I’d like to welcome Shannyn Schroeder to Authors4Veterans. We’re happy you could join us. Let’s get to know you better.
First of all, do you have a personal connection to the military or what is the reason you chose to support Authors4Veterans?
I am married to a U.S. Marine who served in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield (many, many years ago). In addition, my father and grandfather were both in the Army.
Thank you so much for their service. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where you live? Do you have one of those day-jobs?
I live in a Chicago suburb. I’m a mom of three and a former high school and middle school English teacher. I do have a day job – a few actually. I work as a curriculum editor and I teach college level English grammar and a middle school enrichment program on Saturdays. I also do some tutoring. My schedule is always packed, especially when you add in the kids’ activities (swim team is a killer). I do find downtime and when I can, I love to bake cookies and I watch a lot of TV. And of course, I read.
You’re a super busy lady. Tell us about your latest release and share one detail from your current release with readers that they might not find in the book?
I have a book releasing on October 12, Meeting His Match. I had a lot of fun researching for this book, which pits a professional matchmaker against a YouTube pick-up artist to see who can help three women find love. I spent a lot of time reading about matchmaking and the techniques pick-up artists use. If my husband ever looked at my browser history, he’d probably freak out.
OMG! I bet he would freak out. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?
The most difficult thing about writing men is that most men aren’t talkers, especially when it comes to emotional stuff. In romance, we need the characters to communicate or nothing would ever happen. It’s a tough balancing act to get them talking without making it sound like a bunch of women chatting.
I have to agree with you on that one. What would you choose as your specialty if you were in the military?
I’m really too much of a chicken to be in the military, but if I had to choose, I think sniper. I have no problem working alone. I can handle being silent for long periods of time. And I have excellent focus and attention.
Do you have anything you would like to say to our members of the military and their families?
Thank you so much for all that you do and that you’re willing to sacrifice to protect our country. Without people like you, we wouldn’t have the freedom and peace of mind we take for granted every day.
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