Saturday, May 23, 2015

1 S.E. Green, author of KILLER WITHIN, on finding your voice

KILLER WITHIN is the sequel to KILLER INSTINCT, and we're thrilled to have author S.E. Green join us chat about writing.

S.E., what did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

Writing both KILLER INSTINCT and KILLER WITHIN taught me how to be me. How to take
chances and write how I truly want to write--raw and gritty and dark.


Was there an AHA! moment along your road to publication where something suddenly sank in and you felt you had the key to writing a novel? What was it?

I tried writing adult novels and my critique partners kept telling me I had a young voice and I should write YA. One day I finally listened and tried and you know what? They were right! I knew within two pages that I had found my voice!

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I'm a morning writer. I type at a stand up desk in my kitchen--close to the coffee.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Don't be afraid to take chances. Write every day, even if you end up deleting it. And join a writer's group--it's great for networking and learning the craft.

What are you working on now?

A YA suspense involving a satanic cult.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Killer Within by S.E. Green
Hardcover
Simon Pulse Released 
5/19/2015

In the heart-pounding sequel to the “zippy, gripping psychological drama” (Kirkus Reviews) Killer Instinct, teen vigilante Lane must face the secrets and unexpected consequences that arise in the wake of her first kill.

It’s been three months since Lane made her first kill—the sadistic Decapitator—and now she feels both closer and more alienated than ever from her united, grieving family. Haunted by conflicting memories of her mother, Lane resumes her role as the vigilante Masked Savior out of a feeling of obligation—but her heart just isn’t in it anymore. Now that Lane has felt the rush of deeper, darker thrills, a growing part of her wants to revisit its seductive power, and she’s not sure how long she can resist.

Meanwhile, the Masked Savior has inspired its own fan site, where groupies gather online to praise, document, and debate each delivered act of justice. But one of Lane’s secret admirers is becoming a cunning copycat, exacting “justice” on defenseless innocents, increasing the violence with each attack.

Someone is watching Lane, edging closer to making contact. Someone who knows her darkest secrets. Will Lane be able to stop the copycat and keep her identity protected? Or will she give in to the thrills that tempt her?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shannon Greenland, or S. E. Green, is the award winning author of the teen thriller, Killer Instinct, a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; the teen spy series, The Specialists, an ALA Popular Paperback and a National Reader’s Choice recipient; and the YA romance, The Summer My Life Began, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award. Her books have been translated into several languages and are currently on numerous state reading lists.

 Shannon is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America, and Mystery Writers of America. She has participated in and served as a guest speaker at festivals and conferences around the country to include but not limited to the LA Times Book Festival, American Library Association, Book Expo of America, Bouchercon, Romance Writers of America, RT Book Convention, Young Adult Keller Book Festival, Southern Festival of Books, and many more.

Shannon grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her online everywhere @segreenauthor.


What did you think of our interview with S.E. Green, author of KILLER WITHIN? Let us know in the comments!

Happy reading,


Martina, Jocelyn, Shelly, Jan, Lisa, Susan, and Erin

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