Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Q&A with Shelley Russell Nolan, author of Winged Reaper

Available now from Atlas Productions is the paranormal Urban fantasy Winged Reaper, book two in the Reaper Series by author Shelley Russell Nolan.

The author has taken a few moments from her busy schedule to answer a few questions about her novel.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love reading books, sneaking off to read whenever I could, and I also loved losing myself in television shows or movies. I would always imagine myself playing a part in the book or the show and when I was sixteen I started creating stories and worlds of my own.

What was your first book/story published?

My first story published was a YA novella, Angel Fire.

What inspired you to write Winged Reaper?

Winged Reaper is book two in my Reaper Series. The first book is Lost Reaper and I started it after a conversation with a friend about what would follow the vampire, werewolf and angel trends. We were naming all sorts of supernatural creatures and when I suggested reapers a line came to me – The first dead body I ever saw was my own – and the seed for the series was born.

What character in Winged Reaper is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

The character least like me is Rhonda, Tyler’s step-mother. While she loves her son, she has no love for her motherless step-daughter. I tend to mother everyone, and if I was ever in the same situation I would shower a step-child with just as much love and affection as my own children.

What is your favorite part in Winged Reaper?

I love the part where Tyler stands up to her father because it shows how much she has matured and is able to accept herself for who she is and not how others see her.

What was the hardest part to write?

The hardest scene to write was the funeral for Tyler’s best friend, Sarah. To write it I thought about the funerals I have attended over the years and how it feels to lose someone you love.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

I would be an English teacher, as then I would still be working with words and hopefully instilling my love of books with the next generation.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

I do read reviews as I am interested in what readers think about my stories, how they perceive them. I don’t let them influence me though as reading a book is a very subjective experience. What one reader might love another could hate. As long as I love my story and I make most of my reader happy than I am happy as well.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

I am in awe of David Eddings, Robert Jordan, Anne McCaffrey, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. These authors have created such vivid worlds, amazing characters and exhilarating stories. I can read them again and again and never get bored.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

I am currently working on book three in my Reaper Series, Rogue Reaper. I am also editing two other novels. Freak is YA and book one of The Revival Project. Dark Justice is a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy.

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About the Author: Shelley Russell Nolan is an avid reader who began writing her own stories at sixteen.

Her first completed manuscript featured brain eating aliens and a butt kicking teenage heroine. Since then she has spent her time creating fantasy worlds where death is only the beginning and even freaks can fall in love.

A member of Romance Writers of Australia, Australian Romance Readers Association and Queensland Writers Centre, Shelley regularly attends workshops and writers festivals to meet other writers and readers.

Born in New Zealand, moving to Australia with her family when she was seven, Shelley currently lives in Central Queensland, Australia, with her husband and two young children. They share their home with two wrecking ball kitties, a deformed budgerigar and two dogs that are fairly normal as dogs go.

To learn more about the author, please visit her website at: shelleyrussellnolan.com

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