March 20, 2013

An Interview with Author Shawna Romkey

I'm really excited to welcome Shawna Romkey to my blog today. Shawna and I are both members of Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada and we, coincidently, signed our first book deal on the very same day. Shawna has kindly agreed to answer some questions today about herself and her first book! 

Thanks for stopping by, Shawna! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how and when you decided to start writing your first novel.
I’m a transplanted American living in Nova Scotia. I have two dogs and two boys and a husband of 10 years. I’m a member of the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada and teach marketing at a community college.

I started writing when I was 5 after my first trip to the elementary school library.

What is your novel about and what inspired you to write it?
Speak of the Devil is about a high school girl who loses two friends in a car accident, runs away and falls into depression. She then meets a strange group of students at her new school her are oddly interested in her and her life, and they are falling in ways themselves.

I was inspired to write it based on something that happened in my life. Three of my friends were killed in a car accident in high school. At a time in your life where nothing is definite and emotions are intense, something like that is unfathomable and I remember I wasn’t equipped to cope with it.

Describe a typical day in your life.
I work part time, so on the days I’m off, I get up, get the kids and husband off to school and work, then I start laundry, feed the mutts and go back to bed to write. Afterwards I try to tidy up and exercise before going to get the kids after school. On days I work, I get up and go. I have early classes. I run errands after, come home and crash. In the evenings hubby, and I curl up on the couch and watch our shows and read.

Plotter or pantser? What is your writing process?
Plantster. :P I outline a story, but it changes as I go and the characters tell me secrets I didn’t know about which makes it better than I’d first pictured it. Plus after about a gazillion revisions, the story is quite different from how it started.

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.
If they don’t know it, it’s probably because it’s either too boring to mention or I didn’t want them to know it in the first place. :P

Who is your favorite character in your novel and why?
Luc and Lily. They’re both pretty complex and going through a lot of different struggles and emotions. He’s strong and trying to keep the team together, but is having trouble keeping his own faith. Lily’s world has crashed around her, leaving her not knowing whoshe is and what to believe anymore.

Describe you main character’s idea of a perfect date?
She’d just like to go for a walk in the woods with Luc, maybe just hang out in the theatre rafter with him having pizza or something. If he’s her date, the rest doesn’t really matter.

If you could be a character in any book, who would you be and why?
This is the hardest question ever. Most characters have been through or will go through hell. Maybe Daenarys in Game of Thrones, but any character in George RR Martin is bound to suffer greatly. Having three dragons would be cool though.

What is your favorite line in your book?
Luc on explaining guardians to Lily. “Sometimes the child is the guardian.” I don’t want to explain it too much because it may spoil it.

What are you working on now?
I’m finishing up the second book in the series. It’s called The Devil Made Me Do It and takes Lily to a very dark place. It’s the middle book in the series, so it’s the Empire strikes back of the books…. The demons strike back! 

You can read more about Shawna's book below. Happy reading!

What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?

High school junior Lily Tyler dies along with her two best friends in a car accident, but miraculously she comes back to life several minutes later. Unable to deal with her loss and her survivor’s guilt, she moves to her dad’s. While there trying to heal from this tragedy and come to terms with the event, she meets some people at her new school who are all too eager to help her. Struggling to fight her feelings for two of these strange new acquaintances, Luc and Mo, she finds out their true identities.

Lily must move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, and find a way to stop a divine war with the fallen angels, all while trying to pass the eleventh grade.


  1. Thanks for having me over today and hiding an Easter egg!

  2. You're welcome! Glad to be part of the hunt.

  3. I only got a moment to stop by now, but I really enjoyed the interview, Sara and Shawna! I love your insistence that what we don't already know is either too boring or too top secret. That just makes you more intriguing!