Teen Channel Reviews welcomes Shannon Delany's Start Your Day with Serial Tour!!

Posted by Teen Guru at 5:52 AM

Welcome to Shannon Delany's Start Your Day with Serial Tour!

Shannon's debut novel (and first in her YA paranormal series) 13 to Life started as a winning cell phone novel written in serial segments. During the tour you can read bits of the book in order. Miss a day? Hop to Shannon's blog http://13toLife.us/blog and check the link to the blog tour calendar in her sidebar.

There will also be a contest that will close at the end of the tour. Winners get a bunch of stuff.

When did you first decide on becoming an author?
I’ve always wanted to pursue writing (and art) but only recently began being somewhat serious by picking up freelancing jobs. As much as I wanted it, I didn’t decide on it at some specific point—I think it was a desire for self expression that just grew.

Was it hard choosing a genre when you first began your writing career?
The genre sort of chose me. I’m currently most comfortable writing with a YA voice and (as for the paranormal) weird stuff tends to happen around me.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Mercedes Lackey, Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman, Maria V. Snyder, Ann Aguirre, Jim Butcher, Anne McCaffrey and Jeri Smith-Ready.

Can you tell us a bit on how 13 to Life and how you came up with it?
13 to Life is a story of teenage love, loss and—oh, yeah—werewolves. It’s not meant to be this heavy paranormal story when our narrator, Jessie, first starts to realize what’s going on around her. It walks readers into the world Jessie’s seeing open up as she sees it open. It’s very much a story of teens, family and real world trouble that deepens into trouble of a paranormal sort as the story progresses. It all developed very organically (written “by the seat of my pants” as some authors say). Two thoughts simply bumped together in my head and I gave that seed room to germinate.

How did you find out that your book was going to get published?
My agent, Stan Soper, told me that one of the editors who was interested in the book wanted to talk to me on the phone. That was probably when it first hit me that the book was very close to getting contracted. I mean, we’d been talking to a few people, but that made it suddenly real.
Who was the first person you told that your book was going to be published?
Wow. I don’t remember. It was probably a girl who was my best friend at the time (because my husband would have been at work). But I might have called him to interrupt anyhow. Huh. I just don’t remember who got the call first.

Are you working on anything right now and if your are... Can you tell us a bit about?
I’m getting ready to finish the first real draft of book 3 in the 13 to Life series. I’ve had a rough draft sitting around for months now but needed time to get back to it. As soon as that’s done it’ll be time for something completely different.

Would you ever, if given the chance... would you ever work with and write a novel with one of your fellow authors?
Maybe, but it would have to be a very unique situation. I get a bit control freaky about things. ;-)

and if you would... who would you like to work with?
Ann Aguirre. I think we’d work well together. Ann and I both fast-drafted novels together (where you write a rough draft in 2 weeks) and when I’m really freaked about something in publishing she’s one of the first people I contact. She’s simply wonderful (and if I was being stupid, I think she’d tell me).

What do you consider some of the harder parts of being a published author?
Finding time to write while trying to promote a book’s release. It’s like there’s never enough time in the day!

What are some of great things about being a published author?
Almost everything’s great about getting published (but I’m repeatedly told I’m one of the lucky few—there are some horror stories out there)!

What do you do on your free time? Do you have any free time?
Ha! Barely! Free time is time I veg out and just let my mind wander and my eyes and ears observe. It’s time I spend refilling my creative well.

What is one thing that always manages to relax you?
Being alone in a quiet house with a few spare moments to let my mind wander to fantastic places I’m writing or will be writing soon.

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13 to Life: Chapter 3, part C (used with the author’s permission)

He had dumped that prima donna Jenny… Everyone knew there was nothing to her but bleach, makeup and some well-structured bras. Maybe Derek realized he wanted a more complete package — someone with a brain. But in the back of my head a voice kept whispering, Does it matter why he’s interested? Be happy he's actually interested!


