Shiloh, thanks so much for taking the time to be with us today.
Your name is unusual, is it a family name passed down?
LOL… well, I can actually take full credit for this name… it’s a pen name. I just kinda plucked it out of thin air. ;o) And yes, it was mine well before Brad and Angelina had their little girl.
Please tell us a bit about BROKEN, the follow up to FRAGILE….
Well, Broken is kind of a story that almost wasn’t. I didn’t really plan on writing Quinn a book. At least not when I was writing Fragile. Originally, when I was in the ‘planning’ stages of Fragile, Quinn was the bad guy. This is one of the reasons I don’t like to plot. A) I’m not an organized thinker and plotting goes against my nature. B) When I try? Things go wrong. Quinn was supposed to be the bad guy, but he wouldn’t cooperate and Luke didn’t like that idea, either. The more I wrote of Fragile, the more I got to see that Quinn wasn’t bad guy material-a little screwed-up, yeah, but not bad guy. Still, I didn’t plan on giving him a book. The first person to read it after I’d finished it was Lora Leigh and the first thing she asked me was… “Where’s Quinn’s book?” I told her I wasn’t writing one for him. She just laughed and said, “You better. Trust me. People are going to ask when his book is coming out.” And she was right. Plus, the more I got to thinking about, the more ideas got to brewing…
Quinn’s story starts up about a year after the events in Fragile. He’s mostly settled in St. Louis, working as a bounty hunter, something he settled into by chance, more than anything else. He’s getting by day to day and doing fine, right up until he meets a new neighbor-she’s beautiful, and she’s trouble. Quinn doesn’t even realize how much trouble, though, until it’s a little too late. But if you want to know more than that…you’ll need to read the book. ;o)
Do you find yourself “not fit for public consumption” if you don’t write everyday or do you need to get away from it?
Um….I’m very often not fit for public consumption whether I write or not. ;o) I’m constantly reminding myself to behave. But I can’t write every day. That’s the way to burn out for me. I need a break, besides…I’ve got a family and I need to spend time with them. Writing is my job and I enjoy it, but it can’t and won’t come before my family.
Do your characters come to you and dictate the story or are they shaped by the story you want to tell?
Sometimes both. More often than not, it’s like I see it in a movie, playing out in my head and I’m just putting it out in story form.
Is there anything you need to be creative? (chocolate, music, quiet etc..)
Quiet. No kids. I do prefer music, but it’s not a need.
Do you have favorite authors on an “auto buy” list as soon as they have a new release? Willing to share who they are?
Anything and everything by Lynn Viehl and JD Robb. Most stuff by Nora Roberts, and Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Rob Thurman, Jeaniene Frost, Kresley Cole’s Immortal series, Lora Leigh’s Breeds, Nalini Singh are also pretty high on that list.
Having the dual perspective of being an author and a reader, do you think ebooks should cost the same as print books?
No, I don’t think they should cost the same, but there’s a tricky road between making them a value for readers while still making them profitable for the pubs. There’s more to earning a profit than just lining the pockets-profits are what allow publishers to invest in ‘unproven’ or ‘new’ voices, riskier genres, etc. If that profit margin shrinks, we may not see some of those unproven or newer voices, which cuts down on the choices, the reading selections for readers. Plus, the format of the book, print or ebook, is actually not the biggest cost-there’s a lot more that goes into the cost of the book and it’s all pre-production, has nothimgto do with storage, shipping, etc. It’s acquisitions, editing, final line editing, marketing, etc. Those are HUGE costs and they are unchanged regardless of format-readers aren’t always aware of those costs, but they do exist.
Right now, with the changes in the industry and the economy in general, things are in chaos, but I’m hoping as things settle down, the market will adjust and adapt and hopefully publishers will find a workable pricing solution-one that will benefit readers and still allow them to earn the profits they need. I know the talk of profits might sound greedy, but it’s not, not really. It’s realistic. Publishers are businesses and businesses can’t stay in business without earning a profit.
One thing I can say, no ebook, IMO, should ever cost more than the print equivalent.
What are your top 3 pet peeves?
Only three? Eek. People who try to drive while talking on the cell phone, smoking and putting on their make-up…all at the same time. Piracy. Spambots.
Do you have a favorite music genre or is it dependent on your mood
Eclectic. Very, very eclectic. I’ve got music on my iPod ranging from Kenny Rogers to Aerosmith to Elvis. Listen to country, Christian rock, the big hair bands of the eighties and classical music. Just depends on my mood.
Thanks so much for being with us today. I’ve enjoyed learning more about how you create great books for us to enjoy.
Thanks for having me!