Thursday, December 9, 2010

Today I have Courtney Rene author of Shadow Dancer (Review Here)

About The Author

Quite the fan of reading even as a small child, Courtney Rene one day decided that reading other peoples stories was not enough for her and decided to writer her own. Courtney Rene lives in Ohio, with her husband and two children, two dogs, a cat, several hamsters and a plethora of fish. Along with her novel, Shadow Dancer, just recently released (09/2010) through, her works can also be found in several magazines in the form of articles and stories, as well as several anthologies. She loves hearing from her readers. Please feel free to contact her at or check out her website and blog


1. With the popularity of Vampires, Werewolves, and Faeries these days, why did you decide to go with Shadow Walkers?
For that very reason, actually. I didn't want to be one of the masses in the paranormal genre. I wanted something new and diffrent and not so overdone that aside from diffrent characters, the story was the same.

2. The book is soft and sweet, there is no hardness to it (other then the fighting) did you intentionally want to keep it clean?
I didn’t set out for it to be a “clean” book. Sunny was just that kind of girl. Sadly in book two of this series, she has lost some of that innocence. She has had to become harder and darker. I think I will miss the old Sunny even as I cheer on the new.

3. What character was the hardest to work on? Who was the easiest?
Gavin and Austin were the hardest to write. Austin was supposed to be a hard-ass and he kept coming off as a clown. Gavin the same, and he ended up being a sweet heart with a crush. They just wouldn’t do what I wanted them to do. I finally had to let them have their way.
The easiest to work on was Sunny. She has such snark and sarcasm that I enjoyed her and writing about her was fun.

4. What was the hardest part of writing Shadow Dancer? 
The grammar. I could write the story, easily in fact, but getting it grammatically correct was horrible for me. The agony I went through to get it right, was at least worth it in the end as Shadow Dancer turned out even better with the extra work.

5. What character do you find you are most like?
I am Tara. That girl is me. I wanted to make her part a bit bigger in the story, but in the end, Shadow Dancer  is not about Tara, so her part is small.

6. During the writing process, what kept you motivated?
I didn’t have to stay motivated for this novel. Shadow Dancer literally spilled out of me like water. The story was easy. I would finish a scene and the next was already working around in my brain ready to write as well.

7. Are you currently working on a sequel?
Yes! It is titled, Shadow Warrior. I am only about 4,000 words away, from being done with the first draft. This main landscape of this book is held in Acadia. Sadly some of the sweetness is lost in this installment. It’s a darker book, as it has a bit of evil wrapped inside it. Plus Sunny is older so her wants and worries are different than they were in Dancer. Warrior is turning out to be a really good story. It’s exciting and sad all at the same time. I wonder how it will end?

8. Any thing you would like to add, or say to your readers?
Thank you, so very much. For many things: just reading my book, for letting me know what you think, and for supporting me in general. I hope I continue to deserve it.

Fun Stuff:

Favorite Dessert?
Harry and David Gummy Bears. Seriously. 

Favorite Animal? 
Right now it’s the wolf, but that’s because I have a wolf novel that I have just about complete and ready to start submitting out for publication. I have spent loads of time studying them over the past year and they are just wonderful creatures.

Any place you would love to visit? 
Oooh I have a list: Scotland, Ireland, Rome, Greece, and Australia. Then after I visit all of those, I would like to see England, Austria, and Italy. So I need loads of people to buy my books so that I can get started on these journeys. Otherwise, I will be happy with just having a few days in Hawaii to lay in the sunshine.

What is the one thing you could not live without?  
 Chapstick….I have little tubes of them everywhere. Literally. They are currently in my coat pocket, in my desk, in my purse, and in the medicine cabinet. I can’t live without the stuff. Currently I am using Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm, as it’s a more ‘organic’ choice.

I would like to thank Courtney for taking her time to talk to me and give such a great interview. Shadow Dancer is a delightful read. You can pick up the paperback or ebook version on Amazon or from RoguePhoenixPress

1 Comment:

  1. aobibliophile™ said...
    hi LunaMoth! thanks for the happy thoughts. it sure was fun and exciting. great job on your interview as well. the fun stuff part was really cool. like Courtney, i can't live without lip balms too. lol.

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