AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: JUNE SHAW
June Shaw has stopped by to chat with the JR Bunnies…
My newest book is Red Skies, published by Whiskey Creek Press.
Tell us a little about Red Skies. What inspired you to write it?
It will remind some readers of The Notebook, this book takes place mainly around the area in which I live — South Louisiana. The people, customs, and settings are extra special. Their stories encompass three generations with lust, betrayal, loss, love and redemption.
Outdoorsman Sam Halson’s life has little meaning ever since his wife died and their estranged son left Louisiana’s bayous and took his bride to Germany.
When Sam discovers his son fathered a boy, he gains new purpose—to see the
only grandchild he’ll ever have. But his son thwarts each of his attempts.
Exhilarating newcomer Grace Owens moves to Sam’s town of Green Bayou and
forces Sam to deal with secrets and new pleasures of love while he tries to maintain contact with the growing boy through letters exchanged with his daughter-in-law. Sam addresses his letters Dear Matthew, and she addresses hers Dear Paw Paw Sam.
Needing help from their women, Sam and his son must uncover past hurts and learn to forgive and love with all their hearts before it’s too late.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
Both. I have ideas for what will happen, but as my characters come to life, I allow them to lead me into their delightful situations.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I write in a variety of genres. I’ve sold a series of romantic mysteries. My main character is a spunky widow who thinks she wants to avoid her hunky lover so she can rediscover herself. But he opens Cajun restaurants wherever she travels – and she is so bad at avoiding tempting dishes and men. So it’s a mystery. But with humor and a hot hunk with Cajun food. What more could you ask for?
My publisher released the books in the series, Relative Danger, Killer Cousins, and Deadly Reunion, in hardcover. They will be re-released as e-books in July, August, and September.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
Wow, what a question. I have to say each of my characters comes to life, and I don’t want to leave them. Ever. They are all my favorites.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
It’s probably the son in Red Skies. There are love stories between three generations woven into this book. The son’s motivations are probably most complex.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
My squeeze Bob is a warm Cajun outdoorsman who’s a terrific cook. He’s great fun to be around and makes me laugh a lot. (No, you can’t have him!) He’s given me info about the swamps and Germany, and whenever I need recipes for a book in my mysteries, he jots some down. When I ask him about making love, he’s shooting his hand up, volunteering. When he needed to go to our hospital to discover whether his bladder cancer had returned, his urologist wanted a favor from him to play a joke on the nurses, and knew Bob would do it. You can see Bob entering the hospital for his procedure in a pig costume at my website, www.juneshaw.com. (And I had to walk in with him : ) The nurses and doctors loved it!
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
It’s difficult to revise, to be objective about your own work and cut things that you wrote out.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I used to water ski with a team in our city’s main bayou and perform water ballets with three other teen girls.
What TV Shows are you addicted to?
Scandal, Nashville, The Good Wife, Gray’s Anatomy, and the singing shows. I will never miss a Saints football game. Ever.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
When I wake up, I read “Daily Words,” then grab a cup of coffee, and I’m at the keyboard.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
I often listen to really soft country music. My stories don’t have a theme song, but that’s a good idea. Maybe the next one will.
Where were you when you got your first contract? Who did you tell first?
I grabbed the mail at home and wow! There it was! I called my squeeze Bob and then all five of my kids.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
I was probably twelve.
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
I love so many authors I can’t name just one. But one I’ll run for is Janet Evanovitch’s since it makes me smile (and it’s got Ranger.)
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and/or an all time favorite?
I recently saw The Notebook again and loved it.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I’m finishing a romance for adults, Mardi Gras Madness.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
I’d write with Nicholas Sparks. He’s good – and he’s cute.
How do you pick your characters names?
They come to me. Sometimes I’ve tried to change a name, but it doesn’t work. I know the name the characters have is what it’s supposed to be.
Do you prefer the love at first sight approach or a steady growth throughout?
Both. I’m ready to publish Mardi Gras Madness, in which the main character teaches Romeo & Juliet to teens and has warned them that love at first sight doesn’t exist – and struggles to believe it once it happens to her.
Where can readers find you?
Please join me at www.juneshaw.com, https://www.facebook.com/june.shaw.338?ref=tn_tnmn
and @juneshaw on Twitter.
And for the silly side –
What is your favorite type of chocolate?
Yum, give me a milk chocolate Hershey’s with almonds.
Ranger or Morelli
Yum again — Ranger. And you know why. He’s hot!
Thanks so much for having me! I enjoyed your questions and love to hear from readers. June