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Shona Husk | From Inspiration to Story
Author Guest / October 2, 2014

I often get asked where my ideas come from. A lot of the time I actually don’t know as I can’t pinpoint what exactly triggered it, or what made me chose that direction. Loosely, a conversation with my kids about what mazes could be made out of triggered the Court of Annwyn series. Yeah…not exactly an obvious connection to an entire alternate world ruled by fairies. But I already had in my mind the character of Caspian (THE OUTCAST PRINCE), who was psychometric. Taryn (LORD OF THE HUNT) who needed something from the fairy Court came as I went through the maze. So an idea for a story usually starts with a character. They wander in to my mind and away I go. Sometimes that character is inspired by a picture, other times a news article, most often I have no idea…I think I have a green room in my mind where characters sit around and chat just waiting for the right moment to make their entrance. For the Annwyn series it was the maze that opened the door. Once I have one character I have to go looking for the other (in takes two to make a romance). I…

Shona Husk | Mid-series Novellas
Author Guest / June 5, 2014

I love novellas as a reader and a writer. As a reader I don’t always have time, or the focus, to read a novel and yet I love dipping into other worlds and a novella gives a little bit more than a short story. Over the years I’ve written quite a few novellas (that became really apparent when I recently redid my website and re categorized everything). And it was novellas that got me my first break into publishing. Since then I’ve also written half a dozen novels in 3 different series and I have a few more waiting in the wings. While I’d written novella series (like the SFR Decadent Moon and the erotic paranormal series Sex with Strings) I’d never written a mid-series novella. My Annwyn books are all around 80,000 words, and there is a definite progression of events even though each book stands alone. And yet I had this idea that wouldn’t be shaken even though it didn’t fit with the other three books. The Changeling Soldier occurs after Lord of the Hunt and over the first half of To Love a King—but it entirely set in our world not Annwyn. I also knew that the…