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July 24, 2013



I love Finn and Enna, I'm so glad you created them! Your fight scenes are very well written, and you say just enough without getting graphic or too vague. (The cutting off of a finger in River Secrets was just a teeny bit too much for me, though. I think I groaned when I first read it.)


Your fight scenes are incredible, Shannon! They are intense, but not so intense that I can't stand to read another word (unlike some books out there). The finger cutting in Forest Born was definitely unexpected and quite terrifying, but after reading that scene a couple of times, I realized that it's not nearly as gory as it could have been. And for that, I must thank you, along with the creativity of your other fight scenes.


I remember being uncomfortable when I wrote my first fight scene, plain and simply because I hadn't done it before. Turns out I have a talent for fight scenes. Their only complaint was that it felt like I cut it off just a little earlier than it should have. And I'm a girl.


"I overheard someone say it once about their college professor." I laughed out loud at that.

Ugh, fight scenes. Still working on getting those right. But it inspires me to know that you didn't like writing them either and were able to work through that. :)


I agree with Aquinnah that they're intense, but they're also...graceful. Elegant. (The ones with fire, wind, water, and people-speaking.) Since your main warriors are girls, I think that's what gives the fighting a sense of balance, of moderation, and of grace.


When you are writing a book do you always have the title in mind beforehand or is it something you come up with during the writing process?


You've mentioned once or twice that you've contemplated and dismissed many Bayern book ideas. Because I am apparently a glutton for punishment and want to hear about books I'll probably never read... I'm curious. What concepts/characters have you considered?


Often, I dread reading through fight scenes - sometimes it gets too technical for me, and I get bogged down by the amount of detail in them. But I've never experienced that in your books. I think that's because you always keep your focus on the story. While your fight scenes are realistic, they still hold true to the voice that your book began with, and so I'm not reading about somebody slashing someone or other for pages and pages, thinking "I wish this would be over already." That has to be a seriously hard skill to master.

And I love that you stole that line. What is it about some college professors? :)

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