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Writer’s Window: Shannon Taylor Vannatter

Monday, July 18, 2011

Joining us today for Writer’s Window is romance author Shannon Taylor Vannatter.

One lucky commenter* will win a signed copy of Shannon’s contemporary romance novel, White Pearls. Deadline for leaving a comment to enter the drawing is Friday. To enter the drawing, you must answer the question posed by Shannon at the end of the interview. Only one comment per person will count toward the drawing. Please do not include your e-mail address in the body of your comment—just make sure it’s correct when you sign in to leave your comment. The winning name will be drawn next weekend and the winner will be notified via e-mail.

*U.S. residents only, void where prohibited. If you win the drawing, you will be ineligible for the next three drawings, though hopefully you will still come back and join in the discussion.


Shell doesn’t have a good reputation. . . . But no matter what everyone in Rose Bud, Arkansas, thinks of her, she’s back in town with a job to do. She’ll stick it out and make the best of things. But why does Ryler have to be the landscaper on this project? She was just getting her heart under control. Ryler has his own reasons for being in Rose Bud, and they don’t include Shell. Spying on his birth family was going to be hard enough. He doesn’t have time to worry about a woman who dumped him. . .even if his heart says otherwise.

Welcome, Shannon!
What do you like best about being a writer?

    I love creating the characters, their back story, and getting to know them and I love hearing from readers.

What do you like least about being a writer?

    Tying up a series and having to leave those characters behind.

Pop, Soda, or Coke? What do you call it, and what’s your favorite variety?

    Coke Zero. And where I live, it’s all called Coke. I rarely drink it though. I’m a sweet tea kind of gal.

What’s your favorite dessert?

    Turtle flavored anything—candies, pie, cheesecake, ice cream. I love the combination of chocolate, caramel, and pecans.

What’s the most fun/interesting/crazy/scary/unique hands-on research you’ve done for a book?

    Watching the movie 8 Seconds. Bull riding makes me really nervous and I can totally relate to my heroine in the rodeo series I’m working on now. I remember when bull rider Lane Frost died, but never watched the movie. Once I started my new series, I decided to because I thought it might give me inside info and help me relate to my heroine’s worry about her man. I didn’t know it actually re-enacted the scene where Lane Frost died. Luckily, I was home alone. I wailed. It was so sad because I knew it really happened. In the movie, it showed his parents and wife witnessing his death. I was glad to learn through further research, that they weren’t there.

What’s your favorite movie from childhood?

    Herbie the Love Bug

If you were to write a novel about what your life would have been like if you’d become what you wanted to be at eight years old, what kind of character would the story be about?

    A girl who works at Six Flags Over Georgia, wearing rollers skates and sweeping the park, who falls in love with and marries Prince Charming.

What makes you happy?

    Being with my husband and son.

What makes you nervous?

    Bull riding. I also went to the Fort Worth Stockyards for research. I cringed through the whole event.

What’s your biggest dream for the future?

    Being on the bestseller list.

Tell us about your newest release and what you’re working on now.

    White Pearls is the final book in my Romance, Arkansas series. The hero and heroine are unsaved and have had a promiscuous past, with others and together. They’re forced to work together and a series of events begins to awaken their faith. The book wraps up all the loose threads from the previous two in the series. I was kind of sad to finish the series.

    I’m currently working on Book 2 in my Texas rodeo series.

Where can people find out more about you/connect with you online?

Now it’s your turn to ask the question. What question do you want to ask the commenters to answer?

    I’m an avid animal lover, so I’d like to hear about pets. What kind, what breed, and cute habits.


Central Arkansas author Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife.
Her three-book debut series of contemporary inspirational romances with Heartsong Presents are set in Romance and Rose Bud, Arkansas. Heartsong titles ship to an 11,000 member book club before releasing in stores. Vannatter’s titles: White Roses, White Doves, and White Pearls are available at White Roses won the 2011 Inspirational Readers Choice Award in the short contemporary category. The 18th Annual Heartsong Awards named Vannatter #3 Favorite New Author, White Roses #1 Favorite Contemporary Novel, and White Doves #8 Favorite Contemporary Novel. The Democrat-Gazette newspaper, Three Rivers Edition, named Vannatter one of 20 to Watch in 2011.

Her next series is set around Texas rodeos. The first book will release to the Heartsong book club in October.

  1. Monday, July 18, 2011 3:59 am

    I am going to have to see what turtle Ice cream is and other things. Not a flavour I hear about here in australia.
    I dont have any pets at present. my last one was a claytons cat. The cat you have when you dont have a cat. She belonged to the neighbours but lived at my place. they arrived as kittens Gismo and Horse. Horse use to jump the fence to escape the energetic boys and eventually only went home for food. Then they got a new dog and that was it. Horse became mine. She is named after the Cat from you know where in a comic strip called Footrot flats but is nothing like that one. That Horse was evil. Horse use to roll over and be cute all the time. She was black and white and loved me. Oh she liked to go under the blankets on the bed or if there was a cupboard open and you couldn’t find her that would be where she was. She was often hiding in the wardrobe or any cupboard she could get into. She died about 4 years ago and I do still miss her.


