#promo & #interview – Dark Days of Promise by @ShaunnaGonzales
— a man whom she’s successfully fabricated as loving, a lie her rebellious
teenager recognizes — she must find a way to support her family and find a
role model for her boys. She never intends to fall for Staff Sergeant Chase,
her best friend’s son, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
She’d much rather choose a safer man to love, but her children have a voice in
the decision she makes. With two deaths to deal with, a suitor after her money,
a rebellious son, and Sergeant Chase’s repeated attacks, she can only hope to
survive the danger she faces. If she doesn’t, her children will be left without
Name / Pen name & little about yourself: First of all, may I say that I love these interviews with a little diversity! My name is Shaunna Gonzales although I have toyed with publishing under Shassidy Rock. A little about myself… I’m sitting here inside looking out on the world, my world, no, it isn’t a bit of heaven, although I wish it were. It is still green though and probably will be all or most of the winter. Being in the great Northwest has its perks! I have MS Multiple Sclerosis for those who don’t know. And it occasionally effects how my brain works, so that is probably coming out in my novels. It keeps me home bound most of the time except I did get out of the house recently to see a movie. I don’t have any pets currently although I had three shih-tzus recently. They have all gone the way of the world.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I think I had my first inkling of being a writer as a junior in high school. I remember what I wrote about–a girl being taken by indians and my favorite word used in the story was scintillating. I remember it because it was a vocabulary word.
What genre are your books? and what made you write in that genre? The genre for my books is contemporary romance because we write what we know. Although I have dabbled in writing in Time-travel. Because we all know that genre so well. I say that tongue in cheek, actually I’m beginning to lean toward murder mystery within the time travel. Oh, and lest I forget, I’m working on a fantasy.
When did you write your first book and how old were you? I’m thinking it was in 1983. I was counseled against not to be a writer then, because that was before the advent of the home computers. So I didn’t pursue it at that time. I really set down to write in 2005 after reading a novel that was so bad I threw it across the room with a defiant stomp of my foot ( pretty awesome for a wheelchair bound individual.) I said “I could write better than this!” My hubby said “Then why don’t you?” That was how I started writing and although my early attempts will never see the light of day, I still have them.
Where do you get your ideas for your books? I have to say my dreams mostly. In every book there is a little bit of one of my dreams. Whether it is the sit up in bed in the middle of the night with an “a ha” moment or the wake up in the morning with a new idea.
How long does it typically take you to write a book? It has taken me much longer at times but in recent past a year.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? I guessing seven. but my favorite character is still in the wings with my fantasy read. I guess Gideon is my favorite because I have lived with him longer than any of the rest of them.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you overcome it? I do, and just recently. I go about my days and sooner or later I’m drawn back to my writing.
Have you done any collaborations with other writers? No, I haven’t.
What do you think of reviews? There are good reviews and bad. I, of course like the ones singing my praises but once in a while a bad review really gets me back on track with a question as to what I could do better.