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Booktitle: The Swan Cove Murders
Release Date: Nov 09, 2011
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genres: Romance, Paranormal

About the author:

Donna Shields grew up on romance and scary stories. With her love for suspense and the slightly unusual, she enjoys tying these elements together to create stories full of love, danger, and the paranormal.
She lives in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina with her husband, her children, and some great haunts. She’s a mom, a ‘gramma’, a wife, a friend, an avid reader and writer. When she’s not occupied with all that, she loves traveling to Playa del Carmen and Jamaica.


About the book:

As if the violent murder of Lena Dixon’s fiancé hadn’t been bad enough, now his brother, Nicholas Hunter, is court ordered to live with her for the next thirty days. And to top it off, the murderer’s ghost is asserting his innocence and refuses to leave until Lena and Nicholas prove it.

The skeptic in Nicholas believes Lena has lost her mind until he witnesses some unexplainable events and is forced to believe in her psychic abilities and his heart’s desire.

As their chemistry heats up, so do their guilt levels. Can they make their new found relationship work, or will it be too late when the real killer comes calling for her?

Interview:

Why don’t you start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up on romance and scary stories. And the more freaky, the better. That’s why my all time favorite author is Stephen King. I love suspense and the slightly unusual. I enjoy tying these elements into my writing to create stories for of love, danger and paranormal activity. I live in the Upstate of South Carolina with my husband, the majority of my children (one daughter lives in CT) and some great haunts still yet to visit. I’m a ‘gramma’ to a wonderful sassy two year old granddaughter and brand new cute grandson.

Do you have another job besides writing?

Yes. I work as a receiving representative in a warehouse close to home. It’s a full time job, so my days are occupied with that. And I just received word that I’m now a contract writer for a local company here in Greenville.

Were you an avid reader as a child? What type of books did you enjoy reading?

I’ve always loved to read. At first, I enjoyed the adventure books such as Huckleberry Finn and Robinson Crusoe. Then, I got into Nancy Drew. High school opened up to more diverse reading.

Agatha Christie got her best ideas while eating green apples in the bathtub. Stephen Spielberg says he gets his best ideas while driving on the highway. When do you get yours and why do you think this is?

My best ideas come while I’m preoccupied doing something else. Usually either while I’m on the treadmill or driving down the road. I think it happens because of the whole right brain, left brain thing. When I’m not thinking of ‘What the heck am I going to write?” it comes to me out of the blue. Then, I have to whip out my phone with my voice recorder on it and record whatever just came to my mind.

How do you divide your time between taking care of the home and the children and writing? Do you plan writing sessions in advance?

I have to laugh here, because unfortunately planning anything never works out for me. The second I plan writing time, it’s derailed quickly. So, I’ve learned not to plan writing sessions. Rather, when I have time in between doing the dishes and cooking supper, or vacuuming and dusting, or even sneaking a few minutes at work, I’ll write.

What is your opinion on critique groups? What are your words of advice to a novice writer who’s joining one? Do you think a wrong critique group can crush a fledgling writer?

I love my critique group. I don’t know what I’d do without my Twinkies. They’ve helped me grow as a writer in so many ways. My advice is that you’ll know you’ve found the right group for you when it’s constructive criticism and not putting you down. If you find a group where all they do is crap on you, run for the hills. Yes, I totally believe a wrong group can crush a new writer. You have to have that ‘fit’, and it really does turn into such a unique friendship.

From the moment that you conceived the idea to the published book, how long did it take?

It was a total of six months from start to finish. And what an exhilarating six months!!

Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write such a story.

As if the violent murder of Lena Dixon’s fiancé hadn’t been bad enough, now his brother, Nicholas Hunter, is court ordered to live with her for the next thirty days. And to top it off, the murderer’s ghost is asserting his innocence and refuses to leave until Lena and Nicholas prove it. The skeptic in Nicholas believes Lena has lost her mind until he witnesses some unexplainable events and is forced to believe in her psychic abilities and his heart’s desire. As their chemistry heats up, so do their guilt levels. Can they make their newfound relationship work, or will it be too late when the real killer comes calling for her?

What inspired me to write this one was a single thought of how it would feel if I were a ghost and what if I died before I got the chance to tell anyone whatever it was I needed to say or I needed them to know? After that, it was a chain reaction of ‘What ifs?’

Do you have another book in the works?

I do. Actually, I have another, Secrets of Jenkins Bridge, that will be released Dec 28th. This one is a romantic suspense.

I’m also working on Boneknapper, another paranormal romantic suspense, involving a Voodoo curse placed upon four innocent men and my heroine needs to find the woman who cursed them before the hero dies.

Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?

I have an author website: http://donnamshields.wordpress.com/

And my blog: http://donna-realworldwriting.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#%21/pages/Donna-Shields/192982964105589

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#%21/Donna_Shields

And you can find The Swan Cove Murders:

Soul Mate Publishing: http://soulmatepublishing.com/the-swan-cove-murders

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B0065M6GNM

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