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A native of Los Angeles, California, Shannah Biondine is an active member of several writer organizations, including Romance Writers of America and EPPRO. She resides in Ventura County with her husband and two children. Her background includes a stint in magazine publishing, operating a resume service for several years, serving as Past President of the Los Angeles chapter of RWA, and as a regular contributor to author-network.com.
"People fascinate me," she says. "I've always been an avid fiction reader. I love quirky characters, people so real I'd like to run across them in everyday life." She's somewhat apologetic about humor in her books. "Even when I thought I was writing a dark or sober tale, some character would toss out a great quip. I've given up trying to deny the funny part of my inner muse and instead let it take the reins."
has a number of historical and paranormal romances in release by several
inspired you to write romance novels?
Shannah B.: For a long time I'd thought about writing a book--more specifically, a novel. I read all kinds of fiction, but romance became the main addiction. One day I read a historical romance by one of my favorite authors and was sadly disappointed. I thought, boy, that wasn't a very good story. I could do better than that! And a wicked little inner voice whispered, "Prove it." I'm still trying.
written several historical romances prior to releasing SHADOW IN
STARLIGHT, what made you decide to try your hand at fantasy romance?
Once I accepted that, why stop with just the social order or mores? I could bring in other elements, strange customs and creatures, magic...the fun began.
IN STARLIGHT takes place in a medieval setting. The heroine, Moreya
Fa Yune of the tale is the daughter of the Glacian kings late
ambassador. Can you give the readers some background on Glacia,
and the death of the ambassador.
mother had been a Yune woman, making her half Glacian, half Yune.
What characteristics do the Yune possess?
an audience with the king, Moreya receives a shock. Her late father
had been negotiating a marriage for her. Why is the news so shocking?
What does she learn that makes it plainly distasteful as well?
Preece, a warrior known as the Kings Blade or the Warmonger,
is assigned to escort her to her bridegroom. In spite of his skills
and service to the king he is shunned by the masses. He is Waniand,
the last of a dying breed. Public opinion forces him to shroud himself,
to avoid ridicule. Tell us about
Part of the reason Waniands are so feared an universally distrusted is their males are not like other races of human males when it comes to procreation. Waniand males do not have congress with females on a whim. They go into "rutting season," when they are driven by biological imperatives to find females and mate almost incessantly. However, when not in rut, a Waniand male has almost no interest in sex. Thus, the king decides a Waniand knight is the ideal escort, a man who won't be tempted by Moreya's Yune beauty.
The rumors swirling around Preece only serve to whet Moreyas
curiosity? She is not one to sit in judgment of another. She has
a secret affliction of her own? How has this affected her life?
Proximity eventually reveals Preeces true nature. What
is Moreyas reaction to the reality? How does Preece handle
Though they both know her forth coming marriage is nothing more
than a farce, her pleas to be release falls on deaf ears. What causes
him to change his mind?
This event clues Preece in on the real reason the Glacian king
had chosen Moreya for this particular union. How does he react to
seem to be any number of people meddling in their fate, a foreign
queen who desires an heir from a son with unnatural proclivities,
the greedy Glacian king, who wishes only to extend his powers, and
the sorcerer who raised an orphaned Wanian boy and has guided his
destiny ever since. Tell us about the
ending should convince anyone that the heart has eyes of its own.
Do you foresee writing more romances containing paranormal elements
in the future? What is next for Shannah Biondine?
Dragon Publishing has just acquired "Twilight Crossings,"
an anthology of speculative fiction. It features novellas by Jeanne
Allen, Jeanine Berry, and
I'd never collaborated with other authors before, and thoroughly enjoyed working with Jeanne, Sheri, and Jeanine. The theme is one of strange worlds/mystical places, and each story contains a pivotal scene which takes place at twilight. Other than that common thread, they couldn't be more different--in terms of settings, time periods, flavor. Everything from fairytale light to darkly wicked humor. It was quite an interesting project!
"Twilight Crossings" is slated for E release in January with the paperback version to follow in Feb/March 2003.
SHADOW IN STARLIGHT - The shadow. A Waniand mercenary, cowled in black, dark and forbidding. Preece the Warmonger, also called the Royal Blade. Rumors about him suggest the creature beneath the black cowl is not entirely human.
Starlight. A woman of bright gentian tresses and rare beauty, promised in marriage to the prince regent of another realm. Given in wedlock not as a cherished prize but as a secret weapon meant to topple the reigning monarchy...Unless the Warmonger can find a way to prevent the marriage, even if it means risking both their lives in an act of outright treason. Even if it means losing Moreya herself, his memory, his very reason for living.
Yet Destiny has waited for just this turn in the wheel of time and human events. A prophecy must be fulfilled, the future of ancient bloodlines secured. Preece must return to reclaim all he once lost - including Moreya, the Yune beauty with the trusting innocence of a child and the courageous heart of a dragon.
Note: Shannah's titles are now available from Mystique Books
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