Today I have the pleasure of hosting Krystal Shannan. Oddly, I don’t remember how I met this awesome and lovely lady, but when she sent out a call for blogs to visit, I leaped at the chance to host her with her current book. So let’s get right to the good stuff!
I’ve been writing stories since elementary school. I started my first novel in high school –never finished it, LOL. Since then I have had several practice manuscripts. 2012 has been my year for pushing myself to the next step. By 2013 I hope to have 3 titles published.
Wow! Good, question. I am a juggler for sure… I have a full-time elementary teaching job, a husband, a two-year-old daughter, a dog, a house, a personal blog, just started a review blog, and usually three WIPs going at once. Ummmmm…. I don’t sleep a lot anymore. I hate to say that it’s usually my writing time that suffers, but I have found taking a notepad with me to work will make me write during all my breaks at school. I get a lot more written that I realize. Usually about 500-1000 words during the course of the day and then I try to have a power hour when I get home and hubby can watch the munchkin. I can usually write 1500-2000 words during a power hour. My social media time is before anyone else wakes up in the morning and after dinner while everyone is watching TV.
So I’ve always been obsessed with ancient Greece and Rome. I read everything I could find about the myths and legends and historical figures. I was a huge fan of the Hercules and Xena television shows as a kid too. They were so fake, but so much fun. I remember watching them with my brothers and laughing because we could see the people jump backwards when they were supposed to get punched or kicked and all the scenery was made of foam!
A couple years ago I began toying with the idea of a novel centered on Aphrodite, but I didn’t just want her to be the goddess of love that nobody really took seriously. So after a lot of research I read about this idea of a higher and a common Aphrodite. Two! One was the daughter of Gaia and Uranus and the other was the daughter of Zeus. THUS….. my muse was born. As soon as I found her, she came to life and began telling me all these fantastic stories about how she matched soul mates, was connected to humanity’s passion, and slowly by surely she’s been sharing bits and pieces of her own past.
The idea that the fantastic and otherworldly things are neatly tucked away in our world and we don’t even know it. I love the idea of magic and fantasy.
I’ve tried my hand at historicals…. Not sure how that’s going to turn out. I have a contemporary novella releasing with Decadent Publishing this Christmas. I probably will dig more into the contemporary genre, but mostly stay in the paranormal.
Dark Chocolate everything! Except when it comes to ice cream. Then I want vanilla. (TM – you are a sick, sick person. Vanilla ice cream?! But other than that, so with you on the dark chocolate!)
Krystal has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. She has always dreamed of writing romance and sharing the “movies in her head” with the world. If she’s not writing, she’s reading –historical, paranormal, action, adventure –anything she can get her hands on that ends with a Happily Ever After!