This month, I’d like to introduce you all to author Shelley Wilson, who I recently met up with at The Third Annual Bloggers Bash. Over to you, Shelley…
I’d just like to say a huge thank you to Hugh for allowing me to invade his lovely blog. I promise to behave myself!
What’s the name of the book?
My new release is called Oath Breaker and is snuggled in the young adult (YA), horror, occult, and supernatural categories.
What inspired you to write it?
It was my daughter who prompted me to write a book about werewolves. I was helping her with her creative writing homework where she had to look at adapting a well-known fairy tale, and I suggested that she turn Little Red Riding Hood into a werewolf hunter. She went in another direction with her project, but I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. It evolved from that point.
How long did it take you to write it?
It took me approximately two months to write the first draft. My speedy productivity is down to my love of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I’ve joined in with this online competition for the past four years and have so far produced the first draft of three fiction novels, and finished off a non-fiction title which is due out later this year.
Tell us a little about the story and the characters.
The story is set in Nottinghamshire (Sherwood Forest to be exact), and centres on a school for werewolf hunters. The all-female student population train hard and take a hunters’ oath to rid the world of shifters. The main character, Mia, feels utterly out of place and struggles to find her footing. Coming from a violent family background, she is searching for a place to belong and believes that’s with her brother, Zak who she hasn’t seen for nine years. Over the course of the book, Mia builds friendships, falls in love, and discovers a whole host of secrets, lies, and shocking discoveries that test her limits and threatens to shatter everything she believes about family.
Who do you think the book will appeal to?
It was written with my fourteen-year-old daughter in mind, as were the books in my Guardians trilogy, however, I have a YA Facebook page that contains a mixed audience (the majority are aged 18-35). I also seem to have a fan base of age 50+ readers. That’s the beauty of YA books; you don’t have to be a teenager to read and enjoy them. I’ve been an avid YA fantasy fan for many years, and I’m…well, let’s just say I’m 16 and 348 months!
Regarding the topic, my publisher, BHC Press slotted it into horror, the occult, and supernatural which surprised me at first as I had it pegged as a fantasy. On reflection, I think it’s quite a nice fit and seems to be appealing to a more varied audience.
Do you have any plans for a follow-up book?
I didn’t intend to write a follow-up, but when my lovely editor was working her magic on my draft, she kept pointing out all the reasons why I needed to write a sequel. So, watch this space!
Where can people buy the book?
It’s available to buy in eBook and paperback format from various platforms such as Apple, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. All the purchase links can be found on my publisher’s website (http://www.bhcpress.com/Books_Wilson_Oath_Breaker.html)
How long have you been writing?
I started writing short stories when I was about eight years old. I first saw my name in print when I was thirteen after my ‘Letter to the Editor’ was published in Jackie Magazine. I went on to have smaller stories, fillers, and letters published as well as appearing in numerous magazine features. When I was in my late twenties, I got married and had my kids, so life took over. In 2004 I got divorced, and as part of my self-recovery and self-discovery, I started writing again. I published my first book in 2014.
Where do your ideas for your books come from?
My non-fiction books are based on issues I faced personally, or have dealt with as a therapist running my holistic health spa. They are all very straightforward and logical.
My fictional ideas, on the other hand, can hit me in the most random of ways. The idea behind my Guardians trilogy began with a photograph in a magazine of a tombstone with three hooded figures.
What do you think the future holds for you and your books, or what plans do have for future books?
I have a non-fiction book release scheduled for September 2017 which I am looking forward to sharing. How I Motivated Myself to Succeed is a sequel-that’s-not-a-sequel to my bestselling book, How I Changed My Life in a Year which attracted the attention of Penguin Random House last year.
I’m also writing a meditation for children book and working on another YA fiction novel. I try to produce two books a year whenever possible.
What does blogging mean to you?
I love the blogging and writing community and have made some fabulous new friends who offer support and encouragement. It’s so important to blog when you are a writer as this gives you a platform to not only share your own work (in small doses!), but it also allows you to interact with a wider audience of writers’ and readers’ who love to engage in the content you produce. Sharing the work of fellow authors both indie and traditionally published is a joy, and I hope to continue blogging and writing for many years to come.
Thank you once again, Hugh. I’ve had so much fun answering your questions, and I do hope your followers enjoy reading more about me and my little portion of the world.
If you have any questions for Shelley, then please leave them in the comments section, and she’ll come back to you as soon as she can.
Bio: Shelley Wilson
Hi! I’m Shelley. I’m an author, blogger, and a book/blog coach. My writing life is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde story as I write for two genres that are at opposite ends of the spectrum.
My sensible and professional self-writes non-fiction books for the self-help and personal development genre. Whereas my cheeky and playful side loves to write young adult fantasy fiction.
I also write a book blog where I share reviews, author interviews, and anything to do with writing, reading, and book related events. As well as a personal development blog about well-being, inspiration, divorce, holistic health, and happiness.
I’m a single mum to three teenagers, a very old goldfish, and a crazy black cat called Luna. My favourite things (apart from my children) are vampires, fantasy and sci-fi, Tudor history, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Netflix marathons. I love visiting historic sites and can be quite excitable around a castle ruin.
I’m tall which seems to surprise people when I meet them! I often hear, “you’re much taller than your profile picture!”
I try to find the silver lining in every situation, and this mindset has got me through some very tough moments.
Connect With Shelley
Author, Blogger, Book/Blog Coach
Website: www. shelleywilsonauthor.co.uk
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shelley-Wilson/e/B00G5KPMJI
WINNER of Most Inspirational Blog Award 2016
Second Place Winner for Most Inspirational Blog Award 2017
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