Here is fan art of Emery and Prince Liam. Emery is showing him that magic is real, and that she rocks at it. (Speculated scene)
CB: Today I have an author interview with Shannon Reber! I am always surprised when authors agree to get interviewed on this website, but appreciative. It makes me feel more official!
CB: Hello Shannon and thank you for subjecting yourself to an interview with me!
Shannon: Hey back! Thanks for subjecting me to this!
CB: Not a problem at all! Author interviews tend to consist of 10 questions, so I will not disappoint in that regards and jump right into a question.
CB: What colour of text do you want to represent yourself on my blog? I will make you whatever colour you wish. I personally use green, but if you wanted green to represent you I can switch colours. I am good like that.
Shannon: Ooooh, since I get to choose, blue is my FAVORITE! (And BTW, you’re right, this is a little funky) 🙂
CB: Sorry about the colour shifting algorithm. Hopefully you don’t mind the colour shifting transition text and the flavour of pineapple!
CB: Perfect! Now I will jump into a question that is actually important! You are soon to release a new book series called The Druid Heirs. Book one is called Friends & Foes. I listened to the first chapter on Youtube and it is an interesting start. Can you tell us a little about what this new series will be about?
Shannon: What it’s about, is Emery trying to fulfill the mission her mom gives her, while strange things keep happening around her. It’s fantasy, so guess what! Magic is awakening inside her! *Mouth hangs open.* She’s been looked down on all her life, but after she meets Liam everything starts to change. It’s a classic story of good versus evil, but in this one, good and evil are harder to tell apart.
CB: I had magic awaken inside me once so I can sympathize with Emery (couldn’t walk right for a week)!
CB: Your main character is named Emery, can you tell us a little about her and what makes her particularly protagonisty?
Shannon Emery is fabulous! She’s about five feet tall and what my mom would call “A little firecracker.” She’s got a big mouth, usually snarky, but also funny and SO lovable! She’s seventeen years old and is going to be put through a LOT, where having a good sense of humor will help out a lot, in my opinion. I think that makes her fabulously protagonisty. I actually feel guilty about all the things she’s going to be put through before the end . . . a little. 🙂
CB: We can feel guilty about what our characters go through, but to be fair that is what makes them interesting!
CB: Would you say that you are a lot like Emery, or are you more like one of your other characters?
Shannon: LOL, I was a lot like her when I was seventeen. I spoke first and thought about the consequences later . . . and oh, there were most definitely consequences! I get Emery, simply because she was an outsider, someone her people saw as pathetic. But wish her, there’s something awesome under the surface! She is far more what I wish I had been than what I truly was though.
CB: I will be calling you Shannon ‘Firecracker’ Reber from now on!
CB: Given that we write in slightly different genres, I think it would be a good idea to question you about that target audience for this series. Who would enjoy your books?
Shannon: ROTFL, excellent point. The thing about YA is that everybody reads it. It does tend to be females, but the age range goes from twelve to middle-aged and beyond. My target audience is anyone who wants an escape from reality!
CB: I think that my target audience might be your target audience after they are allowed to go out drinking!
CB: You mention on your Amazon author profile that reading your books can prevent the evil overlord from taking control over your mind. That is a pretty specific bargain that you have with this evil entity (far more specific than other dark pacts that I hear about on the news). Can you tell us more about how you managed to score such a good bargain with this evil entity, and what we can do to when forging our own pacts with unnatural entities of evil?
Shannon: *Evil laugh.* The thing is, the evil overlord is the crazy girl in my head who screams out stories at the worst possible moments. My pact with her is that she lets me speak the truth, if I tell her lies in my books. See how that works. It’s a symbiotic relationship. She says hi, by the way. J
CB: The evil overlord dictating your every action is a girl and is crazy? I think we might have to compare notes about evil overlords. In a lead-lined vault, 67 feet underground, with flickering blue Christmas Lights on the walls, and a typewriter in the middle with the ‘f’ key missing. You know, as per the norm.
