Secrets, lies and the Grim Reaper: a recipe for disaster!
Twenty-five-year-old Tyler Morgan is only alive–technically reborn–because the Grim Reaper offered her a job. Now she has to find a way to stop her ‘boss’ from starting a war that threatens the survival of mankind.
Weak and in need of fresh souls, the Grim Reaper has sent his Wraiths to Tyler’s hometown, Easton, and by the time he gets his fill, it could turn into a graveyard.
Tyler’s resolve is tested when old secrets surface and a new betrayal has her questioning where her loyalties lie.
Supported by the intriguing detective, Sam Lockwood; the handsome, wealthy Chris Bradbury; and sources she never expected to come to her aid, Tyler must fight her way to the truth if she is ever to find the strength to harness the powers she has inherited, and vanquish the Grim Reaper forever.
~ Bewitching BT
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it? ?
I was talking to a friend about what would follow the vampire, werewolf and angel trends and decided a story about a young woman who comes back from the dead to be a reaper sounded awesome. At the time there were hardly any reaper stories out there.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist? ?
Tyler was inspired by watching Nina Dobrev play Elena Gilbert in The Vampire Diaries and I wanted my character to be a young woman with flaws who overcomes vulnerability and self-doubt to become kick-ass. For Jonathon Grimm, AKA The Grim Reaper, I thought about how the specter of death is feared and tried to bring that to life by making him cold, cutting and altogether terrifying.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it? ? There are times when I get stuck and if that happens I often find taking a nap with my kitties helps. While I don’t usually go to sleep during nap time, just laying down quietly allows my brain time to work through whatever it is I’m stuck on. If that doesn’t work then I leave it for a while, work on something else, and then come back to it with fresh eyes and a clear head. That’s when I re-read the entire manuscript and usually by the time I get to where I was stuck the solution has magically popped into my head.
5. Your all time favorite book? ?
The Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings.
6. What made you pick that one above all others? ?
I have re-read all his books so many times, but it was reading The Pawn of Prophecy that started me reading and loving science fiction and fantasy and writing my own stories.
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project? ? It took me ten years to finish my first ever manuscript, started when I was sixteen, and one day soon I plan to revise it as I have never given up hope of getting my story about a teenage girl who has to fight brain eating aliens published.
8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way? ?
I don’t think I’ve changed, except to say I am more confident in my writing since being published.
9. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind? ?
There were times when I thought I couldn’t do the story in my head justice and there were a few bumps along the way to getting Winged Reaper published, with my original publisher closing down. But I have never felt like giving up. I love writing stories, and will continue to do so whether they get published or not.
10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing? ?
I have two young children in primary school so a standard day starts with getting them off to school. I will then do whatever housework is necessary before I get to write until it is time to pick the kids up again. When they are home I’m in Mum mode. That’s when I catch up on reading, visiting, knitting, and binge watching television shows like Supernatural and Stargate SG1 and Atlantis.
11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect? ?
I have only recently encountered bad reviews and so far they haven’t bothered me. Reading is such a subjective pastime. What a reader feels about a story can depend on what books like it they have already read, if they have never read that type of book before or even what mood they are in. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I know I can’t write a story that will please absolutely everybody. So I write the story that pleases me. So my advice would be to write what you love and be proud of it. Smile when you get a good review and take it on the chin when you get a bad one. Then go write another story.
12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series? ?
Winged Reaper is book two in my Reaper Series. I am currently writing book three, Rogue Reaper, and it has Tyler discovering that friends and allies can easily become enemies, and her world is about to change forever. It will be up to her to ensure those changes don’t come at the detriment of mankind.
13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series? ?
I have been editing a YA novel, Freak, the first book in The Revival Project, which is about a troubled teenager who dies and is revived by a handsome young scientist. Mattie soon discovers that her revival comes with side effects that make her the target of an unscrupulous psychic.
I have also been editing a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy, Dark Justice, which features a super-soldier who becomes one of the monsters his kind was created to fight. After an encounter with a mysterious young woman, he is caught in a bond that compels him to protect her even while the monster inside him makes him want to kill her.
Fun facts: :
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for? ? A teleporter so I can beam myself anywhere I want in the world so I could attend all the cool events like Comic Con and writing festivals, as well as visit family and friends without having to travel for ages.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you? ?
The Pawn of Prophecy because even though I have read it again and again I never get bored with it and always uncover something new with each read.
3. Name your favorite fruit. ?
4. Coffee or tea? ?
Tea, black, no sugar
5. Favorite season? ?
Winter, because it is perfect snuggle weather and the kitties are extra cuddly.
6. How about fav time of 24 hours? ?
Nap time. Bedtime. Anytime I can sleep.
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout? ?
No. I was the girl who stayed at home reading book after book.
8. Favorite food for breakfast? ?
Bacon, eggs and hash browns.
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read? ?
The Barista’s Guide to Espionage by Dave Sinclair.
10. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? ?
I collected erasers when I was little. Now I have a huge collection of yarn that I plan to knit or crochet with one day.
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! ?
12. Drama or comedy? ?
13. Have a fav quote or personal motto? ?
Whatever will be will be.
14. Cats or dogs? ?
15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? ?
Dinner by candlelight.
16. What song have you listened to most recently? ?
So What by Pink.
17. What first came to mind after reading question no. 1 of the Fun Facts section? I mean that thing that you reconsidered after giving it more thought 😛 ?
Having a teleporter was actually first, then I thought about being able to understand my cats, and then I went back to having a teleporter.
1. Your top secret, uber guilty pleasure is… ?
Buying clothes and pretending I’ve had them for ages.
2. If you could choose to be someone else for just one day, it would be… ?
My cat, Justice.
3. Your oldest memory is… ?
Playing with our dog when I was two.
4. If everyone would receive a prize for being best at something, you’d be no. 1 at… ?
Being most like a statue – This is the award I got when I played soccer for half a season.
5. The one thing you’d do anything to avoid/get out of is… ?
Housework. I will take any excuse not to clean my house.
6. Your favorite part of a date is… ?
The anticipation beforehand.
7. If a character from any book could become real and you could spend a day with them, it would be… from the book… ?
Scarecrow – Ice Station by Matthew Reilly.
8. You were/are a hardcore fan of… ?
Anything my Joss Whedon.
9. You’d immediately fall for someone who… ?
Let me read books without interrupting me.
10. The one thing you could/can never get over is… ?
Losing my dad to cancer when I was thirteen.
11. If you could have any one superpower, it would be… ?
Making mess disappear with the click of a finger.
12. The one thing that always brightens your day is… ?
13. The most awkward moment in your life happened when… ?
My future husband met my ex-boyfriend.
14. The awesomest thing in your life is… ?
About the Author & Links:
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.