Shannon's hosting several contests during the Start Your Day with Serial Tour. The big contest will award one lucky winner with a royal amber pendant, pietersite jeweled bookmark, stuffed wolf, 13 to Life mousepad, pen, tote, signed poster, personalized copy of 13 to Life and both of the 13 to Life pins. All you need to do is comment at 13 of the blogs hosting Shannon during her 30 day tour. Everyone who does so will be entered into a random drawing. Winner may be international.

Shannon Delany info and links:

My main site: http://shannondelany.com/
My main blog: http://13toLife.us/blog
The 13 to Life Series Website: http://13tolifeseries.com/
Link to massive list of where you can buy 13 to Life online: http://tinyurl.com/BuyLinks

Serial Tour participants, the first excerpt Shannon's sharing with everyone on this blog tour can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/13toLifePro12  (scroll down a smidge). Each day throughout the month of June Shannon is at another blog or site sharing another serial bit of her story. If you follow along and comment as you go, not only are you entered for great prizes, but also you'll get to read the:
Prologue, Chapter 1, 2 and most of 3 of 13 to Life for free! Watch http://Twitter.com/Shannon_Delany  to know where to hop to next!

Remember to follow the tour each day throughout June to read the next section of 13 to Life free and online!

Wanna just commit and buy? Awesome! Here's a list of places you can go and place your order! Right now (early June) Book Depository appears to have the best deal--if you wanna wait until August for the book! So check out your choices carefully and I hope you love the book!

15 comments on "Teen Channel Reviews welcomes Shannon Delany's Start Your Day with Serial Tour!!"

Erin on June 4, 2010 at 11:18 AM said...

Such a fantastic interview. I love when author's share their writing experiences, it really is invaluable information to aspiring writers out there! :)
*Erin Leigh*

donnas on June 4, 2010 at 12:18 PM said...

Great interview. I am really looking forward to her book release. It sounds fantastic.

Jen on June 4, 2010 at 5:09 PM said...

I'm loving the serial tour...another great interview!!

Shannon Delany on June 4, 2010 at 7:26 PM said...

Thanks so much for hosting me here, V! I adore your blog (so cute!).

Thanks, Erin--I hope something from my experience can be used to help others. There are so many different paths to publication!

Thanks donnas and Jen! Glad you're following along!

Teen Guru on June 4, 2010 at 9:20 PM said...

Thanks for stopping by Erin, Donnas and Jen! And huge Thank you to you, Shannon! Thanks again for letting be a part of your blog tour!


Tynga on June 4, 2010 at 10:58 PM said...

Good Interview Shannon =)
I guess it would be hard to co-write a book, I'm kind of a control freak to lol

Bookaholic (Jessica) on June 5, 2010 at 12:42 AM said...

Terrific interview! I've been reading a lot about this book lately and I can't wait to read it :)

Ann Aguirre on June 10, 2010 at 3:04 PM said...

Oh wow, Shannon, I am so flattered you would say this! We should talk about a joint YA thing down the road.

SiNn on June 13, 2010 at 12:42 AM said...

sounds deff awesome another great interview!

Jenny N. on June 18, 2010 at 4:55 PM said...

Nice interview. The serial tour is going very well.

Anne on June 18, 2010 at 9:02 PM said...

I really like hearing the authors inside scoop on their books. It always gives more depth to the story.

Katie on June 23, 2010 at 9:21 AM said...

I love that she's doing this tour! Not only does it make me want to read this book more, but it also let's me get to know her and her "side" of the story!

Alessandra @Out of the Blue on June 24, 2010 at 7:52 AM said...

So this is going to be at least a three-book series. Uhm.

Jessica on June 24, 2010 at 10:10 AM said...

Fabulous interview! The book was just amazing! Loved it!

skyla11377 on June 27, 2010 at 3:03 PM said...

I love blog tours. Not only do I get to hear wonderful new insights to a book I am already drooling over but I get to check out all kinds of really kool blogs.


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