Tormented by Shawna Moore
Our very own Shawna Moore has a hot new book release this week from Ellora's Cave, Tormented. Woohoo!!!

Since childhood, Shawna Moore has enjoyed creating fantasy worlds and fictional characters. She has completed over 40 manuscripts and has had multiple novels, short stories and novellas published. At present she delights in writing erotica and erotic romance for Ellora's Cave. When she's not writing, editing and researching, Shawna enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, listening to the music of the Beatles, shopping for shoes and visiting the interesting destinations on her must-see list.

Nicole North: Congratulations on your new release, Shawna! What a wonderful and dramatic cover! Please tell us about Tormented.

Shawna Moore: Eve Morneau is a Boston socialite plagued by different demons--those within her and those without. She appears a chaste and genial woman, but she is far more complex. A woman with many unfulfilled desires--foremost among them finding love with a proper gentleman. For some time she's gained great satisfaction from teaching others--her pupils in Boston and those she's encountered during travels with her father. And Eve always puts the needs of others before her own. Charles Galletiére is an interesting combination of recluse and wanderer. He's a genius who shuns society and the medical approaches of his peers. All the same he's assumed the role of caretaker many times in his life. Despite the seeming impossibility of Eve's medical case, he vows to go to the greatest lengths to save the woman he loves from death and from her past.


Nicole: Sounds wonderful! What sparked this story idea?

Shawna: While walking in New Orleans' Garden District near dusk several years ago, the mansions, towering oaks and crape myrtles inspired me. One particular Greek Revival mansion sparked the story idea of a proper woman falling for a mysterious man. A man who had the ability to heal her wound, save her life and bring her the kind of love her heart desired. When traveling I carry a tote bag and always tuck a writing tablet, a couple pens and a tape recorder inside. There are so many architectural details and so much culture to absorb in New Orleans, and I don't want to miss anything. For five days I explored most of The Garden District, The French Quarter and various cemeteries in order to capture the details I'd include in TORMENTED.

Nicole: What fascinating research! Your description of it put me right there. What is your writing process?

Shawna: Most of the time, I start with a premise. And sometimes a story's theme is apparent, sometimes not. Fish Out of Water, Second Chance at Love, Cinderella tales, You Can Go Home Again, and Redemption are among those I've explored. While I'm plotting the major turning points, first meeting, crisis, black moment and HEA, I begin mulling/creating a hero, heroine, villain(s) and secondary characters. What type of heroine would be the best challenge and love interest for the hero I've decided upon and vice versa. My process morphs a bit with each manuscript written, but I prefer having a rough plot in place before writing a book's first sentence. As well, I delight in "living" with my characters a bit before bringing their tale to the fictional page. Unraveling their moral threads. Tapping into their souls and keenest fears. Studying the facets of their personalities. Figuring out what means the most to them and what they'll do to achieve their goals. When I'm at the writing desk, I don't allow for interruptions, except for family emergencies. Once the first draft of a story is completed, I set the project aside for a while before editing. Most of my work goes through three drafts, sometimes more, before submission to publishers. I've a file drawer in which I keep notes for future fiction works. One of the most blessed things about being a writer is visiting the treasure trove contained in that drawer. There is always something there to ponder once the current project(s) is/are completed. If one idea doesn't launch a creative fictional journey another one will.

Nicole: I think I need a drawer like that. What do you wish you'd known before becoming published?

Shawna: That a writer usually cannot keep pace with the ideas springing to mind. At one point I thought it wouldn't be any challenge writing stories as new ideas emerged. It didn't take long to learn that even my typing speed cannot keep pace with the creative thoughts tumbling about in my brain.

Something else I've learned is any writer who wants a solid chance at becoming published must learn how to defeat the self-doubt demon. Without fail, he pokes his wicked way past the best defenses, but we must always devise new methods for keeping him in his place--which is deep down in the dark kingdom where he belongs. Perseverance and passion are two of the keys we must hold near and dear and never surrender.

Nicole: I couldn't agree more. You have wonderful insight. What do you love best about historicals or historical settings?

Shawna: Historical romances have always been my favorite--for reading and for writing. Journeying to those bygone eras brings such a profound joy. Bringing those worlds of yesteryear alive for today's reader is the ultimate writing pleasure for me. Being able to tap into the mindsets and moral codes of my historical characters is immense fun. Living the story events vicariously, especially when the settings are historical, keeps me yearning to write as many romance tales as possible.

Nicole: I love those historical settings too. Would you like to ask blog readers a question? Those who comment will have their names in a drawing for chance to win a seasonal surprise from Shawna!

Shawna: If you could read any romance story set in any fictional world, what would you choose and why?

Nicole: Excellent question. Thanks for the great interview, Shawna, and for offering our readers a surprise!!
Everyone please visit Shawna's website
http://www.grant-moore.com/
17 Responses
  1. Denisse Says:

    What a great interview! Good luck Shawna on your book. I will be sure to read it. If you could read any romance story set in any fictional world, what would you choose and why? I would have to choose a world of magic and adventure. It is where anything is possible. :)


  2. Lu Says:

    Great interview! Good luck with your new release, Shawna. In answer to your question, I would love to read a spicy historical with a little bit of magic, set in Scotland with men in kilts LOL!!!

