Monday, April 29, 2013

Straight Chatting from the Library: Shannyn Schroeder

Shannyn Schroeder, author of More Than This, is chatting with us about books today here at the Library as part of her Virtual Book Tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. Shannyn will be awarding a $10 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. See the other stops on the tour here:

  1. What is the favorite book you remember as a child?
  1. The Little Engine That Could was one that I read all the time. I love the message of the story. My younger brother always wanted me to read him Hansel & Gretel, but I made him sit through The Little Engine before I would read Hansel & Gretel. My other favorite was Green Eggs and Ham because it was so much fun to memorize and read aloud.

  1. Tell us about your current book in 10 words.
  1.  For movie buffs – The Back Up Plan meets The Bucket List

           The nonmovie version – A teacher completes adventures before attempting  
            pregnancy, but falls in love

  1. What are you reading right now?
  1. The Sullivan series by Bella Andre. I read the first couple of books last year, and I picked up the rest while they were on sale. I think I’m on book 4.

  1. E-Reader or print? and why?

  1. I read both digital and print. I bought my Kindle a couple of years ago because I saw the direction publishing was taking. There were more e-publishers popping up and then self-publishing hit. I like the convenience of having lots of books with me all at once on my Kindle. Plus there are so many deals for books. I can find something on sale every day. Now that bookstores are scarce, finding cheap reads is harder than ever.

          But there is that part of me that still likes the feel and smell of a paper book. Turning             
          actual pages and dog-earing my spot. It’s how I grew up reading, so there’s a fondness     
          there that can’t be replaced.

  1. One book at a time or multiples?
  1. Usually, I’m a one book at a time girl. The only time I stray from that is if I’m reading a non-fiction book (for research or craft) or if I’ve picked up a more serious book. I remember when I read The Lovely Bones. The book is beautiful and emotional, but so damn depressing. I couldn’t walk away from it, but I needed to have something else, something happy to read. So during the day, I read The Lovely Bones, and at night I read a romance.

  1. Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)
  1. I totally dog-ear. All the time. My kids do too. I’ve tried bookmarks. They always look so pretty, but I never use them. They fall out of the book or I misplace it when I start a new book. (But I’m not a spine-cracker – that drives me nuts)

  1. When do you do most of your reading?
  1. I do most of my reading at night before I go to bed. Sometimes I’ll sneak in a bit of reading earlier in the evening, but between writing, my part-time job, and the kids, reading is the thing I look forward to at night.

  1. Favorite genre?
  1. I love reading contemporary romance. Big city, small town, you name it. I’ve been known to glut on other genres though, specifically paranormal or suspense.

  1. Do you loan your books?
  1. Yes, I share books. My best friend will come to shop at my house. I have one bookcase full of books on my TBR and another bookcase that holds my keeper books and books I’ve finished that she can take home. Sometimes she even shares them with her mother or sister, so my love for books extends to many people.

  1. Keep books or give them away?
  1. It depends. There are some books that are keepers for me, especially if it’s a series. Of course, now that many of my purchases are digital, it’s even easier to glom. I do have 3-4 shelves of keepers (like Jennifer Crusie, Janet Evanovich, or Charlaine Harris).

Shannyn Schroeder is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids. Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood. 

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?” So she did. 

 That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to professional author. She came to reading romance later than many, but lives for the happy ending because real life can be depressing. She writes contemporary romance because she enjoys the adventure of new love. In her spare time, she loves to bake cookies and watches far too much TV, especially cop shows. She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world. 
 Web site: 
 Twitter: @SSchroeder_

When a lonely teacher teams up with a handsome bartender for some outrageous acts, they both get more than they bargained for…

Learning her ex-husband is going to be a father, Quinn Adams is determined to have a baby of her own—without the partnership of a man. But her sister and friends believe she needs to focus on herself first, and step out of her comfort zone by completing a list of adventures. Challenge number one is to go on five dates within two weeks. After a few disastrous attempts, Quinn’s ready to give up—until sexy bartender Ryan O’Leary offers his assistance.

Ryan has always been the dependable one in his family, often at his expense. But lately, he’s been longing for a life—and a woman—of his own. The woman he has in mind is Quinn. Though it seems all she wants is friendship, Ryan can’t ignore the explosive chemistry he feels between them. In the hopes of becoming closer, Ryan offers to help out with Quinn’s list. But when she asks him for a serious favor, he’s afraid it will jeopardize his chance to become more than friends.

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  1. Another fab interview! I have to admit that I too dog-ear. The whole bookmark thing doesn't work for me. Even if the dog ear falls out, you can still find your place from the crease...NOT the case with a bookmark. The only ones that don't get dog eared are my Keepers or Rare books. First editions, Harry Potters...doesn't really matter what's on the keeper shelf...they will NOT be touched by tiny humans (kids :P) and I won't even take them out of my bedroom lol!
    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. Hi Andra - I have Keepers, but they've all been read. I don't have rare books, but I probably wouldn't let anyone touch them if I did. Thanks for commenting!

  2. If I saw you dog-ear a book I would have to slap your hand. lol I have so many bookmarks I am never without one. Do you want me to send you one? lol


    1. You know, I have bookmarks. I just never remember to use them. It's a good thing most of my reading these days is on my Kindle :)

  3. I love the feel and smell of books, but I have to admit that I love my e books too.

  4. I'm actually shocked that a writer would dog-ear a book. Too precious I always think.