Saturday, June 20, 2015

Blog Tour: Find Me in Manhattan by @ShealyJames #interview

New Adult Contemporary Romance
Date Published: March 25, 2015

Find Me in Manhattan is a stand-alone spin-off novel from the Finding Series.
Sarah Grant is finally living her dream in the Big Apple. While working to achieve her life’s ambitions, she becomes ensnared by the charming and charismatic Jameson Carmichael. Just when Jameson threatens Sarah’s safety, a dream-worthy hero falls in her lap making her question everything she had ever believed about herself.
Sergeant Michael Pearson is merely existing in this nightmare he calls life. He is attempting to have a normal existence, while struggling to discover who he is after the army. When an opportunity save someone arises, he doesn’t hesitate, but Michael doesn’t realize that he is rescuing the one woman in a city of millions that can make him want to truly live again.
Sarah and Michael discover a connection that runs deep, but can they find love in a city known for heartbreak?


Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Nothing is insurmountable, and as always, love conquers all.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I found it to be difficult to tell this story in a way romance readers would enjoy but also approach PTSD with the sensitivity and respect people who suffer from the disorder deserve. This was my first time diving into such a sensitive issue, so I focused heavily on my research about diagnosing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I have published five but written a few more than that. My favorite is always the one I’m obsessing over at the moment. Once I write them, I move on to the next favorite idea, but there is some component about each book that I love more than others. 

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

Michael was designed after Jake Gyllenhal in Jarheads. Even though he was in a different branch of the military, I could see Jake in Michael throughout, or maybe I saw Michael in Jake…I don’t know.

I wrote this before Fifty came out as a movie, but now, I would cast Eloise Mumford as Sarah. Her smile is exactly what I pictured on Sarah the very first time I wrote about her in Finding Me, Finding You.  With that being said, she would really have to brush up on her southernisms to play Sarah.

Jameson Charmichael was actually written while staring at a Ralph Lauren ad. Seriously. I haven’t found the perfect actor for him yet.

When did you begin writing?

A few years ago when some of my co-workers tried to do NaNoWriMo.

How long did it take to complete your first book?
A full year. Yikes.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
I had friends inspire me more than one particular author. I am so impressed with what people can do with words. You can destroy or empower, and I have seen both.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 Writing the first draft. Just getting the story down is exciting because I never know what is going to happen until it happens.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
The hero is sexy.

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
 A series I have been writing was just picked up by a small publisher with big ideas. I am so excited to be publishing this series of contemporary romance books about the kind game changers ladies wish for.

Shealy James is a Georgia native who teaches middle school by day and disappears into the world of fiction at night.  She is an avid reader and writer who hopes to one day write full time and leave the world of middle school angst behind. A sucker for love and happy endings, Shealy likes to combine humor and drama to create stories that are both emotional as well as entertaining. 

Purchase Links

Find Me in Manhattan

Other Books in this Series

Finding Me, Finding You

Finding Us

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