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Author Q&A with Shannon Work
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Most people don’t know I was a real estate developer before I was an author, and that one of my developments won a national Best in America Living Award. I tried writing two different novels during the years I was working and raising my three children, but I never finished them. After I retired, I decided to try writing a novel again, but I kept it a secret from my family. They were very surprised when I told them I had finally finished a book. Now they’re my biggest fans!
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I’m an Agatha Christie fanatic. In fact, I delayed publishing my first novel, Now I See You, so that it would be published on Agatha Christie’s birthday (September 15th). I love that my first novel was published on her birthday! I have read Christie’s autobiography, several of her biographies, and many of her books.
What are some of your pet peeves?
Probably my biggest pet peeve as a reader is when an author will change character points of view within the same scene. It stops me dead on the page—a huge distraction.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I grew up in Del Rio, Texas, on the US-Mexico border. My family has ranched the country around Del Rio since the 1880’s. I’m a seventh generation Texan, my family came here in 1832 when Texas was still a part of Mexico. Y si, hablo espanol!
If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I would spend it with my family. (And I’d probably eat lots and lots of strawberry Twizzlers and gummy bears!)
Who is your hero and why?
I have two author heroes—Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark. Both overcame personal hardship, pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. At the same time, they were kind and generous people with family and friends who loved them.
What are you passionate about these days?
Animal rescue. There are so many animals currently in shelters that need their furever homes. My heart breaks for them all. #AdoptDontShop
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Read! I really enjoy reading outside when the weather is nice.
How to find time to write as a parent?
Last year my husband and I became empty nesters. It has made finding the time to write so much easier. But I miss my kids!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I probably first considered myself a writer after I published my first novel, Now I See You, and started getting positive feedback from strangers. Of course my family and friends were going to say they loved it, but when I started getting 4 and 5 star reviews from total strangers, then I finally thought I had a little street cred.
Do you have a favorite movie?
I have lots of favorite movies. At the top of my list are Gone With the Wind, The Godfather, Tombstone, The Patriot, and American President. My taste is eclectic!
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I once spent six hours in the library at the University of South Carolina studying John Jakes’s working papers that are archived there. John Jakes wrote historical fiction and is still one of my favorite authors.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I would like for readers to know that my books are written in the same genre as Mary Higgins Clark. She was one of my favorite authors, and before I wrote my first novel, I read dozens of her books to learn how to craft stories similar hers. I wanted to write faced-paced mystery novels with intriguing twists and turns, but without any gory violence or sex. I call my books PG-13. Readers of all ages have loved them!
Everything to Lose
Mountain Resort Mystery Series Book 2
by Shannon Work
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
When the truth could cost you everything… Sometimes murder is the only way out.
When her husband is found dead in their Vail, Colorado mansion, Victoria Banks is accused of murder. Determined to prove her innocence, she hires famed detective Jack Martin to help find the real killer.
But when the two uncover a sinister plot some would kill to keep secret, could it cost both of them their lives?
With a growing list of suspects, can Jack find the killer in time to prove Victoria’s innocence? Or will he discover his beautiful client is actually guilty of murder?
From the mountain luxury of Vail, Colorado, to the oilfields outside Denver, Everything To Lose is a page-turning story of murder and greed.
Now I See You
Mountain Resort Mystery Series Book 1
Two murders. A terrified mountain resort. Can a daring reporter help stop an avalanche of dead bodies?
Celebrity TV anchor Georgia Glass wants out of Denver and far away from her obsessed fan. Set to host her own investigative crime show in LA, she’s surprised to inherit a Victorian house in Aspen from a mysterious uncle she never knew. But while exploring the gothic property, she discovers the frozen corpse of a missing heiress.
Georgia’s journalist instincts kick in and she is determined to help police track down the killer. But by investigating the murder, has she made herself the killer’s next target?
Can Georgia help solve the case before she becomes the next victim? Or will the stalker that followed her to Aspen get her first?
Now I See You is a fast-paced whodunit set amidst the spectacular scenery of Aspen, Colorado, and the first book in the suspenseful Mountain Resort Mystery series.
Shannon Work grew up in Del Rio, a border town in the dusty wilds of West Texas. When she graduated from high school, she moved east to College Station and graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Land Economics and Real Estate.
Most of her working life has been spent developing real estate, earning a national Best in America Living Award for one of her developments. After two failed starts at writing a novel while raising three kids and working, she retired to pursue her dream of writing mystery novels full time.
Shannon and her husband are recent empty nesters and split their time between Houston, Texas and Telluride, Colorado. Always with their laptops and dogs in tow.
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Great interview, I am not familiar with this author, but I am adding these books to my TBR, they sound like they are right up my alley.
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Thank you, Carla! If you read them, I hope you enjoy them! 🙂
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