Monday, March 23, 2015

Author Shannon Guymon/Katie Lee O'Guinn

Day Eleven: Shannon Guymon/Katie Lee O'Guinn

1.        Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I live in Utah with five of my six children. I enjoy being active and eating healthy. I also like dancing and hanging out in book stores. I hate small talk and you can usually find me hanging out in a dark corner if I’m forced to attend anything social.

2.        What do you do when you are not writing? I’m the mom of 6 kids so I stay pretty busy with exciting things like cooking, laundry and running kids to soccer, basketball and gymnastics.

3.        What is your favorite smell? Freshly mowed grass

4.        When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? I was 26 and I finished my first book when I was 27.

5.        If you had 24 hours to live, excluding spending time with your family, what would you do? Eat anything I wanted while reading JK Rowling’s brand new Harry Potter series based on his children at Hogwarts (wishful thinking) while I lay on a private beach.

6.        Do you ever experience writer’s block? Yes! It’s tragic and a super big pain when that happens.

7.        Do you work with an outline, or just write? I just write. I find it more exciting that way when I don’t know what’s going to happen.

8.        What is your favorite kind of cheese? Gouda

9.        Is there any particular author or book that influenced you growing up or as an adult?  Jane Austen (obviously)and I adored The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

10.    Would I find anything growing in your refrigerator right now? Nah – we eat way too fast to let mold grow.

11.  How would you describe yourself in three words? Courageous, positive and protective.

12.    Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? I always put a little of what I’m going through into whatever book I’m writing at the moment. What that is though … I’ll let the reader guess.

13.    Who is your favorite author? Since most of you will probably say me ;) please tell me then, who is your second favorite author?  Haha – thanks for clarifying J  Sorry, but JK Rowling is the queen. No one can touch her on character development, dialogue, description and plot. She’s a freak of a genius

14.    What was your favorite part of writing and why? Escaping into the story.

15.    Chocolate or Brussels sprouts?  Seriously? Chocolate of course.

16.    What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? When people say it’s an easy read.  It’s a lot of work to make it that way.

17.    What has been the best compliment given to you as an author? This last year a women told me that my books had helped her through a very tough experience. It made me feel good to know that what I do could bring comfort and peace to people.

18.    What is your least favorite smell? Vomit.

19.    Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? Just do it (Nike slogan) but really. Just sit down and put your words on the paper. And keep doing it every day

20.      Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers? That I love them! I truly do. They bring me a lot of joy.

Author Bio  I live in Utah with my six children and I'm the author of thirty-three books so far. I write YA Paranormal Romance under my pen name, Katie Lee O'Guinn. I enjoy the outdoors, reading and being with my children. I'm also a supporter of the Operation Underground Railroad. They're an amazing organization that rescues children from slavery. To read more about them, go to:
As you've probably already guessed, I'm a huge believer in happy endings. Scarlett really should have been happy with Rhett and it's a darn shame Leo and Kate didn't float safely into New York on the Titanic. Don't even get me started on Romeo and Juliet. To find out the latest on my books, check out my blog at or 

 You can purchase my book here: Amazon 

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Thanks for stopping by!
Sherry Gammon
Thanks for stopping by!
Sherry Gammon


  1. Great interview! I loved reading it. Shannon Guymon is one of my favorite authors. I just wanted to clarify something. As a reviewer and book blogger, I often use the phrase "it was an easy read". I give that as a high compliment. It means that as a reader, I didn't have to struggle to understand or work to get through the book. Some books really are work to read. If I say a book was an easy read, it means that I was able to settle in and really enjoy it and it was a pleasure to read. If a book feels that way to me, I know the author worked hard to get it that way. I guess as a reviewer, I need to be more careful with my phrasing and explain it better!

  2. Gratitude interview! Shannon is an amazingly talented author as well as an amazing and generous person.