Monday, May 13, 2019

Interview with Shayna Grissom, A SOUL RECLAIMED

Do you have a favorite character?
Aegis of course. He’s the broody guy of most women’s dreams.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
The cover was quite the adventure. In Small Press, an author has a little bit more say when it comes to the cover. There were hundreds of bids for the cover. We had so many amazing covers that the publisher was at a loss for what to do. I wasn’t much better. We had fans vote for the cover on social media. It was an eye-opening experience.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing? 
Absolutely. Beta reading is so important. I love to beta read and have developed my own set of rules on my blog.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence? 
I’d love silence or music, but I have children and animals, so there is no peace.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
In the writing community, we’re called “pantsters” meaning we fly by the seat of our pants. I have an idea of what I want to do and try to make it there. I’ve tried outlining, but I tend to run away from it.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes. After beta reads (which are free) I hire a developmental editor to work out any larger kinks in the story or characters. As for the final edit, the most expensive one, the editor at my publishing house does that for free.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale? 
Amazon, !ndigo, Target, Wal-Mart, Barns & Noble, Kobo, and most major retail outlets.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
There are times when I feel like the writing industry is preventing me from writing. I don’t know how self-publishing authors do it.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I’m a serious baker. I make more money selling my baked goods than I have this year in writing.

What’s next for you?
I am wrapping up some developmental edits on a new project before sending to my publisher.

A Soul Reclaimed
Shayna Grissom
Publication date: April 1st 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Hell is divided into seven regions. The first region is designated for the purest of souls, the seventh is for the evilest. There was once a king of Hell, but the steward family has ruled for centuries.
Nora, the stepdaughter of the steward is undone when her mother and step-father take away her beloved tutor, Peter. When Nora confronts the steward and her mother, the discussion is heated and ends with the steward in inexplicable pain.
Shortly after, Nora finds herself in the Starry Wood. Peter told her of the perils within the forest, and it’s not long before the inhabitants of the wood find her.
A giant hunter named Aegis comes to Nora’s aid. He is drawn to Nora, compelled to protect her from the steward’s assassins, the giants, and the evil souls who escape the seventh region.

Together, they travel the seven layers of Hell to discover why the steward is so threatened by a teenage girl.

Author Bio:
Shayna Grissom was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She currently resides in Seattle with her husband, two children, and her beloved pets. Shayna draws inspiration for her writings from binge-watching too many shows with far too much wine. She is a lover of the macabre, the strange, natural sciences, and films that feature vivid colors and imagery. Her favorite film director is Guillermo Del Toro, and her favorite books growing up were Anne Rice novels.

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