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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"When I'm not writing" with Shawntelle Madison

Shawntelle MadisonToday's guest is Shawntelle Madison, author of the Coveted series featuring Natalya, a werewolf with OCD. I've enjoyed the first two books in the series (COVETED and KEPT) and am looking forward to diving into COMPELLED, which came out in May. Shawntelle also writes a paranormal romance series about the Hadley Werewolves, which are great self-published novellas. (You can read my review of BITTEN BY DECEIT here.) As if two series weren't enough to keep her busy, Shawntelle has several other things on her plate, which can learn about by sticking around!


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I’ll be the first to admit that when I’m not writing I’m still at the computer. I envy the folks with green fingers who have beautiful herb gardens. (I kill plants, by the way.) Or the fantastic cooks or home organizers who do elaborate projects based on cool stuff they see on Pinterest. When I’m not staring into space or trying to clean up the messes my family make, I’m pretty much in front of the computer working. I’m a self-professed workaholic who works from home. I have no doubt about that. If I had even more time on my hands I’d have a perfect house and lawn and my car would be cleaned out. In the real world things aren’t so perfect. Matter of fact, everything is messy, but I have lots of fun. :)

So what do I do in my spare time? I’m actually a web developer. We are souls who are perfectly happy to sit down in our crypts (cubicles, etc.) and code websites. Have you ever filled out a form and pressed a button and then magic happens? I’m one of the folks who do the coding for that magic moment. Right now I happen to work for the Killion Group, Inc. They do websites and graphic design for publishing companies, authors, and more. I’ve had all sorts of clients from political candidates to musicians. Authors are my favorite.

Have I bored you yet? I was hoping to say my job was action-packed and that I jumped out of planes, but nope, I’m a geek coder.

Now are there cool additional perks to my job? Oh yes! Many of the author websites I work with are challenging and push me to think outside of the box. But the real perk comes from the stock images. The Killion Group creates stock photography for the graphics side of their business. One of the cooliest parts of my job is meeting the models! I have been to several photo shoots and I can say it was hard work helping the models in and out of their clothes. Did I mind getting them drinks? Nope. Did I mind putting gauntlets on hot dudes. Hell no. Recently, I had a custom photo shoot with an Asian model for my Warlock Repoman Chronicles. It was a blast, I tell you. Having a job where I can use my contacts in the publishing industry has been great. I get to connect with other authors as well as publishing professionals.

What would I do if I had even more time? Wow, I get giddy just thinking of the nerdtastic possibilities. If I had more time I’d focus on learning foreign languages. I love studying them. In college, I studied Chinese and Russian. Right now I’m using spare time on Japanese and Korean. With what little time I have, I try to open an app once a day or so and study a bit. (A semester of Japanese at the local community college went well until a writing deadline hit.) It’s so hard to keep up with everything and not feel intimidated, but on the days where I’m hearing a language I’m studying and I catch a word here or there are the most gratifying.  The second thing I’d do, and yes I’m an overachiever/nerd/geek, is that I’d love to create an Apple game for iTunes. I’ve grown up wanting to be a developer, but I’ve always loved game development. I’ve picked apart source code with glee and tried to figure games out, but I’ve never had the time to devote to creating a game. I’m busy now, but I’m a die-hard optimistic. Even if I’m busy now with a family, a household, programming, and writing, I can slowly work toward my goals if I believe hard enough that I can do it.

Who needs sleep and food anyway? :D


Thanks so much for visiting us, Shawntelle! For more about Shawntelle and her books, check out the following links:

Website | Facebook | Twitter


Here's the scoop on BITTEN BY VENGEANCE:

Bitten by Vengeance by Shawntelle MadisonBitten By Vengeance is the climactic finale to the Hadley Werewolves series.

Cursed witch Nevena wants nothing more than to destroy the dark evil that has escaped her coven's compound. She's outgunned and on her own--until a band of werewolves from Hadley join in the fight.

Drew is a cop bent on protecting his pack. Hadley has been attacked again, leaving him bitter and determined to do what's right. He will help the witches bring down what drove them to Hadley, but he refuses to get close to them...Until the curse on Nevena sucks him in.

Drew discovers what its like to love when Nevena traps both his heart and his soul. But he may lose them both in order to bring down the dark evil determined to destroy everything in its path.

Purchase: Amazon

Here's where the trilogy began:

Bitten by Deceit by Shawntelle MadisonBitten by Treachery by Shawntelle Madison

Shawntelle also writes the Coveted series:

Coveted by Shawntelle MadisonKept by Shawntelle MadisonCompelled by Shawntelle Madison (Coveted #3)Repossessed by Shawntelle Madison


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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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