Thursday, April 13, 2017

Shannon Taylor Vannatter | Author Chat

It's getting warmer outside so I'll be doing iced coffee with coconut today, but make sure you've got something to sip on as we chat with Shannon Taylor Vannater today. She is...

...a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife/award winning author. She once climbed a mountain wearing gold wedge-heeled sandals which became known as her hiking boots. Shannon writes inspirational contemporary romance and it took her nine years to get published in the traditional market.
Shannon hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as her characters struggle with real-life issues. Their journeys, from ordinary lives to extraordinary romance through Christ-centered relationships, demonstrate that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her family, flea marketing, and doing craft projects.

Let's get real...

Would you rather live in a story world you’ve created for a year OR live three days in a story world someone else has created? If second option, which story world?
Mine. That way I’d be sure to get a happy ending.

How many words do you write a day? 
If it’s a bad day – 1,000. If it’s a good day and things are flowing – 2,000 to 2,500. The most words I’ve ever written in a day was 6,500. The story was flying from my fingertips. I wish that would happen more often.

Least favorite food?
Spinach or turnips. Entirely too green. I figure that must be what grass tastes like.

If you were forced to do karaoke what song would you pick?
Amazing Grace. My son has fought sleep since he was three weeks old. I used to rock him to sleep and sing Amazing Grace. It was the only song I knew all words, all the verses, and I could sing over and over. When he was a toddler, he hated the song because he knew it meant sleep. He’s fifteen now and still hates to go to bed, but he is learning to appreciate the power of a good night’s sleep.

If your book became a movie, who would you cast for your main characters? For Landry – Isla Fisher. I used her for inspiration while I wrote the book. For Chase, I don’t know this cowboy’s name. I found him on Pinterest.

What is your favorite mode of transportation: plane, train, or car?
Car. I’ve never flown and don’t plan to. I never liked the idea of it and a plane crash in the Florida everglades several years back cinched it for me. Imagine surviving a crash to be eaten by crocodiles. Shiver. I’ve never rode a train either, but that might not be so bad. I’m not afraid of dying since I know where I’m going. But I’d prefer to go peacefully, not in panic mode.

What’s one thing you must have/do in the morning?
Coffee. I can drink it any time, even right before bed, and it doesn’t keep me awake. But it seems to help me wake up in the morning. And I’m so not a morning person.

What does a ‘normal’ day look like for you?
During the school year, I get up at seven, which hurts me since I’m a night owl. I zone out while my son gets ready for school since that’s all I’m capable of at that hour. I hug him before he leaves and my husband takes him to school. My husband is a full-time pastor, so he hangs out at the church or visits people most days. I wear an oversized T shirt and big stretchy shorts or warm ups. I brush my teeth and hair. I’m at the computer by 8:00. I write until 2:00, then get dressed in my public clothes and put my makeup on.

I don’t answer the door before 2:00 unless you’re here to fix my air-conditioning or my internet. Not because it’s my writing time, but because I don’t let anyone other than close family see me unfixed. I’ve always been that way. We pick up our son from school, then we go somewhere or come back home. If home, my husband and I usually work on flea market projects for our booth or some home remodeling project, while our son fishes or hangs with friends. By seven or eight, we’re finished with our projects. We visit or watch movies together until ten or eleven.

In the summer, I get to live my night owl tendencies. I get up at ten, spend most days with my family, then write from ten until two a.m.

Question for Readers: Are you a morning person or night owl? What kind of schedule do you keep?

Connect with Shannon...

Giveaway details: Comment to enter the drawing for a copy of Winning Over the Cowboy. Eleven copies will be split among names drawn during the blog tour from April 3 -20. One winner will receive a fishing themed memory board personally crafted by the author. This fabric is special because my son loves to fish as do the characters in the book. Great for displaying kids or grandkids or as a gift for the little fisherman in your life. Deadline April 27th. Winners will be revealed on the author’s blog on April 29th. Go to my website and sign up for my newsletter to enter more giveaways and get a free book download.

The Rancher Stakes His Claim

When she inherits half a dude ranch after losing her best friend, Landry Malone is determined to see Eden's legacy flourish. That is if her friend's broad-shouldered cowboy brother will give her the chance. Chase Donovan isn't happy that his sister left their family business to an outsider—and he's determined to test Landry's mettle, hoping she'll give up her claim. Soon Chase is impressed by Landry's ability to rise to every challenge he puts in her way—and worried that his attraction to the perky spitfire seems to know no end. Finally working together to ensure the ranch's future, will their business partnership be the foundation for something more?

Purchase: Winning Over the Cowboy

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