CB: Now the question every fan of an author wants to know: We all know that werewolves are part wolf and part human and that other werecreatures exist that follow similar rules (weretigers, and werebudgies for example). If you were going to be bitten by an animal and gain the power to turn into a werecreature, what kind of animal would it be?
Shannon: Ok, so little-known fact about me, I’m legally blind. If I was bitten by an animal, I’d want something with AWESOME vision!! I think I choose an eagle. So uhhh . . . do you know any wereeagles who are looking for someone new to hang out with???
CB: I once knew a para-trooper division of gnome wereeagles, but I am afraid that I haven’t seen them since their show in Lisbon. I think I have an email address somewhere.
CB: Perhaps a serious question next. What is your favourite part of writing books?
Shannon: The escape! The worlds I create are nothing like my own. I get so wrapped up in what I put my characters through, I forget that the real world exists. It’s awesome. Oh and there might be kind of a power trip about being the master-creator of an entire world . . . maybe. 🙂
CB: Bwahahahahaha! Being the lord and master of a world is exhilarating! Watching all the characters bow down before your wonderfully described throne is a feeling… uh… I mean… yeah, that sounds fun!
CB: An even more serious question next. If you were a superhero (or super villain) what would your name be and what powers would you have? Also, what about your costume, would it be cool?
Shannon: My name would have to be The White Eagle, because I’ve already been bitten by a wereeagle. My costume would NOT be leather though. It would have to be some material that moved with me while I flew and fought crime with my trusty sidekick, who’d follow me around and tell me the crimes we needed to stop. Hey! Want to be my sidekick???
CB: That does sound exciting! I can shoot a bow and bake muffins. That doesn’t overshadow your powers!
CB: What is your favourite thing to eat for breakfast?
Shannon: Dude, coffee. I rarely eat food in the morning, but I NEVER miss my coffee! The world would implode if I did!
CB: Please, for the sake of all of humanity do not miss your coffee! I don’t like imploding. Set multiple reminders please!
CB: Do you have any questions for me?
Shannon: What werecreature would you be??? I have to know, since we’re fighting crime together and everything.
CB: Well, for the dynamic of the comic book and eventual movie franchise we normally would want to combine eagles with their natural symbiotic animal friend – the Clydesdale draft horse. They work so well together hunting their joint prey.
CB: Thinking on it though, that doesn’t lead itself naturally to internal conflict and strife, which is all the rage these days. The team dynamic would be more interesting if we paired a wereeagle with their natural foe in the Werecreature vs Undead bloodfued. As you already know, Eagles and Skeletons hate each other, but perhaps over time we will unite our races to face the real evil out there – Wereeagle Skeletons!
CB: Thanks for allowing me to interview you Shannon!
Shannon: Final Statement, if you wish.
Ummm . . . would live long and prosper be too nerdy?? 🙂
CB: No, I believe that is just nerdy enough. 😀
You can find Shannon’s Amazon Page and books here: https://t.co/a6vqulgvtQ
For a sample of the first chapter of Friends and Foes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpPTkXaVpkg
Here is the book blurb for Friends & Foes:
The people of Avalon think that Emery is a disgrace. They all have access to many forms of magic, but Emery has only one. Or that’s what they always believed.
After a brutal war, the new Queen of Avalon sends Emery to the human realm to find the last druid. Emery takes that mission eagerly, certain it’s a sign that, unlike everyone else, her mother may have some faith in her.
Her mission, to find Liam, the illegitimate son of the former king and bring him back to Avalon is no easy feat. Mercenaries are also searching for him, but the biggest problem for Emery, is the linked formed between them when Liam’s power touched her.
Now, she has to figure out what the truth is, who is right, who is wrong, who are friends…who are foes. Can she figure it out before something terrible happens?
Link to Friends & Foes https://t.co/8oDeBGT8a7
Shannon did other interviews that also came out! More fun questions on some of my friend’s blogs! Check them out as well.