Monday, December 27, 2010

Meet and Greet: Shannon Taylor Vannatter

Book Giveaway Drawing!
Read the details later in this post.



Shannon Taylor Vannatter married her high school sweetheart. Since then her husband answered the call to preach and they became first-time parents 16 ½ years into their marriage. 26 years later, she is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife/writer. When not writing, she runs circles in the care and feeding of her husband Grant, their eight-year-old son, and their church congregation. Home is a central Arkansas zoo with two charcoal gray cats, a chocolate lab, and three dachshunds in weenie dog heaven. If given the chance to clean house or write, she’d rather write. Her goal is to hire Alice from the Brady Bunch.

Her series with Heartsong Presents launched in May with White Roses, followed by White Doves in October, and White Pearls in January. Each title releases to the 10,000-member Heartsong book club before releasing to stores six months later. All three books are set in Romance and Rose Bud, Arkansas. Brides and lovebirds take advantage of the re-mailing program to have wedding invitations and Valentines cards mailed from Romance with a unique postmark. Romance also hosts several annual weddings with Valentine’s Day the most popular date.


BRC: How would you describe White Pearls?

Shell Evans and Ryler Grant are both unsaved, drifting and searching. They've had a previous intimate relationship and fell for each other, but it scared them to death because they've always been no string types. When they're forced to work together, restoring a historical plantation into a bed and breakfast, they've realized their lives are empty, but they don't know what to do about it. It's the story of two lost souls who have tried everything to feel complete, yet they're still empty.

What message do you hope your book conveys? 

That we all have a God-shaped hole in our souls and we'll never be complete until we accept Christ.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book? It was fun and different writing both a hero and heroine who were unsaved. Exploring their darkest thoughts and immorality. Writing a character with no moral code opens up lots of possibilities, but I didn't want to go far enough to offend anyone. It was a delicate balance.

What did you dislike most about writing this book? When it ended. Back when I was writing the first book in the series, White Roses, I thought Hmm, I'd like to explore the blond bimbo and convert her. It was fun slowly changing her and watching her blossom.

What inspired you to become a writer? 

I've answered this question before in a previous interview here, so I'll expand. I couldn't find any clean romances anymore and didn't know the inspirational market existed. At the same time, I had a story in my head from the time I was 15. I'd replay it over and over, but didn't know what to do with it. Finally, 15 years later, I realized it could be a book. And it was, my first really badly written manuscript. Maybe someday I'll try to rework it with what I know now.

BRC: What are you working on now? 

I'm reworking a rodeo series and a longer romance between an estranged married couple.
What books do you enjoy reading? Inspirational romance. I don't get to read as much anymore, but I really like Christine Lynxwiler's books and I've only read one of Annalisa Doughty's, but I really enjoyed it.
Where can readers buy your book? As of January, it will be available through heartsongpresents.com. It will hit stores and Amazon in July.
Learn more about Shannon and her books at http://shannonvannatter.com. Her blog, The Inkslinger, features true love stories, inspirational author’s real-life romances, insight into the love lives of their fictional characters, book excerpts, romantic destinations, and weekly book giveaways at http://www.shannonvannatter.com/blog. Her group blog: http://www.inkspirationalmessage.com features ten writers on life and writing. She’s active on Facebook: facebook.com/shannontaylorvannatter and Twitter: @stvauthor.

Book Giveaway Drawing: Shannon Taylor Vannetter will give away a free copy of  White Pearls to a reader of this blog. To enter, leave a comment to this post. If you are a follower of Book Readers Central and tell me so in a separate comment, I'll give you an extra chance to win. 

Please include a valid email address in an anti-spam format (example: youremailhandle[at]gmail[dot]com]) or your entry will become invalid. Entries will be accepted until this Saturday at midnight (Pacific Time/US). 

I'll announce the winner on Book Readers Central on Friday. The winner must respond within two weeks of notification. Detailed rules of giveaways on Book Reader's Central are located in the footer of this blog.

©2010 Janalyn Voigt, author of novel books

14 comments:

  1. Please enter me in the drawing for this book!!
    Thank you!!
    Lisa Nelson
    storyreader617[at]gmail.com

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  2. Sounds like another great book! Looking forward to the reworked rodeo series too!

    bsbykf at hotmail dot com

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  3. Hi Lisa & Kim,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    I'm looking forward to the reworked rodeo series too. I love this story. It's set in Texas which is my second favorite state, next to Arkansas. My husband was born in Texas and still has family in San Antonio, so we've visited there a lot.

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  4. Janalyn,

    Thanks for having me again. I enjoyed the interview.

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  5. I would love to win Shannon's book. It would be my first by her.

    I follow via email.

    Thanks.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  6. Thanks to all who comment. There's still time to enter! Due to the holiday rush, I've extended the time frame for this giveaway and will announce winners next Monday.

    It's always a pleasure to host you, Shannon.

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  7. Really enjoyed this interview. Please enter me. Thank you.

    Lourdes11743[at]gmail[dot]com

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  8. Hi Linda,
    Glad you popped in.

    Lourdes,
    I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. I did too.

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  9. Hi Shannon, I love your story line and would love to read your books. Thanks for this opportunity to enter. Enjoyed your interview.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  10. I am email subscriber

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  11. Hi misskallie,
    I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. It was fun.

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  12. Thanks, everyone, for entering. Followers of Book Readers Central, please remember to tell me so in a separate comment for an extra chance to win. To select a winner, I'll assign a separate number to each of you, and then use a randomizer to determine the winner. It's less confusing to me to count separate comments. There's still time to enter those separate comments as I've extended the entry period. TIA!

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  13. I HAVE BEEN HEARING SUCH GREAT THINGS ABOUT YOUR BOOKS! I LIVE AND WORK HERE IN HEBER SO I'M GOING TO TRY TO GET TO KATHYS BOOK NOOK SOON SO I CAN GET THEM! THEY SOUND WONDERFUL! GOOD LUCK IN ALL YOU DO AND GOD BLESS!!!

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  14. Hey Kesha,

    Thanks so much for the compliment! I love to hear from neighbors. I'll be at Kathy's on February 12th. Would love to meet you.

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