from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a minor in
Psychology, Sociology and Social Studies. A devoted
mother of four, Shellie previously worked on staff with
Northbrook Church as the King’s Kids ministry assistant
(serving children in grades 2nd through 5th), developing
and writing curriculum, involving families and volunteers in
King’s Kids programs and encouraging the spiritual growth
in school-aged children.
Shellie’s YA novel, Driven, is now available in electronic form and is scheduled for print release March 1, 2011 from Risen Fiction. She is an active member of SCBWI and ACFW as well as a contributing author at various blogs including Samiesisters.com, thebarndoor.net, and ya_noveling.com.
Can you share some more about your book, Driven...
Robyn can’t help but notice the handsome new guy at her school. She ignores, however, the arrival of another being at Brookfield Central High School—a demon assigned to destroy her…
Robyn loves her friends, enjoys her youth group, and looks forward to meeting cute Caleb Montague. But when a caustic news reporter challenges her school’s prayer team, Robyn must choose: defend their right to meet on campus and pray for whomever they wish or back down at the principal’s request.
Now she must learn what God wants her to do. And she had better learn fast,
because there’s a supernatural enemy in town whose sole mission is to stop
her—no matter the cost.
Driven can be purchased through the following links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EHZU28?ie=UTF8&tag=shellneume-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004EHZU28">Driven</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=shellneume-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B004EHZU28
Barnes and Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Driven/Shellie-Neumeier/e/9780984093151/?itm=1&USRI=shellie+neumeier
Risen Fiction (publisher): http://www.risenfiction.com/store
Sounds like an awesome book. Thank you for sharing.
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I usually get into some type of trouble when I have too much time on my hands and power tools in reach, so when my job wound down my husband suggested I write the stories I tell. He thought it would be safer than the power tools. I’m not so sure though, you should see what I do to my characters.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
My characters are like Frankenstein’s monster. They’re a miss-mash of personalities, ticks, and quirks I’ve noticed throughout my life, never stemming from a single person, but from the best of many.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
Does virtual research count? If so, there’s a scene where Robyn, the heroine, goes ice sailing. I’ve never been, but I’ve watched, so google had to help me with the mechanics of their boat and how they’d sail it. I think it would be a lot of fun to ice sail especially at night, but I’m not sure my medical insurance is ready for that, yet.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
Yes. My youngest two children contributed to a mid-grade novel last year that is in the querying phase and I’m contributing two novellas toward a four-in-one collection which is still being cleaned up. And of course I’m tinkering with a Driven sequel.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
My writing schedule depends on the season of the year. In winter, I’m employed as a tax agent (this is where I muster some of my most creative thinking), so I write later in the evenings and for short bits of time although I’m hoping to work a thousand words a day, this time around. In the spring and fall, my children are still in school and I have nothing but my dogs to distract me, so I can write for hours. In the summer, all bets are off. Some days I get a couple hours in, others are bone dry. I try to save my summers for editing or short stories rather than an all-consuming novel.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
My friends and family have been wonderful. My husband takes the children out if I need a bit of intensive writing time, my parents are some of my most avid critiquers, and I force let my children read everything I’ve written.
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you? ~ POV issues; using too much passive voice and not enough active voice; trouble creating active and engaging dialogue; using too many similar words in starting sentences; or something else?
My writing struggles with saggy middles and a fierce adjective addiction. Fortunately, I have some great crit partners who prod me through those bland middles (my husband once said, “throw the fire alarm, that ought to get things moving,” so I did and it worked—go figure) and I’m slowly learning how to carve off the extra descriptors before an editor sees the page.
Shellie, thank you so much for stopping by. I enjoyed our chat and learning more about you and your work.