I would like to welcome Shona Husk to Royal Reviews!
1. Tell us something about yourself, so that we can get to know you a bit better…
SH: I’m a writer, civil designer and mother. I like martial arts, cross stitch and making cloth dolls in my spare time (which I could use more of). I love dark chocolate and probably eat too much of it :-)
2. Your romance novel, The Outcast Prince, is out now—congrats! Could you tell us about it?
SH: The Outcast Prince is the first book in the Annwyn series which revolves around the dramas at the court of Annwyn and its effect on our world. While The Outcast Prince introduces the reader to fairies and Annwyn, the next 2 books throw the reader into the chaos of a court in trouble and the failing magic (mwhahaha).
3. What inspired you to write the Annwyn Series?
SH: The short answer is my love of fairy lore. The long answer involves a conversation with one of my kids about what mazes could be made of. The idea of a glass maze where you could see what you wanted but not being able to see a way through became the central concept for my fairy court where games and deals are what greases the wheels and nothing is ever clear and simple.
4. Do you have a favorite character from the series or one that was easier to write?
SH: It’s hard to pick a favorite character. I really feel for Felan (Caspian’s father as he’s in a really tough situation—readers will get his story in book 3, To Love a King). Taryn was fun to right as she goes from an outsider at Court to holding power in her own right while sticking it to them all, she’s the heroine of Lord of the Hunt. In some ways the easiest characters to write are always those in the first book as the series is a clean slate, Caspian gets that honor.
5. How do you find that perfect balance of romance and paranormal?
SH: It’s not always easy as I can get sidetracked by the shiny ideas that make the world and little subplots. My editor is very good at putting back on the right path and keeping the developing romance the focus.
6. What can readers expect next?
SH: next year there are two more Annwyn stories. Lord of the Hunt in January and To Love a King in October. I’ll also have a few more erotic sci fi stories with Ellora’s Cave coming out soon.
7. What inspired you to become an author?
SH: I’ve always made up stories. As a child I wrote some of them down but it fell to the wayside as I went through high school and university. It was only while I was on maternity leave that I started writing again. It was then I also discovered romance and paranormal romance (which combined my love of fantasy and world building with a HEA)
8. Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring authors?
SH: Read widely (fiction, nonfiction everything that interests you) and write lots!
Just One Taste Is All It Takes...
This is no ordinary mirror. Caspian caught a hint of color, a whirl of a waltz just past his reflection—a glimpse into the decadent Fairy Court of Annwyn. The home he could never have. It called to him, whispering temptation after temptation...if he could only reclaim his rightful heritage.
To Be Forever Lost...
Caspian has an even stronger reason to stay in the world of humans. He's just met a woman who captivates him like no other. But loving him has proven to be dangerous. And he will do whatever it takes to protect Lydia from the vicious, seductive world of Court—even if doing so requires the ultimate sacrifice: his soul.
Praise for The Outcast Prince
“Brilliantly unique, beautifully sensual, The Outcast Prince had me spellbound from the first page! Shona Husk's engaging voice and vivid, creative world-building make every one of her books a must-read!” — Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author
“Innovative fantasy... An emotional and engaging tale.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A civil designer by day and an author by night, Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Drawing on history, myth and imagination, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally. Look for the next book in the Annwyn Series, Lord of the Hunt in January 2014. You can find out more information about Shona and her edgy romances at http://www.shonahusk.com/ or follow her on Twitter, @ShonaHusk.
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