Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sheep Interview: Erin Kellison + give away (INT)

ain't she purty?
Today we have Erin Kellison hanging with the flock. Her second novella, Shadow Play, in her spin-off series recently released! The first novella, Shadow Touch, was my introduction to Erin's writing and I have been a fangirl of her writing ever since. Her tech savvy husband made an interactive website based on her Shadow novels for fans to play at. So after you check out the interview, enter to win the whole set of Shadow novels, and buy her novellas...head over and check out the Segue Institute!

Sharon: *lights candles* Hello, have a seat and help yourself to some Moonpies and Kool-Aid. Sorry we don’t have any lights, but Katie stuffed the very last of our money into the pants of a previous guest instead of paying the electric bill! But you got to admit, the shadows cast by the candles adds to the mood.
Katie: *pulls out violin*
Erin: I happen to love shadows! And… yum!

Sharon: Today we are going to talk about your Shadow Touch novella series, which is a spinoff of your fabulous Shadow series. Can you tell the poor unfortunate souls who don’t know the Shadow series a little about it?
Erin: My Shadow series is contemporary dark fantasy with a twisted take on fairy tale and comprises three books: Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall, and Shadowman. I’ll be giving away a set of them today. Shadow in my world is synonymous with magic, and it’s seeping into modern life from a place I call Twilight, a realm between earth and the hereafter. The fae live there and they want nothing more than to cross into our domain.
Katie: Did you just mention Twilight??? *perks up straighter* Are we talking about sparkly vamps Twilight?
Erin: Alas, I have neither vampires, nor sparkly-skinned people. (Although, once upon a time, before publication my first book, Shadow Bound, was titled Touch of Twilight. Still no relation to the Cullens.)

Katie: How many smexy heroes do we have in the Shadow Touch Novella series?
Erin: We have… ONE! Dr. Cameron Kalamos (picture Ian Somerhalder)
*everyone, a moment of silence while we picture Ian...le sigh*.
He’s a scientist, likes his quiet research into Shadow and the fae, but when Eleanor Russo comes to him for help, both his intellect and his passions are aroused. See, Ellie’s got a unique problem: To her constant humiliation, her shadow is able to move, speak, and act on its own. Her shadow is the naked embodiment of her id and is motivated by instinct and curiosity, and thus stirs up a whole lot of trouble. Ellie’s situation forces Cam out of the lab and into life and death situations he could never have anticipated. I settled on a thinking man—someone who used to be content to work in the lab, but is called upon to do great things.

Sharon: I have read and reviewed the first novella Shadow Touch and it was my introduction to Erin’s writing. I have been a fan ever since! Katie, if you want lots of smexy man candy, you can read the Shadow Series.
Katie: Now, how could I ever say no to that?
Erin: Katie, send me your email and e-format of choice, and I’m happy to send them to you.

Sharon: What brought about the creation of the Shadow Touch novella series? Why did you decide to do novellas instead of novels for this series?
book #1
Erin: Ellie and Cam were actually intended for a book. I loved the idea of a disembodied shadow that said whatever she wanted to without reference to whether it was socially correct or not. I loved that the shadow would not be shy about her sexual interests, and I was gleefully excited to explore what would happen when Ellie (and her shadow) were forced to fight for what was important to her. And I loved the dynamic I had envisioned between her and Cam. This would have been the third novel in my Shadow series, but I abandoned it in favor of Shadowman. I wanted to do a novella in between releases, and I used Ellie and Cam for what became Shadow Touch. But as soon as I finished, I knew I wanted to continue with their story—I had so much more that I wanted to do with them. Luckily, my publisher was behind me, and they agreed to three more installments, for a total of four, to complete Ellie and Cam’s arc.
Sharon: Actually that is a win-win for everyone. You get to write their story and we get something to read while waiting for your novels to come out.
(Heaven forbid if Katie’s shadow ever got out!)
Erin: *snort* Mine would be pretty bad too.

