Sunday, April 10, 2011

with Shannon Vannatter

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Shannon!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

I did more sewing and crafts. I’ve sewn most of the curtains, toppers, and bedspreads in my house. I also spent more time on my house. My house was much cleaner and more orderly before writing.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Productivity during the summer. During the school year, I write during the day. In the summer, I focus on my son and only write when he’s not home, has a friend over, or is asleep. I stay up too late and get up too early.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
I haven’t had time to read lately, but I have a to-be-read pile. I’m looking forward to Cynthia Ruchti’s They Almost Always Come Home and Gina Holmes’ Crossing Oceans.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Hayden Winters. I always fall in love with my heroes. Good thing I base some aspect of each hero on my husband. Hayden was so broken and burdened. I just wanted to make things better for him.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Coconut Four Layer Delight – It’s smooth and creamy with a surprising wang. Cream cheese makes everything better.

Here's the recipe for Coconut Four Layer Delight:

1 stick butter (softened)
1 cup flour
Mix together and press in bottom of 9x13 glass pan. Bake at 350 degrees until slightly golden.

two 8 oz blocks cream cheese (very softened)
1 cup powdered sugar
8 oz cool whip
Mix with electric mixer until well blended. Pour over cooled crust.

2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding
Milk according to package directions for pie
Mix according to package directions. Pour over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle coconut over top and refrigerate.

Options: Press chopped pecans into unbaked crust and sprinkle over top. Can also make with chocolate pudding and pecans instead of coconut.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
I’d tell it to go away because I don’t believe in monsters. I’m very practical.

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
Summers from 10 -12 years old. We lived near Atlanta, GA very close to Six Flags. I had older cousins and we spent much of our summers at Six Flags. I had big dreams of growing up to be one of those girls on roller skates sweeping the park.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Clean the bathrooms and putting laundry away. They’re both endless chores.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Forgiving others when they don’t deserve to be forgiven. Love doesn’t conquer all, Jesus does.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
To turn my books over to Him. During writing, during editing, during marketing.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
The first of my Texas rodeo series will release to the Heartsong Presents book club in October. Rodeo Dust is about a city girl, ad exec and a country boy, bull rider. She’s terrified of bulls and marriage, while he wants a wife, kids, and to follow in his rodeo champ father’s footsteps. He agrees to be a spokesmodel for a clothing line to avoid employee lay-offs at his ranch and her company works on his ad campaign.

You can purchase White Doves from Amazon.

Shannon is giving away a copy of White Doves. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Judy B said...

Loved the interview! I sure wish I could sew. I have no talent in that department! I can't wait to try the Four Coconut Layer Delight. I love Coconut and it sounds Yummy! I would love to win this book.

Judy B from Indiana

Jo said...

Great interview. Growing up I lived near an amusement park in New York and loved to go there all the time. Was so much fun! Thank you for the opportunity of being entered for your book.


cjajsmommy said...

That recipe sounds interesting. I'll have to try it sometime for my coconut-loving dh. Please enter me for a copy of this book. Thanks.

Jennifer said...

I'd love to read this book!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Maureen said...

Oh Shannon I've made your recipe for years...we love it. Sometimes I make it in Lemon for lemon squares. Other times it is chocolate! Yummy.
Please include me!!

Anonymous said...

I really want to win this book!

apple blossom said...

please enter me thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

windycindy said...

I am definitely going to make this delightful cake...
Many thanks, Cindi

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

Sorry I'm late to the conversation. Since I'm a preacher's wife, Sunday is one of our busiest days.

Hi Judy B,
I don't sew clothes. Too complicated. If you make a pucker, you're toast. With curtains and bedspreads, you make a pucker and it doesn't show so much.

Sunny, apple blossom, and Linda,
Glad the book sounds interesting to you. Such comments make a writers' heart sing.

Now you can try the coconut, chocolate, and lemon versions and find your favorite.

My parents moved me to rural Arkansas when I was twelve. I thought my life was over, especially with no Six Flags. But now, I wouldn't live anywhere else. And I married a man afraid of roller coasters, so living near Six Flags wouldn't do me much good.

My mom made that recipe for years when I was a kid. Then as an adult, I tried the chocolate version for the first time. Everybody else seems to make the chocolate and had never had the coconut. I'm usually a chocolate kind of gal, but for this one dessert, I like the coconut better. Maybe because you can taste the cream cheese more.

I hope you enjoy the book one way or the other.

I'll have to try the lemon version. That sounds good.

noseinanovel said...

This sounds like an excellent romance! Great interview, too, I love that Ms. Vannatter's goal was to be one of the girls on rollerskates who sweeps amusement parks! Too cute :)

Please enter me: ksmiley2[at]kent[dot]edu

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

Hi noseinanovel,
I love your handle. I loved rollerskates and I loved Six Flags, so it just seemed like the perfect job. I'm glad I ended up writing books instead.

Courtney said...

Sounds like a very interesting story, I love the spiritual theme of forgiving others that are hard to forgive with Jesus' help. Forgiving can be such a hard thing to do! Thanks for a chance to win this book!


Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

Hi Courtney,
Forgiveness is one of my favorite themes. It's so important in a Christian's life, but so hard to do without Jesus' help.

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