Saturday, December 20, 2014

Why book inspired art is my favorite

I don't think it's any secret that I spend too much time on Tumblr and DeviantArt fangirling over various things. But my favorite thing to fangirl over? Fan art. Or just any gif/photo manipulation/art made about a book/TV show/movie. I'm using a lot of slashes in this post. I'll try to stop. Anyway, someone taking time to read a book and create their own interpretation of it in another form is probably the coolest thing ever (as is evident by this AWESOME Midnighters picture):


Or even the Midnighters picture I forced my friends/family to pose in and take with me because I was SO obsessed with those books:


So because of this love I have for book-inspired-art, I decided to post the things that just make me happy inside that people (let's be honest it's mostly Jackie making them as presents for me) have made about my characters. Because I just can't think of a single cooler thing than having someone read a character you poured your heart into, and being inspired to make something because of it that's their own personal interpretation. And I'd like to point out that this is a post appreciating the talent of these people.... not me thinking I'm some awesome capital "C" Creator. :)

So without further ado, here are ALL THE THINGS!

The Breakup Artist:
The first two are by this lovely lady on Deviant Art. And the clay sculptures are, of course, by the amazing Jackie Hicken!



Under Zenith:
These are all from Jackie :) Although the painting she comissioned.



The June Books:

Sugar Coated:
We get a clay sculpture by Jackie AND a song written by Courtney Hansen about "Sugar Coated". How freaking awesome is she for writing and performing this song?








Pwned:



So there you have it! Again, I swear this isn't a "Look at how awesome I am because I wrote these books" post. It's a "Look how awesome these artists are and how absolutely stupid-happy it makes me to see my characters in somebody else's interpretation!"

Gosh I love these.

Until Next Time,

Shannen

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Happy Launch Day "Catching June"!!!

It's here! "Catching June" is officially launched! And we're one book closer to finishing June's story... which actually makes me quite sad. But also happy. It's kind of a mixture :) I mean, I want you guys to know what happens, but then that means I'm done with writing her and all the gang, which is SO not okay with me. Granted, June and her friends are connected to my other books in odd ways (Since all of my book characters somehow know each other) but I can't really detail it yet. Just know that whenever I finally do write "Michigan Gone", you'll find out how my June characters are somehow connected to my Parrish characters!

Anyway, back on topic. Launch day!!!


I hope you guys like the latest installment! And don't forget that we're having a launch party today over on Facebook! Follow the link here to play some games, meet some fellow readers, and enter to win some awesome prizes!


Can't wait to hear what you all think about EVERYTHING that goes down in this book!

Until Next Time,

Shannen

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Catching June Wrap Cover and the Amazingness that is Jackie Hicken

There's a name you guys may or may not recognize from the copyright page of basically every book I've published. And if it's not on the copyright page, you'll definitely find it in the Acknowledgments.

And that name is Jackie Hicken, book cover extraordinaire. I mean, she's also editor extraordinaire. But it's much easier to display her skills in cover design in a blog post, rather than her impeccable editing. I guess all you really need to do is look at what a mess these blog posts usually are compared to my books which are, usually, much more polished because of her awesomeness.

But the focus of this post, is my brand-spanking-new wrap cover for the paperback of Catching June! Jackie just sent it to me and I'm in love :)

I love that she takes time to focus on things like the book spine, where she's done these cute little art deco peacock feathers. Plus I'm loving the color of the back, which I think will go quite well with the rest of the series.

Also, can I just point out that I'm not bragging about my books right now, because this is ALL Jackie. Basically, I just wanted to give her a shout out for all of the amazing work she does (not to mention the fact that she acts in my weird last minute movies and doesn't complain).

So well done Jack. Your covers are just the best.

And now without further ado, my Catching June wrap cover.



Until next time,

Shannen

Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 SLC Comic Con Schedule!

Hey friends!

Guess what's almost here?

I'm just going to assume you read the title of this blog post, so this isn't much of a surprise, but COMIC CON STARTS IN A FEW DAYS!


I'll be on two panels this years, talking about writing and probably making a fool out of myself. So if you'd like to come witness that, the following schedule will be useful to you!

My first panel is Friday September 5th. It's called "Comic Con Writer's Retreat Part 2: Writing Your Novel" from 6:00 PM to 6:50 in room 255B (though in my experience the rooms can always change!).

The second panel is Saturday September 6th. And that one is called "Structuring Life to Support Creativity" from 5:00-5:50 in room 150D!

The lovely Julie Wright (who I love) will be on that second panel as well! So come check it out!

I'll be lucky enough to actually go to all three days of Comic Con, so when I'm not on panels, you can find me walking around the convention center in my very unprofessional Draco Malfoy costume. Of course I'll be the Draco Malfoy portrayed by Lauren Lopez in A Very Potter Musical :) So I tried to get my costume to look as much like hers as possible. Also, I may have crazy hair on my panels because it'll be braided and under a wig all day! So..... sorry about that.



Anyway, I can't wait to see you guys there! Comic Con is always such a blast!

Until Next Time,

Shannen

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Under Zenith Cycle Inspiration

Since I'm working on "Beyond Lyra" right this second (I get easily distracted while writing), I thought I'd do a quick post about some things that inspired the various Cycles in "Under Zenith". Maybe not the actual tasks associated with each cycle, mostly because I don't want to give away what each task is. But we'll talk about the physical landscapes of each Cycle.

Writing "Beyond Lyra" I'm letting myself go crazy (again) with the weird random dreamscapes that don't make any sense. But I'm definitely taking it to the next level. So good luck categorizing this book once I'm done with it!

