Author R. W. Shannon in HotSpot Tuesday with Mahalia Levey

Where do you draw inspiration from to write in the IR or MC niche?

I get a lot of my inspiration from people watching. Even when I write paranormal, I try to keep them as ‘real’ as possible. Sometimes, I use pictures, but most I conjure from my imagination.

  • What do you find the most difficult to write? Dialogue? Back story? Emotion?

I think emotion is the most difficult for me because I’m not an emotional person by nature. So, to have my characters feel some kind of why and show it can be hard for me.

  • Have you ever found that you didn’t like your Hero or your Heroine? If so, what did you do to change that?

Characters are like people. Of course, you’re going to come across one that you don’t like or rubs you the wrong way. Rather than kill them off, I try to work with them. They turn out to be the most fun to write.

If you were to start again, with the knowledge you have now, what would be the first thing you do?

  • Do you write full time, what is your schedule for the day? Or do you have a full time job, if so, when do you find the time to write?

I used to have a full time job. I discovered that corporate life was killing me, literally. When I was working, I found that I could only write on the weekends. And that sucked. I wrote long hand and transferred it to word most days. But, that sucked, too. I don’t have a set schedule.

Do you have the support of family and friends?

What has been the biggest challenge of your career?

Where do you expect to be in five years?

Are you a plotter or a pantser? If you are a plotter, what are you methods?

How have your techniques for character development changed since you’ve been writing? Is it still the same, or has it developed over time, if so how?

  • Do you have a book coming out? If so what? Do you have a web site? Do you have a blog? My space?

I have several books coming out. This month will be Deadly Desires through Beautiful Trouble Publishing featuring my assassin Steel. From Phaze Books will be Chasing Dawn about a superhero who comes to life. I will be entering the self-publishing arena with my full length novel. That I hope to release in the spring.

  • What do you do to relax?

Relax? What’s that? I used to do yoga and bellydance. I miss those and need to start doing it again. I design jewelry. I will be starting to sell it soon.  I read. I shop.

Do you have hobbies?

What traits do your heroes and heroines possess?

How much of you is put in how your characters are?

Have you ever made a character out of anyone you know?

  • What are some books on your keeper shelf?

Right now, I’m reading a.c. arthur’s Seduction Shift. It’s really good.  I also have Karen Marie Moning’s Iced in my pile.

  • Are there any other genres you’d like to try your hand at?

I would love to write a sci-fi piece. But, sci-fi is difficult to do well. Still, I’d like to try it at least once.

  • How do you pick your setting? Do you pick from areas you’ve lived in or do research other areas?

They sat to write what you know. I have set quite a few stories near where I am. However, I get bored with that easily and try to switch it up. The key to writing about an area you don’t know about is to research. Don’t take for granted that you can just make up the streets and restaurant names. Every place has a different feel. It’s that feeling that you need to capture. Go see it if you can.

  • What are your networking links so readers may find you?

I am on Facebook under!/authorrwshannon. I have a blog, But, because of my day job, I got lazy with keeping it up. I also am on twitter @authorrwshannon.


  1. Janet Eckforf says:

    Great interview!

  2. Billy London says:

    Steele! My assassin baby! Cannot wait for that. Changed my whole view on fear of flying!!

  3. i can’t WAIT for Deadly Desires!!!

  4. Naomi Jones says:

    Awesome interview.

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