Shauna was born and grew up in Bristol, England. She has lived in a number of countries and is now settled in Auckland, New Zealand with her family. Shauna works as a technical writer and instructional designer.
Shauna's novels range from contemporary drama to romantic suspense with the occasional touch of murder and mayhem.
Her latest release, Still Death, is a murder mystery and she is currently writing a romantic drama.
Shauna has a website and blog where she writes about inspiration, writing and publishing and life in general. She is on Twitter and Pinterest, but is one of the few people on the planet who hasn't succumbed to Facebook, suspecting that if she did writing time would fade to minus minutes.
Her novels include:
Still Death - murder/mystery
Lies of the Dead - mystery/thriller
Lives Interrupted - contemporary drama
Driftwood - romantic suspense novella
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'd had articles and short stories published in magazines, and mostly wrote my first novel to prove to myself that I could actually finish a novel. While writing the first novel (Driftwood) I had the idea for Lives Interrupted, and when I finished Driftwood I started on Lives Interrupted immediately, and left Driftwood to languish on my computer.
After finishing and editing Lives Interrupted I sent it out to agents and publishers. I received positive comments about it, and in some cases feedback on some changes I could make. I reworked it and was about to send it back to the publishers when I attended a writer's conference. One of the speakers was Mark Coker, who I have to admit I hadn't heard of at that time. That presentation totally changed my direction and I left the conference certain this was the way to go.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When someone writes or tells me how much they enjoyed one of my books, how they were drawn to the characters and the emotion of the story, or that they couldn't turn the pages fast enough but didn't want to miss a word. That's magic!
I love losing myself in a wonderful story and I've always wanted to be able to create that for other people. It means so much to me when someone tells me I've succeeded.
How well do we know those closest to us? When Liam kills himself, his older brother Tom needs to know why suicide was the only solution.
Tom and his sister Andi search for answers, but don't know who they can believe as they discover Liam's friends and associates aren't the people they claim to be.
This book explains the steps required to format your manuscript for uploading to KDP and Smashwords. It gives practical advice on the Word settings to use, and those to avoid, and includes step-by-step guidelines to produce a clean manuscript ready for uploading.
It also covers the steps required to format your manuscript for a print book using CreateSpace.
The research behind Daniel is excellent, but this is no dry full-of-facts book.
Daniel's life and exploits are shared with the reader in a way that stirs the emotions.
From the New Zealand Land Wars, the hardships of pioneers trying to make their mark in a new land, and family life in rural New Zealand this book covers it all.
I also enjoyed the interlinking 'modern' extracts, and the journey of the narrator in finding this information.
Wren captures the voice of Charlie brilliantly and never misses a beat with it.
This is a wonderful adventure through rural New Zealand, with a wide variety of characters taking part.
Charlie is naïve but tough, and always tries to do what's right, even if it's not always seen that way, and mostly gets her into trouble. The climax builds to a heart-stopping ending.
George has a guardian angel, but he's not so sure he wants one.
Life might have been a bit dull before, but now things are definitely getting out of hand and moving faster than he would like.
Follow George and his wanderings around Panui and meet up with a few old friends.
Wren Harris has set several of her books in Panui, New Zealand, and I loved meeting up with some of the characters introduced in other books. It's like spending time with old friends.
Tessa has an intriguing past, and as we, and Tessa, find out more about events long since buried, but refusing to go away, so the tension builds. An excellent read.