Thursday, September 8, 2016

10 Confessions from 'Storm of Arranon' R.E. Sheahan

1.   Storm of Arranon, originally titled Children of Arranon was one   hundred and ten thousand words and ended at about the half way point of the current edition. Hmmm. Lots of back-story I needed in building my worlds and understanding the characters, but the reader didn’t. Cut two hundred pages. Ouch! I kept all those files though and occasionally refer to them, sometimes just because I enjoy their company.

 2.   I’m a total introvert and often feel uncomfortable at social gatherings. I have trouble chatting with people about what most would consider pleasing conversation. I tend to zone out. But talk about writing, books, or movies and you have my full attention. Good luck shutting me up! I signed up for an exercise class a few years back, and an older man there knew I wrote. He asked some questions about writing and publishing and four hours later, he had three pages of notes. Yes, he took notes.

 3.   This kinda goes with the previous confession. I love to teach. I worked as a Paramedic/Firefighter for twelve years in Northern California. Five of those years I taught EMT I classes for Adult Education through the community college. Fast-forward a few years. With the first two manuscripts in the series published, libraries invited me to talk about my books and the writing process. The librarian for the teen library asked if I would start a writer’s group. I spent every other Saturday afternoon for almost two years working with bright and talented young writers. I learned so much!

 4.   Okay, some little quirks - Mac over PC. Pepsi over Coke. Hard copy over eBooks just because I love the look of full bookcases. Cupcakes over pie or cookies. I have been known to polish off a six-pack of cupcakes in one day. I love dogs and would have cats, but I’m allergic. Not a morning person, in fact, not really a day person.

 5.   Book boyfriend/crushes – Christopher Snow from Dean Koontz’s Fear Nothing and Seize the Night.

 6.   I wrote the rough drafts of books two, three, and four during NaNoWriMo. Book five this year!

 7.   My friends have called me a Zumba Junkie and a Conference Junkie. It could be worse! My favorite is Surrey International Writer’s Conference.

 8.   I tend to be a perfectionist. I never feel like my writing is good enough. I can always be better, always learn something new. It’s all about getting that movie I see in my mind down on paper in every minute detail.

 9.   I’ve watched The Tudors, all four seasons, more than once.

10.  I’ve watched Star Wars, IV, V, and VI, well, a lot.

About the Author

I have always been a reader. I love books. When I’m not able to read, I listen to audio books. I started writing while working as a Paramedic/Firefighter in Northern California. Trust me, it’s not like it appears on TV. There was plenty of time for books, mostly reading them. I didn't seriously start writing until I moved to my ranch in Oregon. While waiting for lambs to be born in the middle of the night, I would head back to the house for an hour or two and sit down at the computer. Before I knew it, I had a manuscript. Not a good one, but a start.I joined critique groups and attended writer's conferences. I was on the fast track to learning. 

In 2013, I received an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest’s Self Published book awards for MG/YA. I guess I am learning something!

Ideas from dreams follow me into warm sunny days or the quiet of falling snow. “What ifs” feed a vivid imagination. Even mistyped phrases may lead to an "aha" moment. Brain storming sessions standing in windy, dark parking lots with fellow writers release thoughts that pry at the corners of my mind, grasping for purchase. Sometimes the ideas pursue me, with persistence.

For More Information
About the Book:

Title: Storm of Arranon
Author: R. E. Sheahan
Publisher: Rule of Three Press
Pages: 300
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy

 A forbidden birth. A remarkable young woman. A marauding alien society. The battle begins.
 A brutal alien society invades Korin and Arranon, intent on destroying the two worlds that make up Cadet Erynn Yager's home. Forced to expose her strange abilities and reveal her forbidden birth, a guarded web of secrets unravels.

Stranded on an unfamiliar planet of eternal winter and predatory wildlife, the mysterious living consciousness of Arranon intervenes, leading Erynn on a mystical journey. 

Aware of Erynn's potential, the alien enemy pursues her. She struggles to gain control of her growing powers while in a constant race to elude the invaders, and join the forces preparing to fight a mounting occupation. 

Erynn’s secret may be her worlds' only hope, but at the cost of her life. Swept up in a chain reaction of events, Erynn's dedication extends far beyond service and duty. She learns the true meaning of sacrifice. 

Along with courage and hope, Erynn finds something unexpected on her journey of awareness and growth.


For More Information

  • Storm of Arranon is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

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