More Than This
by Shannyn Schroeder
When a lonely teacher teams up with a handsome bartender for some outrageous acts, they both get more than they bargained for…
Learning her ex-husband is going to be a father, Quinn Adams is determined to have a baby of her own—without the partnership of a man. But her sister and friends believe she needs to focus on herself first, and step out of her comfort zone by completing a list of adventures. Challenge number one is to go on five dates within two weeks. After a few disastrous attempts, Quinn’s ready to give up—until sexy bartender Ryan O’Leary offers his assistance.
Ryan has always been the dependable one in his family, often at his expense. But lately, he’s been longing for a life—and a woman—of his own. The woman he has in mind is Quinn. Though it seems all she wants is friendship, Ryan can’t ignore the explosive chemistry he feels between them. In the hopes of becoming closer, Ryan offers to help out with Quinn’s list. But when she asks him for a serious favor, he’s afraid it will jeopardize his chance to become more than friends.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Shannyn Schroeder is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to professional author. She came to reading romance later than many, but lives for the happy ending because real life can be depressing. She writes contemporary romance because she enjoys the adventure of new love.
In her spare time, she loves to bake cookies and watches far too much TV, especially cop shows. She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
Web site: http://www.ShannynSchroeder.com
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What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?
The first romance that I read was Nora Roberts’ The Return of Rafe MacKade. Up until that point, I hadn’t been a romance reader. Well, I had read a couple, but I didn’t know they were romance. What can I say? I was an English teacher. But when I read Rafe, I fell in love. He’s a former bad boy, who returns to his hometown as a successful carpenter. I have a soft spot for carpenters and bad boys. From then on, I gobbled up romance.
What main genre do you write in?
I write straight contemporary romance. When I first started writing, I tried my hand at romantic suspense because that was what I loved to read. But that’s not where my writing voice is. When I began MORE THAN THIS, I knew it would be contemporary (with no suspense). By the time I finished, I found my voice and everything I’ve written since has been in the same genre.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I’m mostly a pantser. I’ve tried to outline because I am truly jealous of those who can outline and know exactly where the story is headed. Whenever I’ve tried to outline, the story flounders. I do some planning. For instance for my two current works-in-progress I actually wrote a short synopsis describing how I thought the story might go. Once I wrote them, though, I didn’t go back and look at them.
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
I used to just have a vague idea of who my characters were before writing and then I’d let them reveal themselves to me. The problem with that is I could write literally tens of thousands of words that would then have to be cut because they weren’t needed for the story. Now, before I start writing, I spend a lot of time discovering my characters and really getting a grasp on who they are. It makes writing them (and the whole writing process) much easier, especially now that I have to write on deadline. I can’t afford to rewrite the first half of a book until I finally understand the characters.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
My web site has my book information, including covers and excerpts. Although I’m not on Facebook, I am on Twitter and Pinterest. On Pinterest, I like to pin things related to books I’m working on, so readers can get a sneak peek at how I envision my heroes and heroines.
Web site -- http://www.ShannynSchroeder.com
Pinterest -- http://pinterest.com/seschroeder/
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