves all things sexy, sassy, and Gerard Butler.
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