It’s that time of the week again, time for another guest interview. It’s my very great pleasure to introduce debut novelist, Shelly Bell, who’s first novel came out on January 31. Make sure you read all the way to the end to see the details of her fabulous giveaway! (Yes, I automatically disqualify myself and trust me, I wish I didn’t).
I began writing a paranormal romance February of 2011 and stopped a couple of months later to write A Year to Remember. Currently, I’m back to work on that paranormal. I recall writing scripts for plays as a teenager, but I haven’t written anything other than nonfiction since college.
I’m a corporate attorney and work as In-House Legal Counsel for a scrap metal company in Detroit. I also have two elementary aged children who keep me hopping with all their extracurricular activities and PTA events. I try and write while they do their homework and after they’ve gone to sleep. I’m also a book addict- I read a book a day. Luckily, I’m a speed reader! My husband has been a tremendous help and support.
When her younger brother marries on her twenty-ninth birthday, food addict Sara Friedman drunkenly vows to three hundred wedding guests to find and marry her soul mate within the year. After her humiliating toast becomes a YouTube sensation, she permits a national morning show to chronicle her search. With the help of best friend Missy, she plunges head first into the shallow end of the dating pool.
Her journey leads her to question the true meaning of soul mates, as she decides between fulfilling her vow to marry before her thirtieth birthday and following her heart’s desire. But before she can make the biggest decision of her life, Sara must begin to take her first steps towards recovery from her addiction to food.
It’s a very broad category. Women’s fiction can have romance, but it doesn’t have to and it’s not expected to follow a formula like a traditional romance novel. For example, my book is written from Sara’s point of view only. There’s no hero.
Women’s fiction doesn’t have a clear definition. In fact, I don’t think most people outside of the publishing industry are aware that the category exists. It’s shelved with general fiction in the stores. Personally, I define it as stories about women, written for women. The books often focus on friendship and family relationships rather than romance. Additionally, women’s fiction doesn’t always end with a happily-ever-after.
I’m working on a sequel to A Year to Remember, revolving around Missy, Sara’s best friend. She has a huge story that I hint to in my current book. Somehow in the middle of writing the manuscript, Missy demanded to have her own book to tell her side of the story. I like the idea that different people have different perceptions. When I write the same scene from a different point of view, will it change how the reader perceives it as well?
I’m currently working on a paranormal romance which I hope to be the first of a seven book series. I have the general outline of each book prepared. I even have an idea for a spin-off of the series. My first love has always been paranormal romance. Even as a child, I was obsessed with ghosts, vampires and paranormal occurrences. My favorite writers are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter and I’m obsessed with Joss Whedon.
I used to be a huge fan of sweet, but since I gave up sugar two and a half years ago, I’ve lost my taste for it. So, I’m gonna say sour, although I prefer salty over both sweet and sour.
When I ate ice cream, I preferred chocolate. In fact, when I was a child, my parents took my brother and me to buy a dog and on the way home, we stopped at Dairy Queen. I had a complete meltdown because they were out of chocolate and instead, I had to settle for a vanilla cone with that hard shell chocolate. I had just gotten a puppy and I was crying over ice cream!
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