So, shame on me. I haven’t done an Evolution Thursday in a while. Lucky for me, today is Thursday. And Shawna Romkey hasn’t been a guest yet. AND she has a book coming out next week. It’s like the perfect storm of blogginess! If you haven’t met Shawna Romkey yet, here’s a bit about her.
She grew up in around farms in the heart of Missouri but went to the University of Kansas, was raised in the US but now lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, two rescue dogs and one overgrown puppy from hell. She’s a non-conformist who follows her heart.
She has her BA in creative writing from the University of Kansas where one of her plays was chosen by her creative writing professor to be produced locally, and two of her short stories were published in a university creative arts handbook. She earned her MA in English from Central Missouri State University where she wrote a novel as her thesis.
She’s taught English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to stay the same. She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters.
WSR: What gave you the idea for your novel?
SR: Three of my friends were killed in a car accident in high school. I think trying to come to terms with that and come up with a reason for such a tragedy had a lot to do with it. I was also supposed to be in the car with them when it happened, but had to work, so like Lily in Speak of the Devil, I had survivor’s guilt to deal with on top of the grief and mourning.
WSR: Do you recall the first scene you wrote?
SR: I write from start to finish but the first scene I wrote didn’t make the cut. I wrote the beginning of the book as if Lily got a phone call that her friends were killed. It was too passive and not a strong enough beginning, so I decided to kill her off in the first chapter and that seems to have been a good choice for a more dramatic opening to the book.
WSR: Were there any scenes that you loved but ended up cutting?
SR: No. If I loved it, they stayed. If they were cut, they needed to be.
WSR: I usually have an a-ha moment, where an insignificant detail becomes something really important. Did you have a moment like that? Will it spoil the plot to tell me what it was?
SR: I had several and they would :p. I can tell you that one thing that was used at the end of the book, a mirror, became a huge symbol and plot device for the next book in the series.
WSR: Are you surprised where the story took you? Or if ended up where you planned, were you surprised how you got there?
SR: I was surprised by several things that happened. I had an outline of where it started and where I wanted it to go, but the characters threw me several curve balls as I was writing, taking the story places I hadn’t imagined when I started out.
WSR: What story idea is sitting in the class right now, raising his hand madly, begging you to call on him?
SR: I’m polishing the second book in the series and preparing to send it out. There’s another one after that. Then I have an idea I got when I was in Greece last summer that deals with the Oracle of Delphi. But she has to wait until I’m done with angels and demons. 🙂
WSR: Thanks for visiting me today, Shawna.
SR: Thanks for having me, Wendy!
Speak of the Devil
Releases March 15, 2013
Print Copy is available NOW on Amazon
What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?
After dying in a car accident with her two best friends, Lily miraculously awakens to grief and guilt. She escapes to her dad’s to come to terms with the event and meets some people at her new school who seem all too eager to help her heal. Sliding deeper into sorrow and trying to fight her feelings for two of them, she finds out who…what they really are and that they are falling too.
Can she find the strength to move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, find a way to stop a divine war with fallen angels, and still pass the eleventh grade?
Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a book on my iPad that needs reading. Shawna Romkey’s tour takes off on the 11th. Bookmark her site, for there will soon be details of tour stops and Easter Eggs.