Interview with Shawna Hansen

Describe your desk
Sitting next to my husband after a long day at work, I write on a comfy green couch and use a pillow to balance my computer on my lap. I can hear the planes flying into Logan and the Harleys driving up and down the beach as I write.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I was blessed with a grandmother who bought me books and teachers who taught me the magic of writing in every year of school. I spent so much time at the public library that I was hired to be a book shelver at the Kenwood branch when I was in high school.
When did you first start writing?
My first stories were in elementary school. I wrote a play in 6th grade. I loved writing in my diary.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book is the struggle between expressing who you really are vs who people think you are.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was born to be Indie! I love the freedom to connect with my readers without a layer of other people's creativity between us. I completely respect the art of editing and the art of publishing, but I am all about the writing!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a beautiful place where readers and writers can share creativity without pretense or spending a fortune.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When a fan tells me that they stayed up late to finish my book,
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the raspberry jelly on my toast. Without fans loving what I'm writing, the writing process is dry and crumbly.
What are you working on next?
Next up is a young adult book called "School of Fury." This is the sequel to "City of Fury" where Anjie goes to Fury and finds a lot more than just a whole new world. In "School," summer's over and Anjie comes back to Earth along with a very interesting exchange student from Fury, Kaz!
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm fickle. Today, I'm loving Milan Kundera, Patricia Briggs, Karen Moning, Alice Walker, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Beverly Cleary, Stephen King, Tad Williams, Jayne Anne Krantz, Kristin Hannah, Nicholas Sparks, William Kotzwinkle, Helen Smith and Rosanne Dingli. I love indie writers and read as many Indie books as possible.
Published 2013-10-12.
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Books by This Author

A Guy's Dream Come True
Series: Guy, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 115,200. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Living a dream life built around lies, Monty blows out 25 candles on her 21st birthday cake and makes a wish: to stop lying to everyone she loves. Rescued off the streets by movie producer, Victor Maverick, Monty grew up on movie sets and is producer of her own hit show, "If ≠ you then ?" Having it all means nothing when it's a lie. Monty wants more than a happy ending:. she wants it all.
A Guy's Worst Nightmare
Series: Guy, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 142,080. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
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Cursed to love the same guy. Chelsea and Haley Maverick are sisters who live on opposites sides of the country and are in love with the same guy, Ethan Jordane, one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors. As the Maverick sisters' destinies draw Ethan into the family curse, Ethan's life is torn apart and he discovers being in love with a Maverick is a A Guy's Worst Nightmare.
A Guy's Best Friend
Series: Guy, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 118,210. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Emma's New Year starts with a kiss from a complete stranger at the stroke of midnight. With her fiancé of nearly four years on the other side of the room, Emma finds herself responding to the tall, sexy stranger in a way she's never experienced before and doesn’t want to end.
City of Fury
Series: Fury. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,570. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Summer has just started, Anjie's been living it up while her parents enjoy a vacation in Florida. Late returning from their trip, Anjie discovers some really odd notes and starts to wonder if her parents are really just delayed at the airport or if, maybe, they are not coming home. Not sure about what's going on, Anjie starts to find clues that maybe her parents aren't who she thought they were.