Book #2
Sharon: The second novella, Shadow Play, is a continuation of Shadow Touch. Should people read the first novella before Shadow Play?
Erin: I’m writing each as a stand-alone adventure, so readers should be able to start anywhere. But to get the complete evolution of Ellie and Cam’s romance, I’d recommend starting at the beginning, when he has her thrown in a prison cell reserved for monsters.
Katie: Growing up what stories did you read? Did they help bring you into this writing world?
Book #3
Erin: I read everything! I don’t remember much before sixth grade, except the Narnia series. But I can remember reading Judy Blume and Lois Duncan and Joan Aiken. When I was about twelve I asked my mom about Jane Eyre and she told me that it was too hard for me. Which ticked me off so much that J.E. was the very next book I read, even though it took me about five months to complete. I loved the classic gothic romances. I loved Tolkien. I loved Anne McCaffrey. I gobbled books. Still gobble them.
Sharon: *discretely moves my TBR pile away from the book gobbler*

Sharon: How many novellas will there be in the Shadow Touch series and will they all be about Cam and Ellie or will there be other people’s stories to tell?
new series July 1st
Erin: There are officially four novellas in the Shadow Touch series: Shadow Touch (out now), Shadow Play (April 24), Shadow Hunt (Dec 2012), and Shadow ?? (2013). They are all about Ellie and Cam, each story furthering their romantic and character arcs. They also bridge the parallel worlds of my Shadow series and my soon to be released Shadow Kissed series (Fire Kissed, July 1!) so readers get a tiny intro into both. Hopefully, they will want to read more.
Sharon: Now that we have the business end of this interview done, let’s talk about some uncomfortably personal things like what you do behind closed doors…
Erin: Ummmm…..
Katie: *evil laugh*
Sharon: Hey, get your minds out of the gutter people! I just wanted to know what flavor toothpaste do you use?
Erin: Oh… mint.

Katie: If you could go away for a romantic weekend with anyone, fictional or not from past or present, who would it be and why?
Erin: It’d have to be my sweet husband—he’s sane to my crazy, a rock to my storm, and he has all the right moves. ;)
Sharon: awww, and now that he isn’t in the room anymore? Care to change your answer? <G>
Erin: Nah… I’d still take him. I’m in lerve.

Sharon: If every time you walked into a room theme music/song would play, what would yours be?
Erin: She’s a maniac… maniac… (kidding. No idea.)
Sharon: going to go with option one unless you come up with something else! <G>
Katie: And she's dancing like she's never danced before!

Katie: what’s a tv show you're addicted to right now?
Erin: Game of Thrones and Castle are my faves
Katie: For real! Season 2 of Thrones is really building up all the players that are going for the Throne. And Castle now has Worf on it!!
Erin: I’m actually watching Game of Thrones right now.

Sharon: What is something you consider beautiful in: Art, music, dance, nature and you.
Erin: Art: My kids’ efforts to draw anything. Music: My husband plays the guitar and has written me some amazing songs. Dance: I used to be pretty serious about ballet and still think it is exquisite. Nature: Spring. Moi: I’m at my best (most goofy, most creative, most happy) with my family.

Sharon: Where/when do most your best ideas come to you? Car? Shower? While eating Fruit Loops?

evil torture device
Erin: Alas, the best ideas come to me when I am working out, which I hate (loathe, despise) to do.
Sharon: lol, what kind of work out do you do that inspires so much disdain?
Erin: The dreaded elliptical machine. It’s a torture device.

And now some Rapid Fire questions!

Sharon: Nickelodeon or Disney?
Erin: Disney

Katie: Chick rock or chick rap?
Erin: Rock
Sharon: does chick rap even exist?
Katie: *shrugs* No idea.
Erin: I didn’t know either.

Sharon: hammock or chaise lounge?
Erin: Lounge

Katie: Snow bunny or Beach bum?
Erin: Bum
Sharon: I prefer tight bums…oh, wait, you were referring to something else <G>
Katie: No, no. Let's refer to that.
Erin: LOL

Sharon: lefty or righty?
Erin: Righty

bet y'all would have preferred a pic of boxers
Sharon: berries or melons?
Erin: Berries
Sharon: favorite?
Erin: Straw

Katie: Boxers or Briefs?
Erin: Boxers

Sharon: mountain forest or Tropical Island?
Erin: Both
Sharon: *shoots irritated look at Erin* cheater!
Erin: Okay, fine. Mountain forest. After a while I’d feel too isolated on an island.

Katie: Cherry pie or peach pie?
Erin: Cherry

Sharon: giggle or laugh?
Erin: Guffaw
Katie: snort.
Sharon: Mwahahaha!

Katie: Sexy superhero or twisted villain?
Erin: Superhero!
Sharon: got a favorite? I like Thor.
Katie: *head desk* Just wait till she brings up Prime.
Erin: Thor is mighty nice, but only if he has his shirt off.
Sharon: well, if you insist...

