Describe your book in a tweet (140 characters or less).
Marked, cursed, and trapped in a sea of lies as a dark prophecy nears, can Jewel make it to her 17th birthday alive?
What or who inspired you to write Spectral?
Reading witch books like, Once a Witch and, Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough. I loved the idea of writing a witchy tale.
Do you listen to music while you write?
No…omg, seriously, I know many writers do, but I need it quiet. To me, it’s like asking, Could you have the stereo playing while you’re watching a movie? Um, again no. When I’m writing, it’s like the scene is literally playing out in my head like a movie, so music would be very distracting. It amazes me when I hear writers can do that, but hey, whatever works, right? I do like to pick songs to go with the book after I’ve written it, and sometimes think of songs that fit a scene as I go. I came up with a soundtrack for Spectral that is on my website at www.shannonduffylit.com It will automatically start playing under the Bookshelf header, and you can skip to the next song etc, if anyone is interested in checking them out.
If you could have a conversation with any author, living or dead, who would it be and what would you ask?
J.K. Rowling. She’s amazing, really and I’d love to hear her story firsthand on how she got started, where she got the idea for Harry Potter, and any advice she could offer.
What’s on your to-read list for summer?
Well I definitely plan on reading Insurgent next so that will be done before summer, but also 50 shades of grey, Hex Hall, Tangled Tides, Half-Blood, and Pure. I also plan on soaking up lots of middle grade books to get my head back in the game. I’ll be starting the sequel to my MG fantasy, Gabriel Stone and the Divinity of Valta, in September. Not to mention I’ll be reading my fab critique partners new works in progress. Yay! Lots of reading to do. Love it!
Thanks for inviting me to your blog today! Have an awesome day.
Many thanks to Shannon for stopping by to answer my questions! Check out the trailer for Spectral below: