Flawfully Wedded Wives Virtual Book Tour Featuring Author Shana BurtonBy APOOO • Aug 26th, 2013 • Category: APOOO Features • Email This Post • Print This Post
Welcome to APOOO, Shana!
In 140 words or less, tell us a little about yourself. I’m an author, of course, but first I’m a Christian, mother, a sister, daughter, friend, and educator. I’m also a lot of things that don’t match: I’m very ambition but also very lazy. I’m a messy neat-freak. I love romance, but I don’t like commitment. I’m a conservative liberal. I’m extreme like that on almost everything.
In 140 words or less, tell us why Flawfully Wedded Wives would make a great addition to our personal library. Flawfully Wedded Wives would make a great addition to your personal library because it’s a fun, heartfelt, entertaining read. The characters are very human and are just like the people you know or the person you are. They love hard; they screw up harder. They’re works in progress like all of us.
How did you come up with the premise for Flawfully Wedded Wives? Since its third installment in the trilogy, the premise was basically already there. The challenge for me was coming up with interesting storylines for the five main characters. The added challenge was also showing how the women had grown since the last book. While they are still flawed, I did want to show that they have matured a little bit.
Tell us about the main character(s) in your book title. The main characters are Sullivan, Lawson, Angel, Kina, and Reginell.
Sullivan is the very non-traditional first lady of Mount Zion Ministries. She’s very impulsive, says and does whatever she wants, and is always all about SULLIVAN. However, her redeeming quality is her loyalty to her friends. Otherwise, she’d be an absolute mess.
Lawson is the headstrong, moral one of the group. She’s principled and steadfast in her beliefs. The downside is that she often holds people to impossible standards and ends up alienating the people she loves most.
Angel is a mix of Lawson and Sullivan. She strives to do the right thing like Lawson, but usually falls victim to her emotions like Sullivan. She’s often conflicted by her drive to do the right thing and her desire to do the complete opposite.
Kina is probably the most evolving of all the characters. In the first book (Flaws and All), she was sort of weak and victimized by her husband. After his death in the second book (Flaw Less), she struggled to discover who she was. In this book, she’s finally found her voice, but a lot of drama comes along with this new Kina.
Reginell is definitely the wild-child of the bunch. She’s Lawson’s younger sister and is the antithesis of Lawson. She doesn’t have her sister’s morals and principles. She’s a stripper and is very overt with her sexuality. However, for all her bravado, deep down she’s insecure and longs for the stability and love that her sister has.
What are some of the main themes you portray in Flawfully Wedded Wives? With all of my books, forgiveness is always a big theme. This book also addresses self-love, self-identity, and acceptance– both of one’s self and other people.
What makes Flawfully Wedded Wives different from other books in the marketplace? I don’t think the plot is that different, but I definitely think my writing style separates my books for others. With this book, I’ve created characters that anyone can relate to and touch on issues that a lot of Christian fiction authors may avoid. My characters have sex, they cheat, they have abortions, they lie and manipulate, they smoke weed, but they love God and each other. They’re funny and crazy and all of the things that make us human and make for an interesting book. I think all of those elements set Flawfully Wedded Wives apart from other books out there.
What genre is Flawfully Wedded Wives and who is the target audience? This book can wear many hats!! It’s chick lit as much as it is Christian fiction. It’s also contemporary romance. The target audience is anyone who has ever loved and lost, done something they regret, is ready for a change in life, and who understands the daily struggle of being all things to all people. So that’s probably everybody with some life experience!
What lessons have you learned about the publishing industry? Writing is a passion, but being published is a business. An author has to act and think like any business tycoon. There’s just too much competition out there from other authors and other forms of entertainment to be passive. Authors must take control and use every outlet available to be seen and heard.
What can readers expect from you in the future? I’m working on a memoir chronicling my “divorced to dating” experiences, which people will find either hilarious or traumatizing. I’m also working on Flawbulous, which may be the last in the Flaws series. I also just submitted a script to a film company, so there are many exciting things on the horizon right now.
Is there anything else you would like to share with APOOO readers? I just want to thank everyone who has taken this writing journey with me for the past five years. It’s been an awesome ride with much more to come. Stay tuned…
More about Shana Burton:
Visit the author online at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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