Drive-by Interview with Shiloh Walker

If You Hear HerThis week I’m starting a new feature here at Kiss & Thrill called Drive-by Interviews. These will be interviews with some of the hottest up and coming romantic suspense authors around. And the interviews will be short, sweet, and just enough to tempt you into trying their new stuff. This week’s Drive-by Author, is the prolific Shiloh Walker!

When readers got their hands on Book 1 in Shiloh Walker’s Ash Trilogy, IF YOU HEAR HER–okay, THIS Reader–the ending came as a bit of a shock. To call it a cliff-hanger is a vast understatement. I feel sure they could hear my cries of anguish on the space station. Especially when I learned that it wouldn’t be released until some three months later! Talk about your teasers!

I’m in the process of devouring Book 2, IF YOU SEE HER, and let me be the first to tell you that it delivers! And continues with the torment. Thankfully Book 3, IF YOU KNOW HER, will be released on February 28, so I’ll finally find out who the villain is!

You’d think that once I got hold of Shiloh Walker I’d torment her with questions about what’s going to happen next, but instead I decided to go easy on her. After all, I want her to continue writing these romantic suspense novels that keep me on the edge of my seat!

So, without further ado, please welcome Shiloh Walker to the Kiss and Thrill Lair!

First off, Shiloh, let’s start with the basics. Did you have a particular book that you loved as a child?

Bunnicula.

Interesting…and what was it about Bunnicula that you loved exactly?

Vampire bunnies, of course. Who wouldn’t love that?

You’ve got a point there. They are pretty hard to resist. Moving along, when and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always written, it seems like. In middle school, at least. Before that, I’m pretty sure I was at least telling myself stories.

Hmm, it was middle school for me too. Wonder what it is about that age? So we know when you began to write, but when did you start to think of yourself as a writer?

Always… *G* I’ve always been a writer.

Okay, I’m starting to get a little jealous here. I didn’t commit to calling myself a writer for years and years. Oh well. I guess I live with the fact that you write gripping romantic suspense and were a more self-assured middle-schooler than I was.

Moving on, do you think there’s something about your writing style that sets you apart from other writers?

My voice is my own. Every writer has their own voice, their own unique way of telling a story. That’s what I have to bring to the table. Hopefully, it’s enough.

Let me be the first to tell you, that it is enough. Especially when combined with your flair for suspense. So, let’s move from your own writing to other people’s writing. What have you been reading lately? Anything that stands out?

I just finished reading a couple of Jaci Burton books, but I haven’t started anything new yet.

Mmm, smexy! And she’s moved into romantic suspense too, hasn’t she? *Writes Jaci Burton down on TBBought list*

Okay, just one more question: what projects do you have coming up that you want us to know about?

I’m finishing up my next FBI psychic book, THE REUNITED and working on a proposal for another one, plus a HUNTER book.

Ooh! Yay! More Romantic Suspense! We love the sound of that!

Thank you so much for stopping by, Shiloh!

So, all you readers out there, have you tried Ms. Walker’s Ash Trilogy? It’s a fabulous rural small town mystery set in Kentucky. What are some of your favorite small town romantic suspense novels?

One lucky commenter will win a copy of your choice of Book 1 or Book 2 of the Ash Trilogy, and a $15 gift certificate to your choice of BAMM, B&N or Amazon.

Posted on February 7, 2012, in Author Interview, Manda Collins. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Thank you for coming by today, Shiloh. I LOVED If you hear her and can’t wait to read the second book in the trilogy. My kids and I are a huge fan of Bunnicula because what’s not to love about Vampire bunnies. Good luck with the third book although I doubt you’ll need it!

  2. Great drive-by. Left me wanting to know more about Shiloh. I LOVED If you Hear Her and can’t wait for If You See Her. Book 2 and book 3 are on my Wish list (*sigh* waiting for more book funds). I SO hope to win. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  3. Shiloh’s books sound intriguing. Thanks for sharing about a great author, Manda!

  4. Great interview, Manda and Shiloh. Gotta admit, I’m a little jealous that she always considered herself a writer too, Manda.

    I started writing in junior high, but never took the idea of being a writer seriously until a few years ago.

    Being part of this blog is getting expensive and time-consuming. πŸ˜‰ I’ve already found so many new authors that I somehow didn’t know about. At least I know where to put my money now!

  5. I have to confess to being particularly fond of Howliday Inn (Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here)!

    Fantastic drive-by interview–kudos, Manda!

