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Shawn  Kristen Maravel
Author of: Volition, Severance, and The Wanderer
Check out her Blog: here
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Welcome Shawn! Shawn Maravel is one of my favorite authors, and today she is treating us by doing an interview! Shawn has written three books so far and is currently working on her fourth project, her Volition series is currently released out to buy, and her third book The Wanderer will be avaiable in October!

Favorite food?
Favorite color?
Favorite animal?

Tell us a bit about yourself?
I grew up in a small township in New Jersey called Bethlehem. Not many people know where that is, even people who live close by! They usually think that I’m talking about Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It was a great place to grow up though, very open and clean. Not the New Jersey most would picture. I grew up in a little house on a mountain surrounded by trees and very few neighbors. Apart from reading and writing I like to listen to music, go on walks, play pool, and I’ve recently picked up snowboarding…though I’m not very good. I like all types of music but I always fall back on classic rock like Billy Joel, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, ACDC…the list goes on. My mom was actually pregnant with my sister and I when she and my dad attended a Jethro Tull concert. The music just makes me feel at home no matter where I am.

If you could describe yourself in three words, what words would you use?
Loyal, honest, and passionate

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
That’s a tough one. I kind of just fell into writing. It was something I started doing to keep sane. So I guess as long as it was a job that I love…that kept me sane and that I was passionate about I would do it. I wanted to do autobody repairs for a while among other things like architecture and being a physical trainer. But in the end I don’t enjoy anything as much as I enjoy writing. The only other job that I really enjoyed and felt truly accomplished for was helping my dad with his conveyor business. He has stopped doing it in recent years because it is very physically demanding but there was a period of time where he had a lot of jobs that my sister and I could help him with. For those who aren’t familiar with it, he designed and installed conveyors for inside of distribution centers. I would help him assemble, replace, or tear down things like conveyors, pallet rack, and flow rack. It was pretty “manly” work to be honest. I mean…building 25 foot steel pallet rack is as far from writing books as it gets. But I did however help out at a lot of jobs for the distribution centers of Wiley Publishing. So in a way…I guess I’ve always worked around books!

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write out of your books and why?
That’s a tough one! I really like the chapter where Charlotte and Joel meet in the hotel room and when they go back to the club to investigate. Those were both fun to write. The whole last half of Severance was pretty fun too, being able to really introduce a new side of Joel…in fact, that aspect made writing Severance really fun in general. Whenever I got to test Joel it was enjoyable for me. And the shower scene in Severance which was actually my sister Erika’s idea…the rawness of it and the fear and ever present sexiness…I liked that a lot.

As for The Wanderer, I like the scene where Landon first meets Max and when he gets news that really tests his emotional strength…you’d have to read it to find out what I’m talking about but this scene for me is really important because for a man that hasn’t been in battle and doesn’t deal with PTSD, the scene might seem a bit too…emotional. But in reality…the scene was pretty dead on to how a soldier would react to the situation after facing what Landon has in his military career. So it was really fun to portray such a real and raw emotion. (You’ll notice that I refer to raw emotions a lot…that is something that I think can really make a book. So I try to include it wherever I can.)

Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot of your books?
Charlotte’s father is created in light of my own father. He’s a strong guy who loves his daughter and wants what’s best for her. And my sister provided a lot of help in shaping the story as well as my friends but not based around their own lives. They all really had the story’s integrity at heart. My sister Erika actually provided me with the “invisible log” scene in Volition which her fiancé actually did to her when she tripped. I had wanted to add a few real little parts that added a relatable and fun addition to the story. She also suggested that I have Joel kiss Charlotte’s forehead every now and then, something her fiancé does, an added sign of affection between the characters. As for putting parts of my own life into the story I used a very special part of my relationship in the last park scene of Severance, but everyone will have to read the book to know what I’m referring to! Oh…and, I gave Charlotte the car that I wanted. Haha. If I can’t have it, she might as well!

What genre are you most comfortable writing?
I feel comfortable writing both YA and Literary Fiction. I don’t see myself writing thrillers or horror. It’s just not what I read. So I wouldn’t feel comfortable writing it. So basically, what I read is what I write. The book I’m working on now is kind of a romantic thriller but not crazy thriller. But it’s coming along slowly so I can’t really say that it’s “comfortable” just yet. The Wanderer was finished in two months. So…I’d say that was the most comfortable to write for me and it’s Literary Fiction. But I do hope to branch out. I don’t want my work to follow too much of a pattern. I want to test myself and I want to test my readers.

Your Volition series has a very strong romance between Joel and Charlotte, would you consider yourself a romantic?
Definitely! I would probably be a really great guy…I know, most women think that. But I really enjoy the small romantic things in relationships, especially in the beginning of them. I’ve decorated my husband’s room and car on multiple occasions throughout our seven year relationship and I am always thinking of different things to do along those lines. I also try and see the romantic side of things like the military and things that most people probably wouldn’t consider romantic. It helps me a lot actually. As crazy as that sounds. Romance is a way for me to kind make things that might be hard at first…less hard.

Out of all of your characters from Volition series and your new upcoming book The Wanderer who would you want to meet in person the most, and why?
Joel. Hands down. Who wouldn’t? haha. His love is so undying…so selfless. It’s a quality that not many people have. As a runner up I think Max, from The Wanderer would be really fun to hang out with. I think her and I would get along really well!

When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have?
I would like to feel accomplished and that my career as an author was successful. Not necessarily based on sales or popularity, but the fact that my books got people who hated reading to pick up a book or that they helped people discover something about themselves or about what they want out of life. Really…by those standards I already consider myself successful. I also look forward to the fact that my children can read my books and connect with me in a different way. And I think I can look back and know that I did something that I had once never thought myself capable of. And I’m really interested to see where this all goes and how many more things I can add to the list of what it will be like to look back on my career.

Do you have any recent news to share with us?

I’m pregnant! Just kidding…haha. Like I said before, I am working on a new book, since I’ve put off With Eyes That See for a while…possibly for good, but it’s too soon to get into details about it! We are supposed to be moving in November so things are going to get a little crazy. I may end up releasing The Wanderer earlier than expected to try and make that transition less hectic

Thank you Shawn for your time, and doing an interview! (:

If you would like to purchase one of Shawn's books please click here.

  • To see my review of Volition click here
  • To see my review of Severance click here


Sahina said...

I'm glad Shawn didn't become an autobody repairs person or architect and stuck with writing instead ;) great interview though! Loved the questions and answers :)

CherylAnne Ham said...

I love learning what makes authors tick. Thanks Shawn and thanks to Haley for hosting this great interview. :D

Harpreet Singh said...

This was a great interview! Great questions Haley and awesome answers Shawn! Can't wait to get my hands on Volition! I love giraffes too!! haha!! =D

Stephanie said...

Great interview!!
I live in Jersey too :) and i dont know where Bethlehem is lol. I live in a small borough so people never know where it is either lol

Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks said...

i was randomly clicking through the blogs and i found yours. great interview. i haven't heard of this author before and i'm definitely going to check out her books.

i'm a new follower. :)

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Christie (Neliss) said...

Really great interview and answers.;)) I hope I'll read Shawn's books soon. ^^ Especially after this interview.

Emily White said...

Ooh! Great interview! I absolutely loved the answers, too. Especially the one about her ideal career. :)

Now I must go and check out her books! :D

Bella Street said...

Great interview of a great writer!