Katie: Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, would you like to add anything before we wrap?
Erin: Thanks so much for having me! This was a blast. Stop by my website for more info on my upcoming releases, and to read excerpts from all the books in my Shadow series. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook – links are below:
My website:
Twitter (@ekellison):


  1. Oooh, so excited about her new series! And I'm all for "Shadow Sex" too *grin*

    Leave me out of the drawing since I have all the books :) Just wanted to chime in & support Erin.

    1. lol, thanks for stopping by :) maybe it can be a classier title, like Shadow Intercourse...or Shadow Love!

    2. You are awesome, Mina! Thank you so much!

  2. I'm going to go out on a limb with "Shadow Love", and I'd love to win all three books. My eldest son loves this genre.


  3. Shadow Seduction

  4. What about Shadow Kiss?
    Follower :)

    1. well, she does have Fire Kissed coming out this year :)

    2. Yep, Sharon. Good point. But I like the title anyway!

  5. Great interview. I would say Shadow Dance.
    GFC follower CrystalGB

    1. makes me think of Andy Gibb! anyone here old enough to remember him ?

    2. Very cool... needs a bit of menace or heat tho.

  6. I've read a loved the first in this series, and would like to read about what happens to the characters in this first book. How about Shadow Born???
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Shellie - Layers of Thought

    1. Shellie, our brains work alike. I almost named FIRE KISSED, FIRE BORN, which would have made it the Shadow Born series.

  7. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! I like the idea of Shadow Sex too, lol, but maybe Shadow Strikes? Tough to come up with original titles, I'm sure!

    1. I am sure it is! I guess a thesaurus comes in handy, thanks for stopping by

    2. Titles are my nemesis. Shadow Sex made me snort my drink, tho. Thanks for that!

    3. I figured why beat around the bush...

  8. Great interview(I always love the lightning rounds)~ and thanks for the giveaway! For a title, how about...Wicked Shadows or Shadow Embrace?
    I can't wait to read them all! (my TBR pile is starting to rival the leaning tower of Piza! LOL)
    Thanks again! Darkand ;) ~

    1. good one! The rapid fire questions are fun to come up with.

    2. The lightning rounds are the best part!!!

  9. All that keeps popping up in my head is Shadow Valley but that sounds too much like Shadow Fall. Ugh. lol Thanks so much for this giveaway!
    Lmackesy @

    1. lol, that is okay. we won't judge you....much ;) we appreciate you taking the time to comment :)

    2. No worries, Lauren. I have to send mini lists to my editor to get the ideas rolling. And some of those titles have been wretched.

  10. Great interview. I haven't read any of the books but they sound great.

    How about Shadow Reveal?

    Would love to win, but if not.....congrats to the one who does!


    1. they are! I love her writing, and the world she created is unique and you don't want to ever run into the Wraiths!

    2. I like the symbolism in "reveal", Deb. Very cool.

      Aw, Sharon, thank you so much! (check is in the mail)

  11. Love The Interview Love Your Books. What About Shadow Hearts OR Shadow Year Maybe even Shadow Song Shadow River i have more lol.

    1. I like Shadow Song! I just got my copy of Shadow Play and can't wait to start reading! thanks for stopping by

    2. April does what I do.. the list. Then I hit one and think, wait... that could work! Thrilled you've enjoyed the books!

  12. Hey, there's no pepsi vs coke question this time. Is the competition over yet?

    Shadow sex is fun, but if it's too.. Obvious.. What about Shadow master..


    ps, i wanna know what katie's and sharon's shadows will do or say..

    1. no Sienny, you don't want to know can't believe we forgot to ask that one!!!

    2. I want to know what they would do or say too! And it's coke. ;)

    3. hahahaha See she likes Coke. The BEST drink in the world!!!!!!!!!

  13. Nice picture of Thor!
    How about 'Shadow Crossed'?
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

    1. all pictures of Thor are nice ;) appreciate you commenting and good luck!

    2. Shadow Crossed is officially a real contender. Love it.

  14. Fun interview! My TBR list keeps growing and growing. Shadow Unveiled.
    Follower. :)

    1. I have a massive TBR too. Unveiled is very cool, a little mysterious. Could work with that.

  15. I like Shadow Sex but how about Shadow Sins? Great interview.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. Another vote for Sex. If I put it on the list, it will get chosen, so I'm going for Shadow Sins. Very dark. :)

  16. What about Shadow Obsession.

    1. you guys are coming up with all original ideas! this is great:) thanks for stopping by

    2. LOVE obsession! Need one syllable synonym. Blast.

  17. Shadow Essence? Shadow Cast(er)?


  18. shadow kiss?? shadow ... wow thats tough!!!! erm how bout shadow magic?