Anyway, that being said, the Cycles depicted in "Under Zenith" came from a lot of different places. A lot of them were from dreams I'd had and thought "One day I'll find a book to put those in" and then decided I'd just write a book crazy enough to incorporate them all. Others were inspired by video games, family trips, or movies.

First off, let's not forget Hayden and Isla, who were most definitely inspired by me watching too much "Nashville" and "Once Upon a Time".



And now on to the Tasks.

Task One: Agility

This one was pretty simple. It was inspired by the very short time I lived in Greenville, North Carolina and fell in love with the landscape there. The whole place is just green. Green everywhere! It's gorgeous! So how could I not use it as a Cycle?



Task Two: Motor Skills

I can admit, this one came from my love of video games. There's this zone in World of Warcraft that I've always been absolutely in love with! It's called Nagrand. The entire zone is on the ground and seems basic enough, but if you take a flying mount (yep, I'm going full-blown nerd right now) up above the zone, there are these amazing floating islands. They don't serve much of a purpose and for the most part I don't think you really find quests up there, but they add so much to the zone. And being so in love with those random floating islands, I just had to put something similar in a book.



Task Three: Reasoning Under Pressure

This one came about because of The Husband, actually. His family is very proud of their Dutch heritage and they've got more tulips and wooden shoes than you can count. It's fantastic! So I wanted to pull some of that Dutch heritage into my book and I thought, "Tulip Field! Of course!". Plus it didn't hurt that I thought it would be fun to have something awful happen in such a serene place. Sorry again about that, Hayden!



Task Four: Ingenuity

A big part of the reason I wrote this book, was because I'd just watched the movie "Sucker Punch" and loved how Zack Snyder basically said "Genres don't exist" and put whatever the heck he wanted into that movie. He was just like "How about a couple of dragons here, and some robots over there, and a touch of zombie soldiers right here." I saw that and was so blown away by the blend of genres that I had to try it out. Plus I couldn't get over how amazing it would be to write a book without worrying about it fitting into the confines of a certain category. I just wanted to write. And I wanted to write whatever crazy thing came to mind. And it was a blast. That's why the weird junkyard scene came to life. Because it was a random thought I had. So there you go. Plus there was this place in WoW (again with the nerdiness) that had these huge monster things with saws for hands and they were terrifying. So I thought, "Sure. Why not?"

(I'm so sorry I can't remember where I found this photo! If you know, send me the link so I can give credit!)



Task Five: Strategy

This task is one that came from a photo/ a deep desire to visit the Rainbow Pools in Yellowstone. Side note: I actually did end up going to Yellowstone but we never got to see the Rainbow Pools. Sad day. Although I did find out they were located in HAYDEN VALLEY! Right? What kind of coincidence is that? It was meant to be. But anyway, I'd seen a lot of pictures of the Rainbow Pools and had always wanted to go. So I took those pictures in my head and put them into a book. One day I'll see the Rainbow Pools. Although I'm guessing I won't get any special abilities from touching them.

(Photo credit to... someone. I'm awful at remembering things.)


Task Six: Memory

This one actually came about because of a nightmare I'd had one night. That whole scene at the end that involved water... and tight spaces? Yeah. That was all my twisted subconscious. I wont' say anything else, in case some of you haven't read the book yet. But this whole task came from my weird dreams. The only picture I had that resembled the task itself is actually a fountain. But we'll go ahead and pretend it's a life-sized maze.




So there you have it. "Under Zenith" is just a huge mish-mash of weird random things I've observed. And "Beyond Lyra" gets one step crazier :) I can't wait for you guys to read it! It's getting weirder and weirder as I write it.



Until Next Time,

Shannen











Saturday, August 23, 2014

Catching June Cover Reveal!

All right friends! It's the moment all (two) of you have been waiting for!

I've got my gorgeous cover for the third book in the June series all sparkly and ready to be presented! But first a HUGE thank you to Chris Hadlock for making the picture pretty (even though we had to have THE 72 vs 300 dpi talk that I could recite in my sleep and still managed to forget for my own cover) and to Jackie Hicken for designing this beautiful cover! She always does such good work! AKA if you want to hire her, shoot me a line and we'll keep her designing gorgeous covers forever.

Now, just a little refresher, here are the first two books in the series (also designed by Jackie. Surprise, surprise).





AND


Drum roll :)


BAM!



So what do you think?

As we get closer to the release date in December, I'll start posting little snippets here and there :)

Can't wait for you guys to read this one! Only one more to go after this!
Here's where you can add it to your shelf on Goodreads!

Until next time,

Shannen



Friday, July 11, 2014

Feeding your inner gamer!

Hey guys!

So I realize my last post was very obscure and.... not like my normal posts, but we're going to attribute that to me dying of illness while trying to go camping. Because that's basically what it came down to. :)

So, on to business!

GAMERS! Yep. You read that right. Gamers! Remember, a little book I wrote called "Pwned" with all of it's nerdy epicness and Andrew Garfield doppleganger... ness?



Well "Pwned" is now available for the next two weeks in a Storybundle with seven other equally as epic books about gamers! So you get to read ALL THE GAMER BOOKS YOU COULD EVER WANT!



I'll give you a minute for that to sink in.

......


And we're back. 


Here's a little sneak peek of all of the amazing books you'll find in this bundle:





So this is how the Storybundle works. You just click here, and you pay whatever you want for this Storybundle, depending on what you think it's worth. If you pay at least $10, you get three bonus titles (FeylandAlternityand Level Zero!).

Pretty awesome right?

So go and unleash your inner gamer (or outer gamer... like me) and enjoy some good summer reading!


Until next time,

Shannen