Interview with Shawntelle Madison, Author of Coveted

Shawntelle Madison is the author of Coveted, her debut paranormal romance, which will be in stores April 24.  Shawntelle stopped by the virtual offices to talk about her new book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Shawntelle Madison]  A computer geek who loves good books, chocolate, and cool fall days. Even happier when I get those all at once.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Coveted?

[Shawntelle Madison]  Coveted is about Natalya Stravinsky, a werewolf with holiday trinket hoarding obsession whose life changes when her ex-boyfriend returns to town to save the South Toms River pack. Even though Thorn left five years ago, Nat and Thorn must work through their feelings for each other.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Shawntelle Madison]  The idea for Coveted came from one of my husband’s medical journals. One of them had a feature article about obsessive compulsive disorders. It went in-depth on the symptoms and treatments plans. I remember thinking as I read, I wonder what would happen if a werewolf had OCD? What would be the ramifications? After that Natalya was born. Her story and secondary characters came to life as I wrote the story.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?

[Shawntelle Madison]  For me, the hardest part of writing is staying on track actually. Sometimes when I get started I have so much fun, I have what I call an "oh-shiny" moment. There are several scenes that didn’t make it into the final book where Nat had some really fun adventures. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share them one day.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Nat?

[Shawntelle Madison]  Loyal. Neurotic. Sarcastic.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Thorn would never have in his bedroom?

[Shawntelle Madison]  That’s easy. Satin sheets (Egyptian cotton all the way.) A hamper. (The floor or a corner works just as good, right?) And finally, you wouldn’t find a brush. (’Cause hair that gorgeous simply needs a  nice breeze to look just right.)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Shawntelle Madison]  First, I’d definitely say the late Octavia Butler. I read her books while in high school and she opened a new world of sci-fi/fantasy for me. She made me think, if Octavia can write such great books, maybe I can too. In terms of writing new material, my music is my muse. When I need to feel a specific emotion, music does a fantastic job to bring me to the moment to write the right words.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Shawntelle Madison]  My laptop, Write or Die by Dr. Wicked, and Diet Cherry Coke Zero. (I used to need Jelly Belly Jelly Beans but I’ve weaned myself off those.)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Shawntelle Madison]  My mother is an avid reader. She reads very fast. I remember picking up her romance novels and reading them. One book that immediately comes to mind is LaVyrle Spencer’s Morning Glory. Such a good book. If I wanted to go back even further, I’d say Box Car Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Shawntelle Madison]  I’m a slow reader, so I try to read when I can. When I’m not reading, I’m making tools for writers on my author website, doing freelance work as a web developer, or I’m watching dramas from Korea. I love watching K-dramas! Once in a while I even love to sneak in a horror movie or some anime.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Shawntelle Madison]  Twitter:



[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can pre-order Coveted from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the widget below.  Book 2 in the series, Kept, is also available for pre-order.

One thought on “Interview with Shawntelle Madison, Author of Coveted

  • April 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

    This is such a great book. I’m so glad to see it’s out!

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