Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Interview with Shawntelle Madison and Giveaway - April 25, 2012

Please welcome Shawntelle Madison to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Coveted, Shawntelle's debut, was published yesterday!  Read Shawntelle's Guest Blog - Writing a character with OCD - here.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Shawntelle:  When I am in the zone and a story is pouring out of me, everything around me seems to go to hell. My house gets messy, my wardrobe choices aren’t the best, and dinner every night is a pizza night. I’ve written until my hands hurt and I had to use Dragon Naturally Speaking to get the words out. So, ummm, I guess you could say I’m driven?

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Shawntelle:  The author who has influenced me the most is science fiction author Octavia Butler. I love her work. I read her a lot in high school and I always wanted to write speculative fiction. Some of my other favorites include Marjorie M. Liu, Patricia Briggs, and Lynn Viehl/S.L. Viehl.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Shawntelle:  I’m actually a hybrid. I’m a plotser. I plot out the whole book from a macro prospective, but when it comes to individual scenes anything goes.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Shawntelle:  Finding the time to write when I actually feel like writing. It seems like when I want to write I have plenty of other things to do.

TQ:  Describe Coveted in 140 characters or less.

Shawntelle:  A hoarding werewolf with a house of full holiday trinkets must fight for the love of the man who left her behind & her life.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Coveted?

Shawntelle:  The idea for Coveted came from reading one of my husband’s physician magazines. The article on the cover piqued my interest—it was about obsessive compulsive disorders. I read the article, which include treatment plans and symptoms. I chewed on ideas for a while until I finally asked myself the question, “What would happen if you had a werewolf with OCD?" From that point, the plot and secondary characters emerged.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Coveted?

Shawntelle:  For Coveted I read a lot about antiques—which was very fun. I also got to research a lot of the phobias I mention in the book. Naturally, you can’t do research on how Muses would be afraid of the authors they inspire, but hey, I gave it my best shot. I also watched a lot of episodes of Hoarders, one of my favorite television shows. The transformations of the homes on that show are amazing and inspiring.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Shawntelle:  Nat by far was the easiest character to write. She just comes out of my head like she’s a girlfriend who wants to chat about what irked her that particular day. Actually, none of the other characters were really difficult to write. They spoke and I wrote. LOL

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Coveted?

Shawntelle:  My favorite scene by far is when Nat and her friend Abby go to the store for supplies. They learn something about Nat’s brother Alex that they never saw coming. :D

TQ:  What's next?

Shawntelle:  I hope everyone reads Coveted and checks out Kept, which is a continuation of Nat’s story. That is coming out on November 27th!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

About Coveted and Kept

Coveted 1
Ballantine Books, April 24, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages


For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.

Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.

Read The Qwillery's 4 Qwill review of Coveted here.

Coveted 2
Ballantine Books, November 27, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Fresh from defending her pack in battle, Natalya Stravinsky, a whip-smart werewolf with a lovable neurotic streak, wants a little rest and relaxation. Once an outcast, she’s now eager to rejoin the ranks of her New Jersey pack, and has even gotten a handle on her obsessive urge to hoard holiday ornaments. Yet Nat barely has time to revel in her progress before the next crisis comes howling at her door.

Nat’s father has suddenly gone missing, captured by the Russian werewolf mafia. And as Nat steps up to save her dad from a mob boss’s deadly game, two men step in to play another round for her heart: her gorgeous alpha ex-boyfriend, Thorn, and her new flame, the sweetly sensitive wizard Nick. With her life growing more harried by the minute, Nat must stay cool, calm, and collected . . . or else risk losing everything.

About Shawntelle

Shawntelle loves to write stories where something mysterious always happens. Her stories unfold in either a magical place or she drop kicks her heroine and hero into the mix of crazy magical circumstances. Her characters have been swimming around in her head for the longest of time, but its only recently that she has given into their demands and wrote down their adventures.

Why paranormal? Well, every time she thinks about writing something straight forward she gets caught in the what-if exercise. What if her hero was a werewolf or if her heroine was a nymph? How far could she go down the rabbit hole and not sound crazy? (Yet still be somewhat believable?)

Writing is one of her first loves, besides web development. She is a die hard geek who earned her undergraduate degree in Math from Iowa State University. (She even almost finished a degree in Russian Studies.)

As far as memberships, she’s a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and Romance Writers of America (RWA), in particular the Missouri RWA and Young Adult RWA.

She currently lives in Missouri with her husband and children (the Den of Evil).

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The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Coveted from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is your favorite werewolf from books, movies or TV? 
(You can list more than one!)

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. This is a hard one movies have so many, but from books i have only the Twilight Saga one Jacob Black. Movies well Van Helsing, i don't know if you will count him as a werewolf but Michael from Underworld (part 3-4)and so many more.

