Shah Wharton

Biography

Author Shah Wharton hails from the West Midlands area of England and has recently returned home after living in Dubai for the past several years.

Shah's appreciation for literature began at an early age after her father introduced her to the world of poetry. Poe's works kindled a love for the dark and macabre, and today she favours genres with those elements in prominent roles. She has written several horror short stories, assorted poems, and ghostwritten endless erotic romances. Her debut novel, Finding Esta: The Supes Series Book One blends paranormal mystery and urban fantasy, perfectly highlighting her love for the supernatural.

A psychology graduate who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2005, Shah knows the intricacies of mood and human behaviour. She continues to flourish as an author, despite her struggles, and is an advocate for mental health awareness. And while her works are fictional, her characters are written to subtly represent the very real effects of mental illness. These are the kind of people Shah understands and who interest her.

Even though she deals with dark topics, she approaches the subject with positive enthusiasm. She loves learning from other writers and often supports their work online. Her website also offers author services, such as ghostwriting and promotion. Currently, Shah is working on Finding Luna: The Supes Series Book Two, romance shorts for others, and some released under a pseudonym, and several horror shorts.

Shah loves fan mail, live music, great movies and a glass of the red stuff--that's wine, not blood. But everything feels possible while snuggling up to her husband and their mammoth, longhaired German Shepherd, affectionately named after Shah's favourite musician and poet, Bob Dylan.

Please visit www.shahwharton.com to stay in touch or follow Shah @shahw1 on Twitter.

TAGS: New Adult / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / UK / Horror / Short Reads

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in various places situated in the West Midlands area of the United Kingdom. The industrial centre of the working classes was mostly left-wing and not too well off. My parents divorced when I was 7 years old and I had difficult relationships with my father, my step-father and my older brother. I have always been painfully introverted, which made me a prime target for bullies throughout four schools, and at some point I also developed bipolar disorder.

Therefore, the darkness of my childhood has certainly influenced my personality and ultimately, my writing. I tend to enjoy reading and writing about deep, dark characters who get by in spite of life's difficulties, and in fantastical worlds. This appeals to my love of fantasy and escapism, but I don't allow my characters to be depressing... there must always be a little humour. :)
When did you first start writing?
My father got me into writing poetry as a child and it all grew from there. It was just a very private form of catharsis for most of my life, and I never intended to actually publish any of it. But then I discovered webook.com. I shared my poems and gained a following. Then I branched out into flash fiction challenges, then short story challenges, and got bitten by the bug of fiction writing. Then I followed a lot of my pals from that site and started up my own blog. From there I have learned so much about the craft of writing (and continue to do so) and about the indie-publishing revolution. I found so many talented indies and thought, if they can do it, what's stopping me? Let's give it a go. :)
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Smashwords book reviews by Shah Wharton

  • What Kills Me on Aug. 24, 2012
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    ...and the elderly woman standing behind the steaming cart grinned a toothless grin, her face folding like an accordion. The line above is a small example of Wynnes' use of language. I love the image this brings to mind, it does it so simply. I wished I'd highlighted more for you, but I was too interested in read the book. Along with her use of language and original descriptions, the two main characters and their story arc, the overall plot and the character arcs were all excellently done. The heroine managed to be both feminine, charming and cute, as well as kick-ass when circumstances required it. The hero came around slowly, but finally fell for the charms of Axelia, including her strength and capacity for compassion. I loved watching how their relationship unfolded, and how they bounded, steadily, by the end of the novel. It wasn't romance in the slushy, love at 1st sight sense. These guys were thrown together and `found' they had feelings for one another through friendship, sparks of repartee and mutual respect. I enjoyed the vampire lore and prophesy too. And the twist at the end which I didn't see coming was a great closer. If I had to be picky, I'd say that although well written, there were a few too many and too long fight scenes. I found myself flicking through to the end of them on occassion. But this is mainly because I prefer short punchy action scenes. Those of you who love well written fight scenes will love the frequency and length of these, though. It's a subjective thing, certainly nothing else. For a debut novel (although you'd never know) this was an all-round great read by a rising star in fiction. I recommend it and will follow this author eagerly. I recieved this book from the author for review here - http://shahwharton.com - and received no payment for doing so.
  • What Kills Me on Sep. 02, 2013

    This is one talented author, with one helluva Y.A paranormal book. I'll be watching miss Channing and can't wait to read her next book. X
  • I Am Forever on April 10, 2014
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    Received for an honest review. Firstly, I love the covers in this series. Just beautiful! Moving on ... I utterly loved What Kills Me (Book #1), so when he chance to review this one came up I bit the tour companies hand off. Wynne has such a way with words, not surprisingly when we consider she is a journalist. But she gave her protagonists a wit and curiosity which intrigued me and warmed me to Axelia instantly. Starting with the (slightly less awesome), ending with the good. The first half of the book was slow when compared to the thrill ride that is What Kills Me (Book #1), which provided a continuous pulse of action throughout. The first half also alienated me towards the spunky and previously very likeable Axelia. I found myself screaming at her not to do stupid things, not to take risks with other people's lives. She knew the Empress to be a cold-hearted bitch, yet ignored the rules the Empress had imposed upon other's. This arrogance caused the deaths of innocent vampires, people Axelia considered friends. Then, she was upset or enraged at their loss, as if it had nothing to do with her, but gave as much thought to whether Luke loved her or not. This removed me from the story a few times during the first half. But.... ... then I realised what I was doing. I was judging her actions based upon what I would do (as a 41 year old woman with vast life experience. And as someone who hasn't been yanked away from high school, turned into a vampire, and pronounced The Divine - Saviour of Vampires). Once I accepted this, I chilled out, and I'm glad because ... ... the second half of the book is so much better. She grows (or remembers she has) a spine and saves, then sets out to avenge, her family, all while asserting herself over Luke, who ... well read it and find out! I gave this 4/5. *NOTE: I very much doubt YA readers will struggle at all, however. Reasons to love it: The beautiful description, the full on head-rolling, blood spraying actions scenes, and the drama of the plot unfolding are all well worth your time and investment. And I look forward to seeing where Axelia and Luke end up next. :) It's a great series by a talented author> * I recommend this series to ALL young adult readers of urban fantasy and various other paranormal fiction genres.