This is becoming a habit! I think I’m abandoning the Lazy Saturday series and will instead begin to focus on bringing you some of the best indie writers out there. This week, I had the pleasure of asking questions of Shannon Mayer, author of the Nevermore Trilogy, a series of “unconventional” zombie stories. I’m currently working my way through Sundered (aren’t I working through every book, though – I really need to focus on ONE at a time) and really enjoying it, despite being zombie-ed out. I’ll be posting a review once I’m finished and will be going on to read more in the series.
For those who are farther along in the series, the third book, Dauntless, released on Halloween, meaning that she released the entire series in a manner of two months. Writer jealousy, anyone? Anyway, on with the interview…
What provided the spark of inspiration for the Nevermore Series, and especially Dauntless? Any long-term influences that you’d like to cite?
The spark for the Nevermore series began as a challenge to myself. I was seeing this glut of zombie type books and wondered if I could write one with a unique enough twist that it wouldn’t fall into the “undead” category. From there it was just building one step at a time, how people would turn into monsters, could it be reversed, what effect would it have on a relationship to be in an apocalyptic setting.
Dauntless though was a nod to the strength of a love and a marriage put under phenomenal amounts of stress and fear. I know couples who have a marriage like Mara and Sebastian, who love each other enough to fight through the tough patches. It’s an amazing thing to see and I wanted this love story to show that.
Long term influences?
Hmmm. Well, I love a lot of different writers, but because I am drawn to the “dark side” I love a good horror, Anne Rice and Stephen King. But, then there is Jacqueline Carey, Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, and, well the list could go on and on so I’ll stop there.
How long have you wanted to be a writer, and what is your earliest writing memory?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember, back to when I first discovered my mother’s typewriter and started to type out my favourite books in my own words. (I was a whizz at book reports as you can imagine.) I would say that was around the age of 8-9. But for years I was told that being a writer was a hobby, you really shouldn’t consider it a career. So I didn’t. It took my husband sitting me down and asking me what I really wanted to do. I said I wanted to write and he told me to go for it. That was about seven years ago and I really haven’t looked back since then.
What was the last book you read, and is this part of your chosen writing genre or a departure?
I just finished “Telesa” by Lani Wendt Young. It’s a YA paranormal romance which is pretty close to my genre, though a fair bit less horror than what the Nevermore series is written with. I enjoyed it a great deal, would encourage people to go check it out.
Tell us a little bit about the dogs that played such a key part in marketing your Win an iPad Campaign. Are they good dogs?
Ruby and Keeda are, for the moment, our “babies”. Asking me if they are good dogs is like asking a mother if she has good kids. I love them to bits, but damn, when they want to be rotten it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before! That is a whole other blog post. Suffice to say that ripping off the siding to my house and tearing apart leather jackets is on their list of “Fun to do and Piss mom off.” They are lucky they are so damn cute or I’d be doing a contest where they were the prize!
What might your readers be surprised to learn about you?
My day job is as a farrier, as in I put shoes on horses for a living. I love my job, but it’s super physical and not something I can do forever. That along with wanting to have kids is a huge part of why I’m pursuing my writing as it is something I could do from home. And I love to bake cupcakes, fancy, time consuming, taste better than anything, 1 billion calories each, cupcakes.
What’s on the horizon for you?
If all goes as planned, I’ll be releasing the first book in a new trilogy early in December 2011. And if that goes really well, babies for me and the hubby. ;p
Here’s the blurb, be sure to check it out!
Dark Waters (Celtic Legacy Book I)
On a celebratory trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island, sisters Quinn and Ashling are separated. Not by death as the local police are stating, but by an ancient race of monsters, the Fomorii, who live deep beneath the ocean waves.
Frantic, Quinn searches for a way to rescue her baby sister, only to find that the Fomorii fear the powers that Quinn is discovering within herself. And, because of that, they threaten the lives of all those she loves if she does not abandon her quest to find Ashling.
Aided, and at times, thwarted Luke and Bres, the two most beautiful men Quinn has ever seen, she must face her greatest fears, and embrace the legacy she is being handed if she wants to save Ashling.
Blending Irish Mythology and modern day mayhem, Dark Waters will take you on a wild ride to the ocean’s depths and back as Quinn seeks out not only her sister, but her own place within destiny.
Thanks for the time, Shannon! To close, here’s a peek at the trailer for Sundered: