Before I start writing a book, the first thing I do is try to get to know the characters. I figure out their personalities and what they look like. Then I create collages that I hang on the bulletin board above my desk as visual inspiration as I write.
Moira O’Leary is the only daughter who inherited the red hair from her mother. She is also buxom. So naturally, I pictured Christina Hendricks in the role of Moira. Not only does her coloring and body type fit the character, but I also think it was her smile that made me know she was the right inspiration. She’s sexy and smart and looks like she knows how to have fun.
Jimmy O’Malley gave me a bit of a harder time. I needed a guy who is good looking (duh!) but could also be intense. Jimmy spends most of the book being very serious. He’s not the kind of guy who smiles and laughs often. However, when he does, it’s powerful. Because of this, I chose Chris Pine as my inspiration for Jimmy. Really, I don’t think any other explanation is needed, is there?
Catch Your Breath
The O’Learys Book #4
Releasing July 3rd, 2014
As kids they steered clear of one another–but now a beautiful, well-connected reporter and a sexy, driven detective are all grown-up and on the job. . .
Moira O’Leary’s work as a reporter gives her access to some of Chicago’s swankiest soirées. She knows how to navigate the jet-set crowd, and her style and confidence help her blend right in. But when her childhood crush starts popping up at posh events, her poise begins to falter–until she realizes she has the upper hand in a high-stakes game of secrets and seduction. . .
Jimmy O’Malley has always tried to avoid his friend Liam’s little sister. Something about Moira spelled trouble. But he’s out of his element working undercover in Chicago’s high society, and Moira is his ticket to the inner circle. As sparks begin to fly–and their chemistry heats up–Moira gets dangerously close to his investigation. Will Jimmy be forced to push her away to keep her safe–or will they surrender to a desire that could leave them breathless?
Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.
She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
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