Interview and giveaway with Shannon Vannatter!

Calling all contemporary romance fans…I have a special giveaway just for you! This week, author Shannon Vannatter is sharing with us about her latest release Rodeo Hero and is giving one lucky commenter a chance to win a copy of this awesome book! All of the details for entering are below the interview, but for now, let’s take a minute and meet Shannon…

Thank you for being my guest, Shannon. When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? Around sixteen years ago, I finally realized that the story I’d had in my head for about that long could be a book. It took me three more years to get a computer and start writing it and 9 1/2 years more to get published. That first badly written book is still in a file and I’ve been thinking about dusting it off and fixing it lately.

 Speaking of writing, what is your favorite part of the writing process? The first draft. I’m a pantser. So I learn about things about the story and my characters as I go.

I can totally identify with you, Shannon. I am a fellow pantser myself!  I’m excited to hear about your latest book Rodeo Hero. What was the inspiration behind this book? I saw a cowboy and a city girl holding hands at the State Fair and I wondered what they had in common. That became book one. When I pitched it to my editor, she said why is it always the cowboy, why not the rodeo clown? But then who would want to be a clown? I pulled a reason a guy would be a clown out of the air and she liked it, so I had to write the book.

I love it! And this series sounds sooooooo good! Speaking of books, what is your favorite book in the Bible? Romans. It’s full of grace by faith and salvation through Christ.

Romans is definitely a wonderful book in the Bible. Switching gears now, if you suddenly were given one million dollars to start a new charity, what type of charity would you launch and why? I’m an animal lover, so it would definitely be a no kill Humane Society.

What project(s) are you currently working on? I’m currently getting a proposal together for my next series. The first book is about a married couple. They weren’t Christians when they married and when life got tough, they split. Two years later, the book begins. They’re both Christians and unexpectedly reunited.

We will definitely have to keep our eyes open for that book, Shannon. I love the plot line! Now one last question…how can readers connect with you?

Website: www.shannonvannatter.com

Blog: www.shannonvannatter.com/blog

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/shannontaylorvannatter

Twitter: @stvauthor

I can testify that Shannon has an awesome blog (especially if you LOVE real-life romance) so be sure to stop by and check it out.

Thank you so much, Shannon, for being my guest. It has been an honor to have you here.

And now, here are the super-easy details on how you can enter to win a copy of Rodeo Heroleave an encouraging comment for Shannon (and yes, anyone can enter, but confirmed subscribers receive two entries, so be sure to sign up to follow this blog, then check your email and confirm your subscription to be added to the subscriber list! ) Giveaway ends on April 19, 2012. A winner will be chosen at random.

I’m a bit behind this week, so I’ll be announcing the winners of Margaret Daley’s and Nicole O’Dell’s books on Monday. Stay tuned. In the meantime, be sure to enter to win Shannon’s book and stop by every Thursday for more author interviews. If you need some summer ideas, check out my most recent family post 6 things to do this summer.