    Shiloh, I haven’t read any of the Ash trilogy, but I’m going to change that immediately!

  6. Thanks for being with us today Shiloh! I have to say that small towns are my favorite setting for romantic suspense, so I am eager to check out your series.

    To answer the small town favorites question, Manda – Carla Neggers, who will be with us later this month has authored some of my favorite small town romances, and my own debut is set in Flagstaff, Arizona. Love the drive by interview! Fun!

  7. Hi Trish! Wasn’t IF YOU HEAR HER fabulous? And I Lena, as a blind protagonist, was a great example of how to be inclusive of a disabled character without making her seem weak or needy. And the mystery plot just really worked for me.

    Thanks, ladies! You really should try the ASH trilogy. I almost had a meltdown when I finished the first one and realized the follow up was three months away.

    Carey, I read and loved Carla Neggers’ stories set in small town Vermont (can’t remember the series name right now). I’ve never been up there, but when that area was being tormented by the aftermath of Hurricane Irene last summer, I couldn’t help but think of those places I’d read about in Carla’s books and hoping that they were okay. (Even though the towns themselves were likely fictional.) Cool about Flagstaff! I love reading about new locales! Can’t wait for your debut!

  8. Thanks for being with us, Shiloh. What kind of stories did you write as a teenager?

    I also admit to Jr High writing (in science and math classes, surprised I graduated!) The stories were all about real guys (boyfriends I wished I had) but all my friends were featured in the chapters too, so there’d be big fights in the hallways between classes to see which friend got the new chapter to read first.

    Just went to a Tami Hoag booksigning and I have to admit her small town Oak Knoll series is pretty spectacular! When asked if she would continue more than the 3 that are published she said “not for awhile, because people might begin to think this is Cabot Cove.”

    Amazon is beginning to expect Tues purchases from me now! Looking forward to reading your series, Shiloh..

    • Sarah, I’ve got to read some Tami Hoag. Might as well start with the Oak Knoll books. Too funny about Cabot Cove. You do start to wonder about the number of murders per capita in some of these small towns.

  9. Thanks for the wonderful drive-by interview!! I love all that Shiloh writes. She is one of my new found favorite authors! I love that she left the Ash series in a cliffhanger because I love to try to figure out who the killer is and and I just love the suspense of it all!! She is truly a gifted amazing writer and I can’t wait for more

  10. Although Shiloh’s book sounds great I’m not sure I could live with the suspense of a cliffhanger ending . I would want to wait until all three were available and read them together πŸ˜€

  11. I haven’t read the Ash series yet, but they’re in the Must Read section of my Wish List. I’m a fan of Ms. Walker’s books already; Broken being my favorite.
    Some of my favorite small town romantic suspense books are older books by Linda Howard and Karen Robards.

  12. I can’t wait for the 3rd book in the Ash Trilogy!!! I loved the first two books but the suspense is killing me!! πŸ™‚ I’ve also enjoyed Shiloh Walkers Grimm and Hunters series!! The FBI Psychics series is on my to read list!! πŸ™‚

  13. Other than your books I don’t I’ve read any romantic suspense that’s in a small town. The ones I’ve read have all had big cities as the background like NYC, NOLA, LA and Seattle. Cynthia Eden has some good suspense books.

    • I’m a huge Cynthia Eden fan, Jovial! She’s a friend too, which makes it easy to bribe her for ARCs.

      Okay, I kid. I don’t bribe her. Mainly because it wouldn’t work. That’s one tough lady!

  14. Great interview Manda! Thanks for stopping by Shiloh. I always wondered how you got your name? It’s romance heroine perfect — so, what was the inspiration?

    Again, great luck with the upcoming and new books and hope to have you back here again!

    Hugs,
    Diana Belchase

  15. I loved the first novel. Cant wait to read the second and third. Some other small town stories I have liked are by Nora Roberts.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  16. Thanks for being interviewed Shiloh and great interview, Manda!

    I agree with Gwen – this blog is getting expensive with all these great book recommendations. I’m going to have to give up sleeping just so I can read them all.

    One of my favorite small town RS stories is Tami Hoag’s NIGHT SINS. Loved it so much it made my desert island book list.

  17. I really enjoy small town romantic suspenses. They combine two aspects of romance I already like. In a small town the community can really have life and I sort of get to know everyone. When you add in some suspense it can be interesting to guess who’s the culprit. A couple of my favorite suspense stories set in a small town are by Carla Neggers.

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