Please help me welcome Shannon Duffy, author of Spectral! She’s stopping by today for an interview as part of the Spectral Blog Tour by Tribute Books.

Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian . . . and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe — the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along.

As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive. (Goodreads)

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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 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.

Shannon DuffyAuthor Bio: Shannon Duffy writes young adult and middle grade fiction. She grew up on the beautiful east coast of Canada and now lives in Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of one boy, Gabriel, her angel. She loves writing, reading, working out, soccer, and the sport of champions-shopping. She is the author of the young adult paranormal romance, SPECTRAL. Her upcoming middle grade fantasy novel, GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA is scheduled for a January 2013 release.

Author Links: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Many thanks to Shannon for stopping by to answer my questions! Check out the trailer for Spectral below:

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3 Responses to Author Interview & Trailer: Spectral by Shannon Duffy

  1. Jen, thanks for featuring Shannon today!

  2. Rebecca (Kindle Fever)
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    Oh! I’m all new to this, but I admit I’m super curious now! I really love that cover and it definitely sounds like a great read! 🙂

    Plus–awesome interview! I’m totally agreeing on the J.K. Rowling answer. 😉 Although, I’m a music person! I even listen when I read… Lol!
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