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Monday, April 20, 2009

Wanda Dyson and Free Books!

When a bounty hunter's family is threatened, he is forced to take his moral code right to the limit and fight the urge to step over the line between what he should do and what he could do.

Before we meet today's author, I'd like to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Debby Mayne's book, Peachtree Dreams, goes to:

msgtspfox@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

And now let's meet novelist Wanda Dyson, author of Shepherd's Fall (RandomHouse/Waterbrook, April 2009).

PhotobucketWanda Dyson is the best-selling author of suspense novels and a non-fiction title that was featured on Oprah. She lives in Maryland on a horse farm with her daughter, the horses, the chickens, the rabbits, the cats, two Australian Shepherds and a German Shepherd puppy.

Please tell us a bit more about Shepherd's Fall, Wanda.

PhotobucketNick Shepherd is the first-born of the three Shepherd siblings and the most dedicated to the family bounty hunter business. But that dedication may cost him everything when he starts a personal war with the Carver crime family and they take his teenage daughter in retaliation. Time is running out, the ATF is blocking his way, and someone close to him is about to betray him. Can he get to Krystal before it all falls apart?

Which character in your novel most interested you while you wrote? Why?

I loved Nick--I guess being a first-born child and something of a control freak, I could relate to him, but Conner ended up intriguing me the most. He's solid, dedicated, and devoted to his family and friends, but he has a history that gives him a unique perception of the world around him.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

It's fast paced, lots of action, and the kind of book that men enjoy as much as women.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketNick - Michael Weatherly.

PhotobucketSteven - Nathan Fillion

PhotobucketMarti - Sandra Bullock

Conner - Actor/wrestler The Rock

PhotobucketRafe - Antonio Banderas

Those are some mighty attractive bounty hunters, Wanda. What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? Explain.

Writing the action, setting it up and keeping it going. My mind just works that way. It's running in my head so fast that I just keep typing. I don't have to think too hard to kill someone off.

Duly noted, my dear. What do you struggle with in your writing?

Characters. I am so not a character writer, so developing them on paper as well as I know them in my head is a real struggle. I much prefer writing the crime, the action, the high-octane parts of the book.

A new writer wants to know how to keep her readers from setting her book down. What's your advice?

Keep raising questions but don't be so quick to provide the answers. That really is the simplest way I know to keep them turning the pages.

Choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.

Wow. Tough question. I'm going to say my desk. Because I'm a mess. LOL. Seriously, people think I am so organized, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Yes, you do hide that well, especially from any of us who have witnessed you at writers' conferences. What is the last book you read that impacted you? How did it affect you?

The Night Watchman by Mark Mynheir. He did such a phenomenal job developing that remarkable character that I just couldn't get enough of him. It makes me really want to develop that skill . . . of bringing remarkable characters to life on the page.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I'm finishing up Steven's story, the second book in the Prodigal trilogy - Shepherd's Run. He's such a fascinating guy because he's doing what he thinks is his duty even though he'd much prefer to be doing something else and it's fun to watch God take him apart and force him to see what he should be doing with his life.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online? Please include the link for purchasing your book.

My site: www.WandaDyson.com And there's a link there to go straight to Amazon to buy the book.

Thanks, Wanda, for telling us about yourself and Shepherd's Fall. Readers, Wanda has offered to sign a copy of her book for the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 27. To enter, leave a comment for Wanda, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. If you subscribe to my blog, at right (or if you're already subscribed), you'll be entered an additional time to this drawing and all future drawings.

And check back on Thursday, when we'll meet novelist Jenny B. Jones, author of So Not Happening. And we'll draw the winner of Loree Lough's book, Love Finds You in Paradise, Pennsylvania. You can still enter for that drawing under Loree's interview, below.

Finally, if you'd like to leave a comment for Sara Mills, (see April 15 posting, below), please do. On April 25 I'll draw a name from those who have commented and will send both of Sara's novels to the winner. See more info, below.


Linda said...

Bounty hunters are a breed all their own. This will have to be good! Trying to remember the one on TV, is it "DOG"?

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Carly Kendall said...

I have heard about this book. It sounds really good. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.

jeaneintexas said...

A book about bounty hunters will be
a new read for me and it sounds very interesting. Please enter me
in the drawing. Thanks

Anna W. said...

Sounds awesome! Please enter me!

Anna W.
writer_weaver at yahoo dot com

Sara said...

Love books, love new authors (new to me) ,
and Wanda I love your picks for the movie.
That question is always interesting to see the
answers but sometimes leaves me wishing
that star studded thriller was really coming
to the big screen !

artist4christ -@- cyberhaus -.- us

Janna said...

I loved Wanda's Shefford-Johnson series and am so excited for her new series! Please enter me :-)


Jan said...

Sounds like it should be a good read. Those were some interesting choices you'd like to play the movie part. I love Sandra Bullock in just about everything she does. I also like Antonio and the Rock. I'm not real familiar with the other two actors however.


Rebekah E. said...

Sounds Like a great book. Please enter me in your contest.

Theresa N. said...

Love what you said about keeping the reader interested "don't be quick to giving them answers". Good advice. The book sounds great.
Theresa N

Trish Perry said...

I agree with you, Sara, that movie question often makes me feel as if the movie is actually going to be made . . . too bad that doesn't happen more often!

squiresj said...

This book sounds exciting. Now if they would make a movie using Sandra Bullock, I'd have to buy it. My youngest daughter buys every DVD with her in it.
I enjoyed your interview.
jrs362 (at) hotmail (dot) com
Enter me to win

windycindy said...

I would be so excited to win two of
Sara's books! Please enter my name in your delightful giveaway drawing.
Many thanks!

HollyMag said...

I love the actors you choose! I'll picture them when I read the book. I have enjoyed previous books by Wanda. Please enter me.

Michelle Sutton said...

Ooh, that guy Nathan who portrays Steven is very easy on the eyes! I loved, loved, loved this story but all I have is a cheesy galley sooooo...I'd like to be entered to win a real copy. :)

hippmom said...

Looks great! Thanks for the chance to win.

angelahipp (at) charter (dot) net

Edna said...

I would love to win this book, and may God bless.


Deborah said...

This type of story would be a new one for me, it sounds so good. It would be a good one for our "Book of the Month Club" the ladies would love it!! Please enter me in the drawing!



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