Shirley, tell us where you were born
I was born February 7, 1960 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when I was only twelve-years-old. Though quite the culture shock, becoming a barrel racing cowgirl during my teenage years helped me to adapt to the western lifestyle. Utah is my home. I love the people and the mountains. By the way, I was die-hard Steelers football fan up until this year when I learned they signed Michael Vick as the backup quarterback to Big Ben. I’m an animal lover. All of my kids have paws and I’ve adopted them from “kill” shelters. I am so passionate about animals, I simply couldn’t support an organization that rallies around a convicted felon who tortured, maimed, and brutally killed dogs … for entertainment, no less.
How cool is that… What is the most difficult thing about being an author?Â
Exposure! As an indie author, for me, connecting with readers is quite challenging. My greatest fear (and a realistic one) is drowning in obscurity and sinking to the bottom in the sea of a million books, never to be seen again. Thankfully there are successful authors with generous hearts, like you, Anna, willing to throw fellow writers, like me, a life line to help keep us buoyant and visible in the public eye. Thank you!
Amen to that. I too have been helped by others. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
I’m a late bloomer in the world of writing. I was fifty-three-years-old when I launched my first novel,Â Mistaken Trust, in February, 2013. Now, two and a half years later, by the end of September, I will have written and published seven novels and two novellas. However, I could have never accomplished that without the support of my husband, Curtis, who often vacuums, cooks dinner, or goes grocery shopping so I can write; Peggy Beach, a retired English teacher and my BFF who has been my writing tutor and editor; and the abundance of friends who have encouraged me from the get-go — even when my writing really sucked — and continue to encourage me as hone my skills as a storyteller and live my dream.
A greatÂ supportÂ system is always the key to success. Â Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Oddly enough, me! Specifically, my own marketing frustrations as an indie author. However, the idea to put a deadly twist on a publicity stunt “came” to me in the shower one night. Ideas frequently “come” to me when I’m showering, perhaps because I’m relaxed and my mind is open to “receive” creative input.
How interesting, what is the name of your new book?
The Thriller Book Killer â€” Murder: The ultimate publicity stunt
Intriguing, tell us more about it.
Back cover: Tagged “The Thriller Book Killer” by a group of amateur cyber sleuths, they track the serial killer via obituaries as he makes his way across the country, leaving female authors gruesomely murdered in his wake. Indeed, he has mastered the ultimate publicity stunt to catapult authors of thriller novels out of e-book obscurity and onto bestseller lists. All that’s required is to bring the writer’s killer to life then murder the author exactly as described in her book. When the media learns the murder details, (which the killer anonymously supplies) the author’s book rockets to bestseller status overnight.
SynDee Unser, a sexy single author, dreams of becoming a bestselling author. Nannette, her editor and best friend, believes the third thriller book she’s working on, entitled “The Cupcake Monster,” could be the one to garner the extensive fan base SynDee craves.
Unfortunately, SynDee fits “The Thriller Book Killer’s” victim profile. Perfectly. Perhaps, too perfectly. Worse yet, evidence is stacking up that killer is likely someone close to her. Will SynDee identify the real “Thriller Book Killer” before she becomes another of his bestselling authors?
What genre does your book fall under?
Suspense, with a bit of romance.
What other books would you compared to?
The Thriller Book KillerÂ is the first of my books I’d consider PG-13 rated. My other novels are definitely R-rated for mature audiences and those not easily offended by strong language, detailed crime scenes, and a little bit of sex.
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I like to think of myself as an entertainer, however, all of my books carry the underlying message of courage and celebrate the indomitable spirit of women who conquer, thrive, and survive despite the atrocities that befall them.
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m an indie author.
Where can we find your book?Â
E-books and paperback:
Barnes and NobleÂ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22shirley+spain%22
Smashwords (be sure the “adult content” box is checked on the Smashwords page) Â https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=%22shirley+spain%22
and iBooks (unfortunately, I haven’t been able to access iBooks for the link … I guess I need an iPad or iPhone)