Krystal Shannan is the author of the Pool of Souls series, which we love! We have read and reviewed the first two books, Open House and Finding Hope, and can't wait for the next installment! She is also the author of Chasing Sam and A Very Russian Christmas.
Open House (Pool of Souls #1)
Finding Hope (Pool of Souls #2)
Krystal was kind enough to join us for an interview! We are excited to hear more about her fantastic Pool of Souls series, what motivates her to write, and any other projects she may be up to!
MBB: How and when did you decide to become a writer?
KS: I've been writing as long as I can remember. I don't think 'not writing' was ever a choice, but I didn't consider publishing anything until last year. The stories have always been there, even in elementary I would write all the time. As I grew, they did too.
MBB: What was the approach you took to begin the process of writing your series, Pool of Souls?
KS: Well... I sorta came up with the idea in the car on the way to work one morning. It started off as just the contemporary story between Robert and Rebecca, but when I sat down to start writing, Aphrodite appeared and then Ares and they took it and ran! Now, I can't imagine it without them and I'm so excited for where they are taking me next.
MBB: I can only imagine! Was there any special research or preparation required?
KS: Not a lot. I've read and studied Greek mythology for years. I love ancient cultures. I'm sure I would make a great archeologist, lol.
MBB: Would you mind sharing a little about the book or series (any tidbits that we won't find in the books are welcomed, too)?
KS: Hmmm...well... In my mind, Aphrodite loves fashion, but she's at a total loss when it comes to technology and social media. The arc of the series will follow Aphrodite and Ares's relationship and trials. A lot of things are still being planned, so even I don't know everything yet!
MBB: What do you like most about the paranormal genre?
KS: I adore the ability to make my fantasy reality! With paranormal anything is possible.
MBB: What are your plans for future projects?
KS: I have plans for more in the Pool of Souls Series, Vegas Mates Series, and I have a Faerie Tale Series in the works to launch later this year.
MBB: If you were stuck on a deserted island with just one book what would it be and why?
KS: I could never choose, LOL. But Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of my all time favorites. Dark, dangerous, sexy, and wrapped in mythology.
MBB: What advice would you give to other writers who are just starting out?
KS: A lot of people will tell you to write, write, write. While that is very important, if you really want to succeed in this business, you need a plan. A plan to market yourself and who you are to your readers. This is a business. It's worth it, if it's what you want to do, but you must be willing to invest time and money. Make sure your product is good and make sure you present it in a professional way.
MBB: That is great advice! Is there anything else you would like to add?
KS: Just a huge thank you!
MBB: Thank you, Krystal! We love the Pool of Souls series, and can’t wait for the next book!
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Interviewed by Stephanie