  2. Emily permalink
    Monday, July 18, 2011 7:33 am

    I have one cat who steals my gum. I find wrappers around the house with half-chewed pieces inside. His favorite seems to be mint (I guess it’s part of the catnip family), but he’s been known to steal other flavors, including fruity ones.

    My other cat steals anything left (even briefly) on the counters, including loaves of bread (he ate half a loaf once before giving up). He drags that sucker off the counter, through the kitchen, into the living room, and under the couch. I watched him do it one day, just out of sheer disbelief and the delight of seeing a cat not walk with dignity, grace and poise.

    Thanks for sharing with us today, Shannon!


  3. Monday, July 18, 2011 10:11 am

    Hey Aus Jenny,
    I guess we don’t get that cartoon here, since I’ve never heard of it. I love cats. Pets steal our hearts and its so sad when they leave us. I have two cats. They’re both six. The male is really playful, loves being held and loved. The female wants to be left alone. You can pet her, but don’t try holding her.

    A gum chewing cat. How funny. I used to have a weenie dog that did the bread thing. We had to make sure the bread was nowhere near the edge of the table or counter. If she could see it, she’d jump until she got it when we left and eat practically the whole loaf. Then she’d look like a loaf for a few days.


  4. Monday, July 18, 2011 10:23 am

    Fun interview, Shannon & Kaye.

    I love “turtle” anything too. My favorite flavors all wrapped up in one dessert.

    Growing up on a dairy farm, I was surrounded by animals. We always had one dog (usually a German shepherd) and an uncountable number of cats–all outdoor animals. But now that I’m a suburbanite, I’m limited to one kitty, a calico named Kisses (because she loves to give us kisses). Someday, when I write my bestseller, I’ll get my five acres on Lake Superior’s north shore so I can get a big dog again.


  5. Monday, July 18, 2011 10:28 am

    I have two cats. Before they came to live with me they were strays. Their names are Kenny Chesney and Allie Cat. Kenny does a funny thing, When have a bell on both the front and back door and when he wants to go out he rings the bell and that means he wants to go out.


  6. Monday, July 18, 2011 10:47 am

    Yay, Shannon!! We have a new 6-week-old “grandkitten” that we’re keeping a few weeks until it’s ready to go to my daughter’s house. How I’m going to feel when it’s time to let her go, I don’t know. Of course right now, EVERYTHING she does is cute, including running through the house with her back end getting to the destination before her front end – that end-over-end stop is always a laugh! Then there’s the chewing on my nose. It’s her favorite place to leave “love bites.”

    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED “White Pearls,” and can not WAIT for the next series!! Don’t enter me – let someone who hasn’t had the pleasure!!


  7. Kav permalink
    Monday, July 18, 2011 12:02 pm

    I guess I have to stand up for doglovers everywhere. The cats are outnumbering us. LOL. I have a shetland sheepdog named Simba who has a deep abiding hatred for squirrels. He even tries to climb trees to get at them and when he doesn’t succeed he attacks the tree! Poor tree. Poor squirrels. Poor me.


  8. Monday, July 18, 2011 12:03 pm

    Hey critter (critique partner). I see that bestseller. You can have countless cats again too. Kisses is a sweet name for a cat.

    My friend once had a min pin who rang the bell on the door to go out. Smart kitty.

    (Another writing bud) Love your kitten descriptions. It needs to go in a book. Thanks for the cheers. You’re such a great cheerleader.


  9. Monday, July 18, 2011 12:43 pm

    I’m not a turtle fan. Don’t care for caramel. Give me chocolate, straight up.

    My baby is a half-crazed calico named Zoe. She sleeps with me at night, usually curled up on my knees. Sometimes, she’ll get on my chest to be hugged and other times she’ll lay down beside my arm so I’ll put it over her and hug her till she falls asleep. She has nightmares sometimes and I guess touching me while she sleeps keeps them away.

    She’s also quite fond of snoozing on my desk while I’m writing.


  10. Monday, July 18, 2011 11:19 pm

    Kav, you always have the funniest animals. I have both. Two cats and a dog. The dog is a chocolate lab named Hershey. She absolutely has to have something in her mouth. Fingers, wrists, sticks, pinecones. In a pinch, a leaf will do. But she doesn’t play fetch. She will not give up whatever she’s got. She also gets very excited and bows her body sideways and wagging her tail. Her tail hits her in the face, but she wags anyway.


  11. Monday, July 18, 2011 11:21 pm

    I had a calico when I was a teenager. She loved laying on my knees. When I got married, we moved across a hayfield. She would not move with me. I’d beg her, call her, cajole her, but she stayed at my parents. I even went and got her and locked her in the house with me all day. As soon as I opened the door, she scurried home. Every time, I went to visit my parents, she was all over me, but never came to my house.


    • Tuesday, July 19, 2011 1:30 pm

      My Zoe follows me everywhere! Even next door sometimes. I’ve moved to Mississippi and New York with her in tow, and back to Louisiana again.


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