Shantal Hiatt Sessions and LDS author’s Interview

What is your typical day like?

My youngest son is still in school, so we’re up early trying to get him out the door. I try to get my exercise in the morning, like a good girl, and then schedule what needs to be done for my family. I’m not a full-time writer—yet—although I’d like to be. After that, I feel like I can sit down and write. Although, some days, I get so wrapped up in my story, I barely acknowledge anyone around me, which I know they find extremely annoyingJ

Been there done that. 🙂 Do you write with music or not?

I love music, but I also love to sing, and I’ve found that I can’t sing and write at the same time. Somehow, that combination of multi-tasking doesn’t work well for me. Usually, I don’t write with music unless it helps me with a scene I’m working on. Epic battle scenes require some serious Lindsey Stirling playing in the background. Sometimes, music lyrics help me channel the romantic aspect in a book better.

I have found that too. What is the title of your book?

Agency is my debut novel. I have finished a second novel, the he soon-to-be-published Shattered Enmity or Unwilling Enemies or The Crown and the Sword. I might just have to have a contest on my blog to see if my readers would like to help me title the book.

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It sound interesting. What inspired you to write this book?

I was a professional model and commercial actress for 12 years. I was raised with pretty conservative values, and I was always surprised when something outrageous happened. I guess I shouldn’t have been so shocked, but I was. I kept a journal of those rambunctious times, which is the basis for Agency.

A professional Model, wow… Tell us more about it?

Michelle Campbell can’t wait to get out of the house. She’s the second of seven kids, most a lot younger. Even college sounds easier. But then there’s this modeling thing. Her boss insisted she has what it takes. As she plunges into a seductive new life in front of the camera, she’s getting an education of a different kind, one that challenges her conservative Mormon upbringing. Complicating it all is a handsome returned missionary who falls hard for her and wants to pull her back. Through all the temptations and distractions, she struggles to keep her balance. When she must eventually make the most important choice of her life, how will she exercise her agency? (PG-13 warning)

Very interesting. What genre does your book fall under?

Romance, chick lit, drama

We love romance. What will be your next project?

I’m very excited about my new book! It’s an epic medieval romance/adventure and I’m done with the writing. I’ve just got to find my future publisherJ Here’s the blurb:

On opposing sides of a great war, two young lovers meet by accident, but fall desperately in love. There is no future in it, but they risk meeting secretly despite two great armies moving closer to mount one final, epic battle. Not knowing who the other is and how important their roles are in the political intrigue, they both move forward with their duties and pray for a miracle.

Where can we buy a copy of Agency?


Barnes and Noble

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