    Lu


  3. murrrmaiyd Says:

    Great interview... I especially liked hearing about your writing process.

    If I could read any romance story set in any fictional world, what would I choose and why?

    hmmm... I also have a great fondness for stories set in Scotland, I mean, ya gotta love men in kilts. :) My other favorite is the modern world, but with the addition of supernatural creatures and magick.


  4. JACLYN Says:

    Something else I've learned is any writer who wants a solid chance at becoming published must learn how to defeat the self-doubt demon. Without fail, he pokes his wicked way past the best defenses, but we must always devise new methods for keeping him in his place--which is deep down in the dark kingdom where he belongs. Perseverance and passion are two of the keys we must hold near and dear and never surrender.

    THIS IS SO TRUE. NEVER SURRENDER. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I'VE HAD SELF-DOUBTS I GET UP FROM MY COMPUTER, GET A CUP OF COFFEE, TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND TELL MYSELF, I CAN DO IT. THEN BACK TO REREAD AND SEE WHERE IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. I FIND IF I READ IT OUT LOUD THE MISTAKES SHOW UP. MY HUSBAND GOT TIRED OF ASKING ME WHO I WAS TALKING TOO. NOW HE JUST IGNORES ME. WHEN I NEED TO ASK HIM A QUESTION, I HAVE TO YELL, "HONEY-Y-Y! GEEZE! IT'S A NEVER ENDING BATTLE. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS AND I QUOTE: NEVER GIVE UP

    JACLYN


  5. BookWorm Says:

    Terrific interview and I'll be looking for "Tormented!"
    I love futuristic settings but really anything with a vampire or werewolf is great.


  6. ShawnaMoore Says:

    Hi, Denisse!

    I love the world you chose! A world of hope and possibility :)

    Many thanks for your kind words and for sharing your thoughts :)

    Happy week wishes,

    Shawna


  7. ShawnaMoore Says:

    Hi, Lu!

    Thanks for checking out my interview and for the good luck wishes :) Men in kilts are some of my favorite heroes! Must write one of those Highland romantic tales one day. My Fierce Author friends write some awesome Highland novels and novellas :)

    Happy week wishes,

    Shawna


  8. ShawnaMoore Says:

    Hi, Murrrmaiyd!

    Another vote for Men in Kilts! Gotta love 'em. You ladies are convincing me to have a creative daydreaming/brainstorming session featuring Highland hunks :)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

    Happy week wishes,

    Shawna


  9. ShawnaMoore Says:

    Hi, Lu!

    Those sexy Highlanders are ruling, aren't they? :) I'm hearing Sean Connery's voice and having visions of the most handsome Highlanders. Might have to get out the plotting tablet and start something new while the muse is cooperating :)

    Thanks for your comments :)

    Happy week wishes,

    Shawna


  10. ShawnaMoore Says:

    Hi, Jaclyn!

    Excellent advice! Many thanks for sharing your insight :) As a fall chill fills the air tonight, I'm opting for a lovely cup of tea a bit later while I mull over some notes on a new romance project.

    Happy week wishes,

    Shawna


  11. ShawnaMoore Says:

    Hi, Bookworm!

    I've always enjoyed reading futuristics, someday I must write one :) Weres and vamps are among my must-reads. It's also fun writing those darker heroes :)

    Charles and Eve are ready for a sequel, and I'll likely give in to their request :)

    Thanks for your kind words, and I hope you enjoy Tormented :) Tormented is one of those books of my heart :)

    Happy week wishes,

    Shawna


  12. robynl Says:

    hi and I truly enjoyed the interview; I would love to read a romance story set in the Pioneer days when hardships abounded and sheer determination, grit and faith overcame many obstacles. Love held true through hardships and triumphs. The setting could be any unsettled land where they had to work the land in order to plant crops to survive and with harsh weather in winter and lacking rain in summer.


  13. ShawnaMoore Says:

    Hi, Robyn!

    You've described a novel I would also enjoy reading. The days of Westward expansion are a great idea for a romance story that would contain a lot of emotional depth. The weather would become a prominent character, even serve as villain more times than not.

    Thanks for checking out my interview and for sharing your thoughts.

    Happy weekend wishes,

    Shawna


  14. kaisquared Says:

    I would choose a paranormal Celtic tale with a saucy heroine and an alpha male, because I love a good kilt, heather and castle tale with a little woowoo thrown in!


  15. ShawnaMoore Says:

    Hi, Kai!

    Now that is an excellent suggestion for a novel! Thanks for checking out my interview and for sharing your thoughts :)

    Happy week wishes,

    Shawna


  16. TamiC Says:

    I love the Highlanders, Irish, Scottish just those sexy accents always get me!


  17. ShawnaMoore Says:

    Hi, Tamic!

    Have to agree with you about Highlanders and the sexy accents :) Definitely appealing to me, too :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Happy weekend wishes,

    Shawna


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