“Everything’s better with dragons.” Meet Shea, an ex-pat living in London who launched her first urban fantasy/paranormal series, the Sunwalker Saga, in June, and is launching her Dragon Wars series in December. From the first sentence of her debut novel, Shea immerses you into the middle of the world she’s created through awesome sensory writing, which is an underrated skill for today’s writers. You’ll find you have no choice but to keep reading, because you become part of her worlds. She succeeds at keeping the reader engaged through a mix of sassy characters, fun dialogue, awesome action, and mysterious, hunky men.
Tell me what readers should know about Shéa MacLeod, the creator of the Sunwalker Saga.
She’s a quirky, chocoholic bibliophile with a penchant for talking about herself in third person.
What inspires you to write?
I have no idea, but I’m pretty sure there’s no cure for it.
If you had a perfect writing outfit, what would it be?
Pajamas and no bra.
How do you define success as a writer?
Having my books published and out there being read (and loved) by complete strangers, which means I’m already a success!
Does your family read your books?
If by family you mean my mother, hells no (My cousins read them, though)!
What’s the #1 piece of advice you’d like to give other indie authors?
It comes from Stephen King: If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.
What’s the hardest part of writing a novel, in your opinion?
Convincing myself it’s not a piece of absolute drivel and that I shouldn’t just shove it in a drawer and go hide under the covers.
The Sunwalker Saga
Tell me about your plans for the Sunwalker Saga, e.g., how many books you’re planning, if there are any short stories/novellas coming out, etc.
The Sunwalker Saga will have a total of 6 novels. The first two are already out and the third will be out around Christmas time.
There will definitely be some short stories. In fact, the first Sunwalker Short will be published in THE HALLOWEEN COLLECTION FROM THE INDIE ECLECTIVE
this October! It was totally unexpected, but it just flowed. There is also another Sunwalker Short in the works which will be out later this year. I have no idea how many shorts there will be, we’ll just see how (and where) my muse takes me.
What is the inspiration behind all the wonderful creatures (dragons, vampires, Sunwalker, demons?) you feature in this Saga? Are you inspired by myth, legends, other fantasy writers?
I read and watch a lot of paranormal/scifi/fantasy stuff. I’ve always been just a little bit obsessed with the paranormal and with myths and legends. A great deal of what I write about comes from things I’ve read about or seen on TV. Sometimes things come to me in dreams or that moment right as I’m falling asleep when my mind is open to all kinds of wonderful possibilities. Of course, I can’t leave anything alone, so if I am writing something mythological I have to tweak it a little bit to suit my own particular flights of fancy.
What’s the story’s main message?
Honestly, I’m not sure I wrote it with a particular message in mind. Except perhaps that things (and people) are often not what they seem. It’s a reminder, in a way, to never judge a book by its cover.
Who is/are the main characters?
The main character, as for all the Sunwalker Saga, is Morgan Bailey. Vampire Hunter extraordinaire.
Of course, every Vampire Hunter needs her posse to back her up, so Morgan’s got her best friend and natural born Witch, Kabita Jones, to watch her back. And let’s not forget the two men in her life; the sexy Sunwalker Jackson Keel and the tasty clairvoyant Inigo Jones. ROWR!
Which character do you admire from this book?
Morgan, naturally. She kicks some serious booty. But also she’s painfully human and fallible and she’s the first to admit it.
Which character surprised you when you wrote him/her?
Actually, several characters surprised me. I had plans and they didn’t want to behave!
I had to go back and rewrite part of Kissed by Darkness (Sunwalker Saga)(fortunately it hadn’t been released yet) because the character of Trevor Daly (government liaison) took a HUGE turn I hadn’t expected in Kissed by Fire (Sunwalker Saga). It’s an awesome turn, though, and I totally love it.
Inigo Jones was never meant to play the integral part he does, but the boy just wouldn’t shut up. What’s a writer to do?
If you could be stranded on a desert island with one of your characters from this novel, which one and why?
Ohhhh … that’s tough. But I have to go with Trevor Daly. Why? ‘Cause he’s HAWT, that’s why. And he’s the only one Morgan wouldn’t kick my butt over.
Which one would you definitely NOT want to be stranded with and why?
Alister Jones would definitely drive me bat guano crazy. I don’t want to give anything away for those who haven’t read the book, but let’s just say our personalities would clash.
What did you learn about yourself when you wrote this book?
That I might, just possibly, be certifiable.
Kidding. Sort of.
The truth is that my imagination never ceases to surprise me. It’s sort of an entity of its own. I also discovered that I really, really enjoy torturing both my characters and my readers. Bwahahaha!
What’s your next project?
I’m just finishing up the first draft of my next novel. This one is part of a totally new series called The Dragon Wars. It’s a post-apocalyptic adventure with sci-fi and paranormal romance elements. Also, there are DRAGONS! It’s called Dragon Warrior and it will be out toward the end of October.
I’m also working on the third book in the Sunwalker Saga, Kissed by Smoke, which will be out before Christmas.
Where can we find your books?
Where can we find you?