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  2. My favorite wereworlf from TV is Alcide Herveaux from Trueblood. Yummy!
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  3. Congratulations on the new release, Shawntelle! I think Derek from Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series is one of my favorite werewolves! He's a lot of fun.

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  4. My favorite werewolf from books are so much, I can make the list and I'm afraid its too long, LOL! But for werewolves from TV/Movies, I love, love Dyson from Lost Girl series. And Van Helsing too :) (at last he transform into werewolf, if that can count)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. I like Anna from Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series

  6. My favorite werewolf from TV would have to be from ABC's Once Upon A Time, little Red Ridding Hood character, because you never saw that she was the wolf,what a twist. :3
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  7. I love Derek from llona Andrews :) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
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  8. Well to gawk at, it would be Alcide from True Blood. From books, it would be Adam Hauptman from Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series r Derek from Ilona Andrews' series.

    GFC Anne38

  9. I love Alcide from True Blood! I also really enjoy Eleana,Clay, and Jeremy from The Other World series by Kelley Armstrong. Thanks for the chance.

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  10. Wolf shifters are my favorite paranormal creatures. I gravitate toward shifter stories. I love the wolf shifters in Lauren Dane's Cascadia Wolves series as well as the very Alpha wolf shifters in Sarah McCarty's Wild Instinct and Running Wild books. As for TV? How can you not love Alcide from Trueblood. Hubba Hubba

    Congratulations on the new release! It sounds like a story I will love.

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  11. I like Jacob Black from Twilight. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.

  12. My fave wolves are Johnny from the Persephone Alcmedi series bt Linda Robertson, Hal Hauk from the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne & Derek from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews!

    Thanks for another amazing giveaway!
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  13. Thanks for a fun interview and giveaway!

    I have to say that right now the only one that comes to mind is Scott Speedman's character in the Underworld movies.

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  14. Congrats on the new release. Coveted sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it. Great interview.
    How about Jacob Black from the Twilight series or Anna and Charles from Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series.
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  15. Charles and Samuel Cornick from the Alpha and Omega and Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

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  16. I love Kitty Norville from Carrie Vaughn's series - she such a great character!

    On TV I still love Oz from Buffy - he's so cool and laid back!

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  17. Hi

    Great post and interview. Congrats on the new release, your book looks great and I am excited to read it.

    My favorite werewolves would have to be Johnny from the Persephone Alcmedi series by Linda Roberston.

    Thanks for the chance.
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  18. hum adam from mercy thomson serie
    dereck from kate daniel serie

    thanks you a lot for this giveaway

    all the best

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  19. +1: Stefan from Wolf Tales is my favorite werewolf!
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  20. My Faves are Alcide from True Blood (of course!), Lora Leigh's Breeds, Emma Holly's Upyr series, Shelly Laurenston's shifters series, Christine Warren's Other series, Jennifer St. Giles Shadowmen Series and Sherrilyn Kenyon's Were Hunters. Thx for the AWESOME giveaway op! :)
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  21. I've not read many PNR so far but I just finished Gail Carriger's Soulless & the hero Lord Maccon was a quite yummy werewolf.

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  22. Definitely Alcide is the best looking as far as TV werewolves goes:)

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  23. I like the werewolves in Anita Blake stories.
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  24. I think I'll go with Clay Danvers from Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series.
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  25. Great interview, Shawntelle! I have to say, I don't make the best wardrobe choices when I'm in the zone either, LOL. I think the internet repair people have seen me in my pajamas more than once. ;)

  26. Favourite werewolf... Oh the choices! I would have to go with Alcide from True Blood, he is the first that pops into my mind.

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  27. My favorite werewolves from books are Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville and Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson. In television it's George Sands, the werewolf in the BBC series Being Human.

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  28. Has to be Alcide from Trueblood.

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  29. I like Xander, Tatiana, and Warren from D.N. Simmons Knights of the Darkness Chronicles series.

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  30. My favorite werewolf was Adam Haupman from Mercedes 'Mercy" Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Thanks for this giveaway:)

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  31. I love Alcide from True Blood and Sam from Wolves of Mercy trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater.
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  32. Am I the only one who prefers Samuel over Adam in the Mercy Thompson series?

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  33. I love Luna from Caitlin Kittredge's series Nocturne City. She is really really tough :)
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  34. that would be Alcide from True Blood

  35. I like Bowen from Immortals After Dark.

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  36. I love Hawke from Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh and Brands from Broods of Fenrir by Coral Moore!! Both so tortured, overwhelming and alpha! :D Thanks for this giveaway!


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  37. I love werewolves :-D And my favourite ones are Elena and Clay from Kelley Armstrong's series, Alcide from the Sookie :-)

    Thank you for the chance!

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  38. Alcide is my favourite! but I also like Clay :)

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