Author Interview: Shauna Kelley, author of Naliyah

Publisher: Create Space

Publication Date: October 1, 2014

Synopsis: Lenora Scheid can tell you much of human nature. After more than a century of traveling from warzone to warzone, she has experienced more than she can handle of mankind’s thirst for blood and power…she cannot, however, tell you what she is.

Not exactly human, but not precisely vampire either, Lenora’s whole life has been spent under the watchful eye of her father. With only her dreams of a mysterious blue‐eyed man as company, she has little choice but to follow her father across the world despite his refusal to help her understand her true nature. 

As Lenora reaches the end of her tolerance with their life of travel and death, she comes face to face with her blue‐eyed man and everything changes. Can this man save her from a life of brutality? Or will the secrets kept from her for so long destroy them both?

Interview: Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

TIME! In addition to writing, I work full time, teach part time, and try to spoil my niece and nephews frequently. I have taken to using vacation time to seclude myself and just write.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Naliyah is the first in an intended trilogy. As I developed the idea, it just got bigger and bigger, so I knew it was something I was coming back to. I am about 1/3 of the way through the second book, and have a two week vacation planned to finish it over the holidays. Beyond that, my “ideas” list is very, very long.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I have never started a book knowing anything about how it will end.  I usually write from an idea for a scene and the book evolves from that. My first book Max and Menna evolved around the idea of a place I wanted to write about. Naliyah started based on the idea of how it might be for an immortal child who was growing up without really knowing what she was.

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

I have a strange mix of hobbies I love horror and sci-fi movies, and usually crochet as I watch them. I also love to bake, but am allergic to milk so I can’t eat most of what I cook. I force it on my co-workers.

Q. Is there anything you haven’t written about that you would like to in the future?

I have an idea for a zombie book… we’ll see :-)

 Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I really wish I could speak another language. I would likely pick Italian.

Q. What gives you the most joy in life?

My husband, my puppies, and being an Aunt. I have three nieces and three nephews who are my world.

Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why?

Hmm… That’s a tough one. I think Lenora in Naliyah would be an easy but weird choice… I would live a long time, but have to kill to do it. I would likely go with Menna in Max and Menna. That’s sort of a cop out because Menna is more like me than any of my other characters, but she has a passion and drive I’ve always envied.

Q. How did you come up with the title?

Naliyah is loosely based on a Sanskrit word for love. I wanted something that sounded ancient and melodic, so I played around until I came up with that.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I just hope that everyone who reads this book enjoys it. Genre fiction is a new foray for me, so I hope I’ve added something worthwhile to the mix. I would also ask that all avid readers become avid reviewers. Writers thrive on your honest feedback, so please, give it freely!

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