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.
I was born and raised in Chicago and I still live near the city. That’s one of the main reasons why I set my books in Chicago. In addition to writing, I work a few part-time jobs. I edit curriculum for a tutoring center, I teach a writing workshop class a couple of Saturdays a month, I teach college level writing classes, and I run my husband’s construction company. And I have 3 kids.
1. How did you get started writing?
While I wrote a lot when I was younger, writing fell by the wayside while I was teaching full time. When I was at home after having my third kid, I started reading romance. A lot. Many, many books each week. My husband made a joke that I should just write a book. I already had an idea in my head and so I started writing. I knew nothing about the industry and I made a bunch of mistakes, but even as I wrote it, I knew that was my practice book. I wanted to see if I could write a whole book (even if it sucked). I took time to learn the business and how things work. Then I kept writing. My third manuscript is the one that sold.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write contemporary romance. After my two failed attempts at romantic suspense, I discovered contemporary romance and found that’s where my voice fit. My Hot & Nerdy trilogy, although it’s labeled New Adult, is still very much my contemporary romance voice, just with younger characters.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Drafting is my favorite part of writing—until I get stuck anyway. I love starting a new project and just writing whatever I want. When I draft, I start at page one and keep going until the end. I don’t worry about pacing or language or anything. I just write.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
As much as I love drafting, I dislike revising. That’s when I actually have to go through and reread everything I wrote and I see all the problems in the story. And I have to figure out how to fix them.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
I get ideas everywhere. Talking with people, watching TV, reading—all of those things have sparked ideas in one way or another. I think most writers are people watchers at heart. We watch everything around us and absorb it to sue later.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
When it comes to my New Adult novellas, I always tell people they’re different because they’re low-angst. My characters are not dark and tortured. The novellas are meant to be light, fluffy reads. And in New Adult, I don’t think there’s a whole lot of that. As far as my single-title contemporary romances go, I like to write families. Big families with all of their complicated relationships are a ton of fun.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I am an avid reader. I still read widely mostly in contemporary romance. I love everything about the genre. I also read romantic suspense. That was the genre that drew me in. Occasionally, I pick up a paranormal, but I’m mostly done with that subgenre for now. (I still have quite a few books in my TBR)
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next book is Under Your Skin, which is the first in my new For Your Love series. It will release digitally and in mass market paperback in June of 2016. The series will follow the O’Malley siblings as they each find love.
Be sure to come back to read more about Shannyn and her Hot & Nerdy series novel, HIS DREAM ROLE, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
Links to Shannyn’s website, blog, books, etc.
Web site — http://www.shannynschroeder.com