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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Karin Shah



Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release. I'm very excited about a new series I'm writing, The Chimera Chronicles. It follows seven shape shifting brothers separated in childhood, who for the most part, don't know what they are or that they have family. A chimera must find his fated mate around the age of thirty or risk going "feral," losing themselves in their lion or dragon side and doing what those creatures do best, kill. Each book is about a different brother finding his siblings and his mate.

Are you a mom (or parent)? 

Yes, I have two children, a girl and a boy.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting? 

Absolutely! I'm spoiled because I have all day to write while they're in school, but it's hard mid-scene when things are flowing to stop and help with homework, or, if an idea comes to me on the weekend, to wait until the week to beginning writing.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life? 

The heroine, Anjali, from IN LIKE A LION is based on a loose conglomerate of my husband's lovely and talented female cousins. And the earthquake that took her family in the book really happened in 1999 in the state of Gujarat in India. Because buildings were not up to code, whole families were lost.

When youre not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

Far too many! I show my vizsla and our family is waiting on a just born basenji puppy who I may show. I do TaeKwonDo and I love low-budget action/martial arts movie. I have a huge martial arts crush on British actor, Scott Adkins, Undisputed III, Assassination Games.


Of all the characters youve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

I love Thalia from BLOOD AND KISSES. She's the witches' champion. She handles all the magic problems in her community, but when a string of murders turn out to be by a rogue vampire, she goes across species (read enemy)lines to ask Gideon Damek, an ancient vampire, for help. She's got issues with self-image and confidence, but she still steps up to do what needs to be done.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

I'm working on IN SPIRIT (working title) the next book in the Chimera Chronicles series. Ethan has no idea he's a chimera, when he instinctively tries to shift during a break in at his home, he gets stuck in incorporeal form and believes he's a ghost. Devon Daughtry is a lawyer. Forced to be a whistleblower at her firm, she runs home to Western NY, but home is just outside Lily Dale, NY the famous spiritualist town, and Devon used to be a medium, before a frightening experience made her slam the door on that side of herself. She finds a picture of Ethan in the house she's renting and feels a connection. He thinks she's a fake because she can't see him, but is drawn to her, too, in passionate dreams, and when a demon attacks her, he knows he has to protect her, if only he knew how.


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IN LIKE A LION
The Chimera Chronicles Book One
Karin Shah

Genre: Paranormal Romance


ASIN: B00AQJ756C

Word Count: 86,673

Cover Artist: Rae Monet


Book Description:

Dangerous and forbidden...

Research scientist, Dr. Anjali Mehta, lost her beloved family in an earthquake. Only her work cuts through the paralyzingly grief, but when she finds her new research subject, reputed mass murderer, Jake Finn, maddeningly uncooperative and inexplicably sexy she's tempted to run away. How can she burn to touch a killer--a man behind bars?

What she doesn't know is that Jake is a chimera, a shapeshifter who can change into a lion or a dragon with all the strengths of both even in human form, who believes his ability to shape shift is nothing but a terrifying hallucination, and his overpowering attraction to his new doctor proof positive he’s finally gone over the edge.

And the employer she trusts has an agenda all his own. If she can't believe the impossible, neither she nor Jake may make it out alive.


About the Author:

I live in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio and worship Jeni's Ice Cream, JK Rowling, Jayne Ann Krentz, the tv show Supernatural, and the movies, Hunt For Red October and The Princess Bride(though not necessarily  in that order.)

I am a fanatical reader of Romance, particularly Sci-Fi Romance, Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance. I always write the book I want to read, so I tend to jump sub-genre a bit. My husband and I are the parents of two kids (a girl and a boy)  and slaves to two dogs ( a basenji and a vizsla)

I was born in Rochester, NY, attended SUNY Oswego and got my Master's in Information and Library Science at the University of Buffalo. I was a School Librarian in Webster, NY for five years before starting my writing career. (I still miss my students.)


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3 comments:

IreAnne Chambers said...

Hi Karen! This book sounds wonderful! I love the idea that if they don't find their mate by 30 they will go "feral." That is a great way of upping the stakes! Can't wait to read it.

Liz S. said...

Your story looks intriguing. I will have to add it to my TBR pile. I enjoyed Star Jacked very much.

karinshah said...

Thanks, Irene and Liz!