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

    ( i follow!!)

    1. don't strain your brain too much! we need you some what sane or you might end up in the dungeon...with Tina!

    2. Shadow Kiss almost happened as well, but we thought it might conflict with the first Shadow series and the second KISSED series. Great minds. No need to strain. ;)

  19. BAHAHAHAHAHAHHA Okay, just had to get that laugh out of the way:) You guys crack me up, and Erin was so cool about your, you know, ummm...oddness. *snort*

    Okay, the fourth novella...let's see. Since I'm guessing the fourth one will be the conclusion and sort of a wrap up, how about Shadow Heart?

    wayfaringwriter at gmail dot com

    1. works for me! thanks, we were actually pretty tame with Erin, this was her first interview with us and we want her to come back. Next time we will give her the full Sheep treatment!! Muwahaha!

    2. I can't handle full Sheep anything! SIGH That didn't come out right.

    3. You can handle it Erin, fear not. muaaaahahahahahahaha

  20. Brenda totally took the title I came up with, Shadow Heart. But there are some good ones here. Love the rapid fire part of your interviews.
    teawench at gmail dot com

    1. Shadow Heart--all right, it's growing on me. In fact, I think I love it. I love Sharon's interviews too. :)

  21. Thanks for the lovely interview ladies, that was truly fun. But not as much fun as Katie around a handsome male interviewee ...
    A title for a Shadow novella, let me think ...
    Shadow Captured? It seems to fit with Touch, Play, Hunt.

    I am a follower.

    1. Captured is very cool. And good fit for plot, I think. Hmmmm.....

  22. Hi Sharon :)

    I agree I think "Shadow Sex" is perfect! LOL.. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!!!

    I'm a follower :)

    P.s. Sharon I have been wanting to come and tell you how much I LOVED your comment about my dog Pinky on my giveaway post! LMAO. I agree with you, and she probably has tried to smother me while I was sleeping but just has yet to succeed. Many times I have woken up in the middle of the night to see her watching me and now it all makes sense....Maybe she really doesn't like to play dress up?! LOL...

    Thanks for the great laugh! I sick this week so I didn't get to comment back much or else I would have already told you that your comment made my day! LOL :) Have a great weekend!

    1. lol, I know my dog would do it, plus she has to much time alone in the house for me to want to piss her off like that :) She actually ATE my daughter's chemistry homework yesterday! Sleep with one eye open for a while. hope you feel better soon and thanks for stopping by, I am an email subscriber to your blog! love to visit :)

    2. Post link please... I wanna know about pissing of Pinky!

  23. How about...Shadow Speak or maybe Shadow Spoken.
    I just don't think anything could really top your "Shadow Sex" suggestion :P

    GFC follower- Jet

    1. Great ideas... and yeah, the Shadow Sex is very popular. I think the universe is trying to tell me something...

  24. Fun interview. Shadow Hunt

    I follow via email.


    1. Shadow Hunt is my WIP! Great minds, I tell you!

  25. Shadow Dangers. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    GFC - JessS

    1. Danger is great word and can work both ways... love it.

  26. I say Shadow Grind. Cause really who doesn't love a good grind. ;) Feel me? Anyone? No really, someone feel me! *crickets*

    Ok fine! :P

  27. Enjoyed the interview!

    For title: Shadow Catch
    Contact info: also a facebook follower (same email).

    1. I had fun doing it. Shadow Catch has potential!

  28. First off, awesome interview :) I love all of Erins books!

    As for ideas? How about...
    Shadow Frenzy
    Shadow Spell
    Shadow Fire? Lol idk ;)

    I'm a follower! And would be thrilled to win :)


    1. Waving HI!!! I found you!

      Loving Shadow Spell. Have to mull that one over!


  29. Shadow Walk?

    had a fun time reading the interview :)

  30. So many have the same ideas it's hard to think up something different (I really like Shadow sex :D)but how about Shadow Moves?

    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  31. What a fun interview. Thank you so much Erin for sharing with us sheeples and for the awesome giveaway opportunity! I am going off the cuff here and title the next book Shadow Muse.

    GFC Denise Zaky

  32. contest closed! Will be picking a winner any minute...

  33. BAAA ! Sheepishly awaiting the results.

  34. I just bought the first one in this series and am looking forward to reading it. What about Shadow Sizzle, or for a switch shifting Shadows

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