I’ve been connected to Shannon for some time now, long before the release of her debut novel, The Celtic Knot back in January of this year. She’s a supportive presence on Twitter and has always been willing to lend an ear. Because of some crazy scheduling, I was not able to have her here sooner, but I’m so happy to feature her now.
Please welcome Shannon Macleod and learn more about the first of many books she has scheduled for publication.
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Read a blurb from The Celtic Knot (Suit of Cups)
Sometimes, love lasts lifetimes.
Happily, at least ever after. Working as an insurance agent with her college sweetheart and longtime boyfriend, Lucas, she’ll eventually marry him and together they’ll take over the family agency. Then she and Lucas will start raising little insurance agents of their own. But something is missing…
At her best friend’s urging, she decides to do one last wild thing before committing her life to a future of policy endorsements–she takes a part time job reading tarot cards at a local Renaissance Faire theme park. Lucas is completely unimpressed and disdainful of her fascination with the mystical, but has no doubt she’ll settle down once they’re married. Enter Ian Kelly, mural painter, actor and…witch. He and Lily have a chance meeting at the park, and the attraction is immediate. They have a history…a lot of history. Several lifetimes of it, in fact, and their business together is unfinished.
All three have secrets, one of them deadly. Add in heaping helpings of magic, mayhem, Cuban sandwiches, one large Irish family and one very demanding feline for a story of love so strong, it’ll take more than one century to contain it.
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Inside Shannon’s Mind
[Shannon] Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Eden – I am delighted to be here!
[eden] Great to have you here, Shannon—finally! Why don’t we start with a ‘work-related’ question.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? As a huge weather junkie, I’d love to be a storm chaser. Maybe a rock star or a pro surfer. The possibilities are endless.
[eden] Not what I expected at all!
What is your idea of perfect happiness? I don’t know that happiness is ever perfect; I think that’s what we all strive for. I’m generally a pretty happy person, so I’m low maintenance – a rainy Saturday afternoon with a good book and fuzzy socks or a sweet, unexpected text always brings a smile to my face.
What turns you on creatively? The innovative and unusual – I love being challenged to think in terms of abstracts, what ifs and why nots.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? It varies from book to book. I try to pay strict attention to adjectives and phrases. If I remember a phrase from twenty pages ago, I figure my readers will too. The Find tool in MSWord is definitely my friend.
What quality do you most admire in a man? Integrity, followed closely by a sense of humor. Confidence too – it’s sexy as hell.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? The strength to not need anyone else’s opinion or approval.
[eden] Good one.
What is your greatest regret? Not starting to write sooner, definitely. I’ve stayed in a few situations past their expiration date, I’d do that differently. Having said that, I believe in the butterfly effect – every step you took in the past brought you to where you are now. Can’t change anything in the past, so overall – no regrets.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I had to think long and hard on this one…I don’t think there’s anything. I’m not perfect by any means, but I’m perfectly me and I’m cool with that. Maybe tomorrow there will be something, but not today. 🙂
What is your greatest fear? I’m incredibly claustrophobic. Spiders make me run into things. Blank white screens on my computer when I’m supposed to be putting words on them give me nightmares.
Which living person do you most admire? That would be my mother, an incredibly strong and smart woman. She taught me to be resilient and look for the positive in everything.
[eden] Love this answer.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? It’s a paradox, but I’d love to come back as one of my cats. Their lives are pretty damn cushy, if you ask me.
[eden] You are probably the tenth person I’ve interviewed who would want to come back as a cat. What is it with authors and cats?!
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My kids, hands down. The writing is pretty nice, too.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Deceitfulness, and that includes deceit by omission. Close behind that is bullying, rudeness and people who assume I’m slow because I have a Southern accent.
[eden] Slow? Never! I’m charmed by Southern accents. 😉
What is your greatest extravagance? Ooh, there’s a couple – hot shoes, good books. iTunes loves me. My only saving grace is that I love thrift stores and shop there often, so I think it balances out. I have yet to find a pair of Jimmy Choo’s at the local Goodwill, but I’m still trying. It’s like my Holy Grail.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? I want to retrace my ancestors steps back to Kilkenny, Ireland then up to the Highlands of Scotland, where I’ll dance in the stone circle of Callanish under the moonlight. Maybe naked – depends on the weather.
[eden] I’ve been to Kilkenny and traveled throughout Ireland, some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met.
Who is your favorite writer/musician/film director? My favorite writers are Diana Gabaldon, Karen Marie Moning, Shelly Laurenston and Virginia Henley. Tim Burton tops my list for directors – I love comic darkness. My favorite musician/bands changes daily, as my tastes are very eclectic. My playlists run the gamut from the Beatles to Nine Inch Nails. When I was writing The Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups I listened to a lot of Gaelic Storm, the Wolfe Tones and Loreena McKennitt. For the sequel The Gypsy Ribbon: Suit of Wands (coming 2014 from Lyrical Press) I listened to a lot of AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and Winger. It just depends on what I’m doing/writing at the moment.
What are some of your favorite curse words? Jaysus, I love ‘em all – the more creative and colorful, the better.
What is your motto? Tada gan iarracht – that’s the Gaelic for “nothing without effort.” If you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it. That works both ways – don’t expect it if you’re not out there busting your ass for it daily.
[eden] Fantastic motto, especially when you say it in Gaelic!
[Shannon] Thanks again for having me as your guest – you are awesome! MWAH! xoxo
[eden] I’m so happy we finally got to do this, Shannon. You’re every bit as delightful as I knew you would be.
Readers, please say “hi” to this lovely woman and connect to her. Find out about her upcoming releases too!
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Connect to Shannon
In between writing and daydreaming about sexy Celts, Shannon MacLeod lives a life of servitude to two spoiled cats. She enjoys pondering the mysteries of Tarot, rainy days, good music, lively craic and spending long hours gazing at her beloved ocean. An avid wearer of dangerously high heels, she has an unnatural obsession with movies featuring talking animals.
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