On Writing and the Author, Shelley K. Wall:
What Shelley does:
I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense.
Why she likes it:
It’s fun to write characters that either have a good sense of humor or get caught doing things that make you laugh. Who hasn’t done something really embarrassing and wished for anonymity? Life is made of bits and pieces of humor, drama, education, growth, and love. A good read combines those as creatively as possible.
Inspiration comes from:
Life is full of inspiration. So many times, something really unusual or funny happens and I yank out my phone and jot down some notes on the memo app. Then I can take the idea and turn it into a really great scene. Sometimes news events can trigger an idea too. I think writing tends to make a person have a heightened level of awareness. You start noticing not just events…but the sounds, emotions, smells, etc. while those events occur. I also go to a lot of writing conferences and learn a lot at each one.
If not writing, then what?
Not sure how to answer this…my life is pretty full. In my spare time, if not writing I will often be involved in a lot of other creative outlets or family activities. Our family travels a lot and go to a great deal of sporting events. I’m also a jogger.
The latest work-in-progress is a suspense called Bad (main character’s name is Baden and he was nicknamed Bad as a teen). He gets involved in a situation of mistaken identity and is thrust into a luxurious carnival ride that’s riddled with dangerous traps.
On the latest release Flood, Flash, and Pheromones:
Name of main character?
Dr. Cassie Nunez is a research psychiatrist that has devoted her life to finding a way to deal with violent criminals, specifically sex offenders. Her passion stems from a disturbing childhood incident. She’s smart, tough, and resilient.
What Cassie does that I wish I could do.
She’s infectiously charming in social circles and manages difficult situations with keen intelligence and strength.
Something Cassie would never do.
She’s not one to just set work aside and have fun, so going out for drinks after work or joining a bowling league wouldn’t happen. She’d probably never bungee jump or go white water rafting either. Why? Too frivolous and dangerous. It’s ironic since she often is thrown into tumultuous situations and has to scramble for her life. Greg’s impatience at constantly pulling her from danger exposes his protective nature for those he cares about.
What Cassie would say about me, Shelley.
Shelley is annoyingly talkative when you meet her for the first time. Probably an overcompensation for being somewhat introverted as most writers are.
What Cassie would say I do that embarrasses him/her
From Cassie: She constantly wants me(Cassie) to venture outside my research and take a class—you know something like basket weaving or jewelry making. She thinks I need to be more creative and artistic. I think she needs to spend less time having fun and do something constructive with her life. When I tell her to be constructive, she laughs and says “You mean crusty? No thanks. I did that already.”
About Flood, Flash, and Pheromones:
Hurricanes, high winds, helicopters, hormones, and a hot man—who’d have thought that a research scientist’s life didn’t have turbulence? Research scientist Cassie Nunez has one goal. To develop the implant that will suppress violent urges in sex offenders. Hurricane Amy has one goal. To destroy the Houston landscape and all of those in a three hundred mile vicinity. Unfortunately, Cassie’s research is being pulled away by Hurricane Amy’s floodwaters.
Private investigator Greg Davidson just wants to get to his meeting. In one piece. Except this sexy, darned-near-drowned woman gets in his way.
You’d think saving a woman from a hurricane’s flood waters wouldn’t be too much for this former cop.
Until the news choppers fly in.
Greg and Cassie fight the sexual pull that’s stronger than Hurricane Amy’s torrential onslaught, only to find out that they aren’t sure if they’re on opposite sides of a game that has higher stakes than Cassie’s research.