**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, PIPER SHELLY
Hello Karen. Thank you for inviting me today. 🙂
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
Okay, so me in a nutshell, right? 😉 I was born in beautiful Austria, have been living here all my life. I went to school in Vienna, but right after graduation I moved to Upper Austria, where I inherited my grandparents’ house…and met the love of my life. He married me a few years ago, and we have a ten-year-old son. The two men keep me quite busy. 🙂
Unfortunately, I’m not a full time writer…yet. Five hours a day, I work as an accountant in a huge company that sells designer furniture. I like my job, but I love writing more. Waiting for the day that my books start paying the bills. Then I will do nothing but write 24/7. Okay, not that much, lol. There will always be some time for traveling and dancing. I love Zumba dancing. It’s a nice way to keep in shape when I spend most of my days sitting at a computer, not moving much. And then I really like horses. There was a time when I went horse riding every week, but my knee is troubling me a little after a skiing accident, so no riding for a while. But that’s okay. I’ll fill that gap in my life with more writing. 😉
1. How did you get started writing?
I was 19, had read all available books by Lisa Jane Smith, and wanted to create a vampire story just as romantic and capturing. But English isn’t my native language…duh, I’m from Austria. So my first draft of a novel was lousy, lacking everything you can imagine. Grammar, vocabulary, dialogue, conflict. No, not true, there was some conflict, but just not enough. However, it took me 5 years to finish that first novel. And in the end, I had to realize, it would never get published. But I don’t regard this as a waste of time. No, it was rather a process of learning by doing. And another few years later, I knew everything I needed to flash out a really good novel. Good enough to conquer the market. 😉
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write paranormal and contemporary, but ALWAYS romance. The paranormal is just a personal thing. I like everything mystic and untouchable. I’m a dream hunter really, love to live in dreams more than in reality where nothing surprises me anymore. My first great love was the little vampire, and I kept my bedroom window open all nights when I was a little girl, hoping he would get the invitation. 😉 Romance? What can I say? I’m a hopeless romantic. Life isn’t always a Cinderella story, so you have to create them in your mind. And if I could give some girls or women a nice time diving into my romance stories, then I think I did a good job.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Everything, really. Fleshing out the plotline, the opening, getting to the really romantic parts. I love to think about my novel when I’m in bed, or anywhere else where I can turn off the reality-switch for a moment. I enjoy revisions, writing query letters, and doing edits as much as writing the actual novel. However…I don’t like writing a synopsis so much.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Apart from the synopsis, it’s writer’s block that bothers me a little. But not as much as one would think, because after spending hours on end in my fantasy world, I do enjoy to come back at times and spend some quality time with my family again.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Everywhere and anywhere. Sometimes it’s a scene of a movie I watch that I think should have gone completely different. Then I start thinking about it and work this scene into a different story. Music is also very inspiring. The right song can put the idea of an entire novel in my mind. There was this one very old song that made me think of a sexy cowboy. I didn’t get around to writing this Western yet, but I took notes for when the time will come.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
I can’t tell you that, honestly. I don’t know if or how my writing is different. I hope it is…a little. But then I think no two people in the world come up with the exact same idea, so isn’t everyone’s writing a little different? And of course, I’m working many personal experiences into my novels as well. So yeah, they should be unique enough.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
Oh, I love books. Hard to say how many I’ve read in my life, but in the past 15 years they were all romances, mostly paranormal. I like to write what I love to read. Some of my favorite authors are Kerrelyn Sparks, Sherilyn Kenyon, and Georgia Lyn Hunter. And then I have an all-time favorite book. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Patch, the fallen angel in that saga is just the most stunning character I ever came across.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next book is a teenage novella, all about first love and soccer. Liza Matthews, the 17-year-old heroine has to make a very hard decision. Hold on to her childhood love for her best friend, or let this amazing guy from their soccer team seduce her? Here’s a little snippet:
The sun breaking through the windows woke me the next morning. I felt as if I was drifting out to a restless sea on an unsound airbed. It took a few seconds for the eerie swaying to stop so that I could focus.
My cheek rested on a pillow smelling of pine trees and warmth. I inhaled deeply, wanting to keep that scent, and opened my eyes to stare at the lush lips of Ryan Hunter. My hand on his naked chest rose and fell with his slow, even breaths.
Holy cow, what the hell happened? I was in bed with the captain of the soccer team? Heck, I should have never gone to that party.
Now, my only thought was run. But shock kept me pinned to the bed as I became aware of the tangled position Ryan and I had taken on in our sleep. Lying on my right, my left leg was slung over his hip. My calf rested neatly on his groin. He lay on his back, his left leg bent so, that I wouldn’t be able to withdraw mine. I tried to stop my body from shivering.
Not daring to wake him, I didn’t move, frantically running through the options I had. Great, there were none. I was trapped.
You can read the longer excerpt here: http://pipershelly.com/play-with-me/
Links to PIPER SHELLY’s website, blog, books, etc.
You can find out more about me and my books at www.pipershelly.com. I also love to get e-mails, so any feedback or questions are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can join me on Facebook and have a little chat with me there. www.facebook.com/authorpiper
Her Game, His Rules is available at all online book shops such as Barnes&Noble, Smashwords, Amazon… http://www.amazon.com/Her-Game-Rules-Piper-Shelly/dp/1937329631/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353395920&sr=8-1&keywords=her+game+his+rules
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Piper and her release, HER GAME, HIS RULES, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!