A little while ago I was part of a blog tour and connected with the author. Funny story, she reached out to me about my review of the book and boy was I nervous! Thinking I had deeply offended her and giving myself a huge mental face palm. On the contrary! She appreciated the honesty ❤ and we began discussing the book. Many emails later and we corroborated an interview to share with you guys!
I’ve been hiding from the Guild since I was born.
If they knew about my magic, they would kill me in a heartbeat.
I should be avoiding them, but instead, I enter the Guild as a regular human recruit.
Papa went missing after a mission, and I need answers.
I realize I might have bitten off more than I can chew when my new instructor is the guy I kissed a few months before.
It doesn’t seem like Cade recognizes me without my disguise, but if he does and blows the whistle, I’m as good as dead and so is Papa.
As a child I always wanted to be a Librarian. That didn’t happen (hah!) but even then, I knew my life would revolve around books. How did you choose the career path of being a writer? Was it something you always wanted to do?
I have always been obsessed with reading. I had a difficult childhood and reading helped me escape into other worlds. When I was young, I used to write all of these (awful) fantasy stories, but I stopped writing for many years. I didn’t consider it a realistic goal.
Right before becoming pregnant with my triplets did I start really writing again. The Assassin’s Daughter was published when my babies were just nine months old.
Having read The Assassins Daughter myself I can say that it is incredibly unique and full of action. How did you come up with the idea for the Hybrid Chronicles?
It honestly came from me wanting to read a book with magic and vampires that wasn’t like everything I’d already read. I love assassins and anything action, so it all tied together in The Hybrid Chronicles.
Since TAD release, what is one thing that surprised you about the whole publishing and writing process? Was it what you were expecting?
Not that I really expected all of the work to be finished when I typed The End, but it didn’t occur to me just how much you need to do AFTER finishing the actual book. The different sites to publish the book, and everything to do with marketing; keywords, campaigns, platforms, etc…
From your website I can see that you have a few other books in the works. How many books can your readers look forward to in the Hybrid Chronicles?
I am currently working on the third and final installment of Lenna’s story, and I just published a prequel novella of Sofia’s history before the Guild!
Once the third installment is published, I am releasing a companion novel to The Assassin’s Revenge, which follows a character named Kasai. She is introduced at the end of The Assassin’s Revenge.
That comes out to:
- Three books with Lenna as the MC
- One Prequel novella starring Sofia.
- One (possibly two) companion novel featuring Kasai.
What made you decide to write a prequel for Sofia and not Lenna?
All of my beta readers and editors wanted to hear about her story. Also, I felt it would be more interesting to read. Lenna was stuck at home alone most of her life.
How do you balance being a mother of three and being an author? That’s incredible!
Sleep training. Once the babies go to sleep, I can focus on writing. I also have to cook, clean, and do laundry. Thankfully my husband, Nati, does a lot to contribute as well.
What is your favorite genre of books to read?
Definitely fantasy. All types, but high and urban are my all-time favorites. If I’m having a “down” day, I’ll read Nicholas Sparks, or John Green.
When I read, I find that there always needs to be snacks and a refreshing drink on hand. Do you have any fun habits like that when you read or write?
Much to my husband’s chagrin when he sees our credit card statements, I tend to order sushi whenever I get into a big writing marathon. It is such a random snack food, I know.
Thank you, Shana, for spending time with me and my readers today ❤ I’ve really enjoyed corresponding with you on this!
My name is Lenna Turgenov, and I’m an assassin.
I decided to stay at the Guild undercover, itching for revenge.
They killed Papa, and now they need to pay.
The Guild has a dirty secret, one I’m determined to bring out into the light.
They’ve been hunting innocent vampire-human hybrids, a species the regular world has no clue even exists.
Can I avenge Papa and save the hybrids before the Benefactor catches on and kills us all?
Shana has recently published the sequel, The Assassins Revenge on October 15th. Which I am currently reading and have been eagerly anticipating! I can’t wait to see where things are going to take Lenna next!
I really enjoyed coming up with the questions for the the interview. The answers I enjoyed more though! It’s been such a treat getting to know and talk to Shana. She is a sweet person and was ever obliging to anything I might need for this. Even offering a live video interview!!!! I didn’t choose that route because a.) I’m a chicken and b.) we live on separate continents with conflicting time zones, it would have been a bit trickier. Though she was very willing to do this!
I look forward to working with her on anything else if given the chance! She is truly a gifted author.
If you’re reading this, Thank you!!! ❤