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Shiloh WalkerShiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid... she fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more...ah... serious vampire stories. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, but most all anything romantic. Once upon a time, she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest.
PNR: Have you always known you wanted to be a writer; when did you begin writing?
Shiloh W.: Yes. Or for at least as long as I can remember. I know I was writing short stories in middle school. My mom says I was doing it before then, but I don’t really remember when I started.
PNR: Having written over twenty books and short stories, you are very prolific; tell us about your writing schedule.
Shiloh W.: Schedule…schedule…well, that’s one of the words an organized person uses and I’m about as far from organized as you can get and actually still get work done. I tend to write more in the afternoons and use mornings to play, or procrastinate, online. Answer email, blog hop, that sort of thing.
PNR: Most writers are avid readers, is this true for you? With your demanding writing schedule do you even have time to read? If so, what titles would we see in your TBR pile?
Shiloh W.: I love to read. I don’t read as much now as I used to, although I’m trying to fix that. My TBR pile has Janet Evanovich, Mary Wine, Nora Roberts, JD Robb, Joey Hill, Lora Leigh, Shelby Reed, Kresley Cole, and Alexis Morgan in it. There are others but those are the ones right off the top of my head.
PNR: What do you feel are the essential elements of a great story?
Shiloh W.: Great characters. Characters that connect with each other, and characters that the reader can connect with. I don’t want to read about somebody perfect. I want somebody with flaws, somebody real. A good plot. I love a good romance, but I’ll read sci fi, horror or fantasy, too. It doesn’t have to have a romance in it, but I love it when romance is a sub plot.
PNR: Paranormal romance has recently become the “romance du jour.” What do you feel accounts for the genre’s recent recognition?
Shiloh W.: More and more readers are just trying it out, I think. There’s such a wide variety now. It used to just be vampires or ghosts and not everybody is into those. Now you have djinn, you have werewolves, you have psychics. Plus I’m talking to more and more readers who are just now getting into romance and paranormal seems to be where they started.
PNR: What do you like most about writing in the paranormal romance genre? How do you feel the sensual/erotic genre has affected the paranormal romance genre?
Shiloh W.: Writers get to make their own rules in the paranormal genre. Granted, once you make those rules, you have to stick with them, but you don’t have to follow the more traditional ‘rules.
I don’t necessarily think that the sensual/erotic genre has affected the paranormal. The hotter romances are big right now. Paranormal is big right now. Yes, with erotic paranormal you get to break more rules than with straight paranormal romance, ménages, for example. But paranormal romances that aren’t erotic are big right now. Just like erotic contemporary romances are big. But I may not be the best person to ask. I don’t really follow the trends as much as I should. I just write what appeals to me.
PNR: Some of your most popular titles are from the Hunter series. For readers who are not familiar with your “Hunters”, could you give us an overview?
Shiloh W.: The Hunters are a paranormal band of cops, basically. Vampires, witches and shifters who monitor others like them to make sure they aren’t preying on the weak or innocent. I’ve written quite a few vamps, but there are also shapeshifters, werewolves, (in my world they aren’t necessarily the same) witches and psychics.
PNR: Readers cannot get enough of the dark worlds you create but it is your characters that capture the imagination; can you tell us what inspires their development?
Shiloh W.: No. I can’t. I have absolutely no idea where most of the characters come from. A lot of the time when I’m trying to plot out a new book, I start with characters that have already introduced themselves to me. I’m trying to get into the habit of developing the character more before I actually start on the story, but more often than not, I learn about the characters as I write the story.
PNR: Your writing encompasses contemporary and several paranormal sub-genres, which is your favorite to write, and why? Is there a genre you haven’t written but would like to try?
Shiloh W.: My personal fave is fantasy. I love fantasy. I don’t write in it as much as I’d like but I love that genre. It’s always appealed to me, worlds of magick, dragons, elves.
Pretty much anything that appeals to me, I try. But I do have an idea for a horror book that I haven’t started yet.
PNR: You write several series, including Fated, Firewalkers, Hunters, and Mythe. What are the challenges you face in writing series and keeping it fresh for readers? Do you have a favorite series to write?
Shiloh W.: Mythe is my favorite-it’s fantasy. Like I said, I love fantasy. The Hunters can get challenging because I’ve written so many, I worry that I’m going to get repetitious.
stories are dark and very sensual; do you find it challenging to
write the love/sex scenes in your books?
PNR: Could you tell us about your current projects, what can readers expect to see in the coming months? Do you have any additional series in the works? Single titles?
Shiloh W.: I’m starting on my next book for Berkley, an alternate reality/urban fantasy type of thing. Right now it’s called Under Realm but that will probably change. I don’t know if Realm will be a series or not. I’m also working on a couple of novellas for Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. Most of them are single titles right now.
PNR: Thanks Shiloh, for taking time out to talk to us. Where can readers find out what’s new and how can they contact you?
My email is Shiloh_@shilohwalker.com
For a complete list of Shiloh's current and upcoming releases, visit her website
Featured in this issue:
What happens when a woman loses the man she was born to love? Tori doesn't know. Declan has been her lover, her friend, her confidant — now he is gone. With grief and heartache driving her insane, Tori has become a liability to those she knows and loves.
Until a fellow Hunter arrives on her doorstep with a mysterious message. You must go…
Tori doesn't want to go anywhere. But now she can't resist. What is waiting for her is something she never dared to hope for.
Surrounded by death, a man with a terrible gift reaches for life.
A horrific tragedy blasted open a door in young Michael O’Rourke’s mind—cursing him with the ability to talk with the Dead. Nearly two decades later, Michael has moved from victim to survivor, using his abilities to seek out those who would go unjudged.
With his gift, he talks to those
who’ve died violently and seeks out their killers. Only once
he’s found the murderer, can the victims be at rest. After his
last case, the only thing he wants is peace and he hopes to find
it in the small town of Mitchell, Indiana.
Small town sheriff Daisy Crandall is frustrated. The murder investigation she’s leading is going nowhere, the few leads she’s had haven’t panned out. She needs a break—this case is personal and when a stranger arrives, turning up where he shouldn’t be, she’s suspicious. Finding out that he is more than what he appears to b, should shock her but doesn’t. The fact she’s highly attracted to him at the worst possible time is a hindrance.
Unfortunately, teaming up with Michael is the only way.
Now it’s a race against time before the killer destroys the life of his next victim…
This book has been previously published; but, has been expanded and revised.
November 1, 2006
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Venture into a world beyond the ordinary, where the dark passions and voracious appetites of vampires, werewolves, demons, and a few undaunted mortals combine to unleash a potent spell.
Here are lovers like you've never dared to imagine: Eyes that glitter with keenness born of ancient knowledge. Hands that move with a tenderness belying superhuman strength. Inviting smiles that reveal exquisitely lethal fangs. Rippling, leonine muscles. There's danger in the air—and heat.
Steam rises up off the pages of these four scorching novellas, sensuously crafted by four acclaimed authors who beckon you to slip into the shadows and experience the otherworldly pleasures of the night...
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Sparks fly in Lora Leigh's The Breed Next Door, when sexy Tarak claims Lyra as his lifemate.
The wolfking and a vampire's daughter find that not even the war between their clans can keep them away from each other in Shiloh Walker's The Blood Kiss.
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